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First of all, you need to understand what exactly you win (and lose) in this transition. In the “pros” of mineral decorative cosmetics we unequivocally record skin health and lightness, as well as perfect compatibility with all skin types, in the “cons” ... well, perhaps a slightly smaller range of products and a short period of getting used to new products. They often come to the “mineral water” because of skin problems that are only exacerbated by the use of synthetic tones, but in reality, mineral makeup is completely universal and can replace the entire classic arsenal to create the perfect skin tone. In addition, contrary to popular belief, getting used to the use of mineral powders, highlighters, bronzers, finishes, primers and rouge is easy. Let's figure it out?
Natural mineral cosmetics is a line of products that stand out among all others by their composition: in it you will find only natural minerals, ground very, very thin. By the way, the level of grinding is an important characteristic that determines how well, mineral powder or blush will lie thinly. The best powders have particles so small that they look like flour or even dust. If the particles are large, the powder will crumble, lie on the skin roughly and noticeably.
In form, mineral cosmetics are almost always loose powder products: in fact, powder, highlighter, blush and bronzers, primers, veils, shadows. They are applied first of all with dense cosmetic brushes, much less often - using, for example, sponges. The “mineral water” texture implies multi-layer application: you put a little powder on the brush and apply it to the skin, evaluate the effect, and if necessary, apply another layer. With this application, you can vary the density of the tone from translucent to very saturated, with high hiding power. Bonus: Loose mineral makeup can be mixed with natural cream bases - and thus get cream tonal products. This, of course, is an experiment, but possible.
In a separate group, it is possible to distinguish not entirely mineral cosmetics - the one in which the mineral components are combined with others. If these "other" are natural components (oils, extracts, etc.), then everything is in order; By the way, in this way, manufacturers of natural decorative cosmetics often get compact powders and foundation creams. If, in addition to minerals, synthetic components are present in the composition of powder, blush or shadows, the product can no longer be called “mineral” with full right to it. Therefore, when choosing, pay attention not only to the mark “mineral”, but also to the actual composition of the product.
Is it true that mineral powder protects against UV radiation? True: several minerals at once - and they are necessarily present in mineral powders - work like a physical UV filter, so such a powder can really protect you from harmful solar radiation. But the question is how reliable and thorough this protection is. Ideally, the manufacturer should indicate the SPF factor on the package or in the annotation, but if he did not, consider that the powder will protect your skin by about SPF 10-20, less often up to SPF 30. In any case, this is a valuable property of mineral powders, which, combined with a light texture, make this powder an ideal “companion” for the summer.
Mineral powder is quite inert in its effect on the skin: if no additional components are added to it, such a powder does not cause irritation, does not dry out, and does not affect the moisture or elasticity of the skin. And this is great news for all owners of problem skin, because mineral powder applied to a suitable day cream will not worsen the condition of your skin even during the exacerbation period, while synthetic tonal products can clog pores, irritate the skin, aggravate pimples, acne, dryness and other problems.