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Mineral Foundation Powder –
Is It Really That Natural?
The latest and greatest trend in cosmetics appears to be Foundation Powders.
Every major cosmetic company is marketing the line that their product has miraculous powers. From improving acne to preventing clogged pores and moisturizing.
The truth is that Mineral Foundation Powders are just an alternative to the traditional cream or liquid foundations. They do not have therapeutic value nor can such a claim be made as Mineral Powders are cosmetics.
As for claims they are ‘natural’, again Mineral Foundations fail to live up to close inspection.
Firstly: Most natural minerals may contain traces of toxic impurities, so, for this reason, they undergo a chemical process of purification to make them safe to use on the skin as a cosmetic. After this process, the ‘natural’ description is ambiguous.
Secondly: Any product can be called a mineral make-up if it contains minerals as the main ingredient. The remainder of the product is likely to be a concoction of synthetic chemicals. A number of manufactures include vitamins, antioxidants and even green tea as therapeutic ingredients, these are in such small quantities, they are unlikely to be of benefit to the user.
Titanium dioxide the main ingredient in mineral foundation and to a lesser degree, zinc oxide, is white or opaque, but is ground down to 10 microns or less, known as ‘nanoparticles’ for the purpose of make-up.
What is of real concern is the inclusion of ‘nanoparticles’. Now used in many skin care products, from sun screens to cosmetics and including mineral foundations. These miniscule particles are a greater risk of absorption through the skin, but in the case of Mineral Foundations, they can be inhaled when dusted into the nose, and the dust can fall into the eyes.
While the increasing use of nanoparticles in skin care bounds ahead, safety studies and research into this new technology is falling behind. Some experts are concerned about the long term effects on the body from exposure to nanoparticles.
Studies have shown that nanoparticles produce free radicals, cause cell toxicity as well as damage the DNA when exposed to UV light.
Manufactures are not obliged to list nanoparticles on the labels of their products. The only way the consumer can be sure to avoid them is to approach the manufacturer directly.
Among the other ingredients in mineral foundation powders, bismuth oxychloride, found to be an eye and skin irritant in some trials may be on the ingredients list. This synthetic chemical adds bulk to the powder; it gives sheen to camouflage lines and small discolorations on the skin.
Bismuth oxychloride is a by-product of lead, copper and tin refining, it is further refined with water and chloride.
Too big a price to pay to make a facial powder feel silky!
The bio-chemists’ rule of thumb, by law, is to list the ingredients in descending order – the largest amounts to the smallest. This list is often so long, there needs to be an insert in the packaging as all the contents won’t fit on the bottle or container! The consumer invariably discards this information after purchase, making it difficult to check the product content at a later date.
The best advice when choosing a Mineral Foundation Powder, or any skin care products for that matter, is to keep it simple! Select those products with the least number of ingredients. Avoid fragrance (there can be up to 400 different elements making up just one fragrance) preservatives and especially bismuth oxychloride.