As soon as it was introduced on the market, mineral makeup has taken the beauty world by storm. Lots of indie companies making and selling mineral makeup have appeared and even big, traditional companies like Maybelline, Elizabeth Arden and Lancome have jumped on the bandwagon and added minerals to their products.
Personally, I love pure mineral makeup (products that contain only minerals and no synthetic ingredients like silicones or preservatives). I like the idea of using products that contain fewer ingredients which are less likely to cause irritations and other negative reactions but still provide good coverage that lasts for hours.
Can mineral makeup be drying?
However, not everyone is a fan of mineral makeup. Some hate the messy factor (that powder can fly everywhere if you’re not careful!), others says it accentuates their wrinkles and dry patches and then there are those that swear that mineral makeup has dried out their skin. But mineral makeup has always been touted by everyone to be very gentle and beneficial, so you wouldn’t expect it to be drying. But it actually can be.
Mineral makeup isn’t moisturizing
You see, pure mineral makeup isn’t moisturizing. Forget all the marketing crap and promises companies make. The truth is that powders have absorbent properties, not moisturizing ones. Kaolin, Silica and Magnesium, which are just some of the minerals used in this type of cosmetics can all absorb oil and so if your skin is dry, it could dry it out even more and enhance flaking too.
The formula and your skin type matter too
Of course, that doesn’t mean that all mineral makeup products will dry your skin. That depends on the formula (some products contain powders that don’t absorb oil but of course they aren’t moisturizing either) and on your skin type. Those with dry skin may encounter this problem, while people with oily skin would benefit from its absorbing properties and if you have normal skin, then you will more than likely be able to use mineral makeup with no side effects at all.
I have combination skin with dry cheeks and a slightly oily t-zone and have used several mineral foundations, powders and blushes etc and so far, none of these products have made my skin dry. They didn’t moisturize it either, but I don’t really care about it. I apply my usual moisturizer for moisture and hydration and as long as mineral makeup doesn’t dry my skin or makes it look patchy, I don’t see any reason not to use it.
The Bottom Line
My point is that mineral makeup is not the best type of makeup out there. It’s just one of the alternatives and like every other type of product, it will work for some people but not for others. We all have different skin and we all react to the same product differently and mineral makeup ones are no exceptions and they simply won’t work for everyone.
Do you use mineral makeup?