Mineral foundation is formulated to be gentle on acne-prone, sensitive skin. These formulas, which are usually powder-based, promise a gentler, more natural approach to beautifying your complexion. Of course, 'natural' doesn't always mean 'good'—as anyone who's ever encountered natural poison ivy can attest. Indeed, most such foundations are specifically formulated to minimise skin irritation. But you'll need to be a savvy consumer and choose the product that works best for your own complexion.
Benefits of Mineral Makeup for Acne-Prone and Sensitive Skin
Most mineral cosmetics are free of chemical dyes, fragrances, mineral oils, and common skin irritants. Mineral-based foundation is naturally oil-free, making it ideal for both sensitive and acne-prone complexions.
Most mineral foundations are also powder-based, adding to their appeal for people with oily, acne-prone skin. Powders absorb oil, leaving you with a fresh complexion all day instead of a glossy sheen by lunchtime.
If you're ready to give powder-based mineral cosmetics a try, consider an organic formula containing the purest, least irritating ingredients. La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation With Broad Spectrum SPF15 is a great option that contains sunscreen.
If you're sensitive to zinc oxide or other SPF ingredients, give Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation a try instead. Like many mineral foundations, Youngblood includes a proprietary blend of natural UVA/UVB shields in its foundation.
Some cosmetic experts claim that the very fine particles in mineral makeup can irritate sensitive skin. Irritation may be compounded by ingredients to which your skin has previously reacted poorly. If your skin is reactive, always do a patch test first and wait 24 hours before applying the product to your entire face.
Looking for to cover-up acne prone skin? Well a good primer might be the answer. Find out more in our guide The Best Makeup Primer For Acne-Prone Skin
What If My Skin is Dry and Sensitive?
The powdery, matte finish of most mineral foundations is less than ideal for very dry skin, especially during the winter. Rather than traditional mineral powders, try a liquid or cream formula. Youngblood Crème Powder Foundation offers full coverage in a lightly moisturising formula.
Choosing a Mineral Makeup
Ready to take the mineral makeup plunge but not ready to spend a small fortune on products that don't work for you? Start with a sample size, wear it for a day or two, and see how your skin reacts. Some other guidelines to follow when selecting mineral products include:
• Always read the ingredients list. Avoid ingredients that you know irritate your skin as well as common irritants such as talc and mineral oil.
• Test out mineral makeup by itself. If you mix new makeup with concealer or primer, you may not know which product is causing a reaction. There could even be a chemical reaction between two products.
• Follow the instructions on the package. Every mineral product has its unique set of instructions, and incorrect application can affect the way the product works.