Posted tagged ‘Mineral Makeup’

1-2-3 Holiday Glow!

October 19, 2007

Christmas

Family gatherings and holiday parties on your agenda? Here are three ways to create the healthy radiance you want for upcoming special events.

1. Be a Smoothie: Exfoliate
Your face signals when dead cells need to be removed–dry patches appear and fine lines seem accentuated. Regular exfoliation is needed to restore luster and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins and absorb moisture. Young skin (20’s -30’s) needs exfoliating every 2-3 days; mature skin has slower cell turnover, so once-a-week is recommended. Daily exfoliation is too much for any skin since new cells need time to generate.

For delicate or problem skin, enzyme masques containing papaya or pumpkin will exfoliate skin without any scrubbing. For normal skin, exfoliant scrubs work best. Since abrasive particles like apricot seed and aluminum oxide can scrape and inflame the skin, use exfoliants with soft grains like grapeseed, jojoba or bamboo. Or make your own scrub from a tablespoon of fine cornmeal moistened with warm water. With ultra-light pressure, move your fingers in small upward circles, avoiding the eye area. Rinse well and follow with a treatment masque if needed. Moisturize with jojoba oil. Nix moisturizers with high glycerin content; glycerin pulls moisture from the skin when humidity is low.

2. Eat Away The Wrinkles.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Wrinkle Cure and other ground-breaking skin care books, says: “Perhaps the quickest way to accelerate theaging process is to eat foods or drink beverages that convert rapidly to sugar upon ingestion.” It’s easy to turn down holiday cookies and candies when you imagine a new wrinkle forming with every bite! Substitute raw unsalted nuts, cheese, fresh fruit, raw veggies, plain yogurt, and drink plenty of pure water. One brand of bottled water that’s skin-friendly is Fiji, containing natural silica which also strengthens bones, hair and nails.

Before a big event, follow Dr. Perricone’s 48-hour “face fix” diet. Eat high anti-oxidant foods, especially cantaloupe, blueberries, broccoli, peppers, plus salmon for it’s rich EFA content. It works! And the bonus is that skin-nourishing foods are non-fattening.

3. Create instant ‘candlelight’

Titanium dioxide, a primary ingredient in mineral makeup, is second to diamonds in light reflection, creating soft line-diffusion. When the perfectly-matched shade of mineral foundation is applied, a remarkable lifting effect is visible. Higher quality makeups that contain no carnauba wax, dimethicone, talc or parabens will give you maximum skin benefits.

Though you may be tempted to match your lipstick or eyeshadow to that beautiful holiday sweater or dress, make sure your cosmetics are really your best colors or you will detract from your best features. A professional secret is matching your natural lip color with a slightly darker lipstick. Eyelid color can be harmonized with a powdered shimmer shadow—it’s right when your eyes look brighter.

The final touch? Set your mineral makeup and refresh it for evening with a spritz of fragrant edible rosewater—for extra dew-kissed glow!

 Barbara Carr is a Licensed Esthetician and Mineral Makeup Artist enthusiastically devoted to holistic skin care. Her website is www.naturesface.com.

From Nature’s Face Blog: naturesface.wordpress.com

 

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Pro Tips For Healthy Mineral Makeup Mastery

June 7, 2007

MakeupMineral cosmetics are captivating the marketplace, but some are not as natural as you might expect them to be. To help you choose a product that’s good for your skin, here are four important factors for perfecting your mineral glow

1. Look for an SPF of 20 or above. Pure mineral foundation in powder form doubles as a sunscreen. Just like the no-chemical, mineral-based sunscreen lotions, crushed mineral foundations contain zinc oxide which blocks UVA & UVB rays, and titanium dioxide which reflects sun like a mirror (with the beautifying side-effect of minimizing lines and wrinkles!) Concentrations of zinc and titanium vary, so check your label for the SPF rating.

2. Avoid irritating and possibly toxic ingredients. Select mineral foundation that derives its color & shimmer from iron oxides and mica. Synthetic dyes and FD&C colors are not included in good mineral formulas, and worrisome preservatives methylparaben and propylparaben need not enter the mix—inert minerals cannot support bacteria. Other undesirables are pore-clogging talc and dimethicone, both suspected carcinogens.

3. Match your skin tone exactly for best effect, preferably where you can try mineral makeup on in person. Look for a range of real-people colors, preferably divided into warm and cool colorations. To determine whether your skin tone is warm or cool, look at the veins visible on the inside of your wrist. If they’re blue, you’re cool; if they look turquoise or green, you’re warm.

4. Use quality natural brushes for best application. The smaller the brush, the heavier the coverage. Kabuki brushes are often recommended, though medium-to-large soft blusher or foundation brushes also work well. When brushing on loose foundation, two light layers are ideal. Dry or mature skin should be moisturized first— jojoba oil is excellent. Or create tinted moisturizer by mixing your moisture lotion with a dash of mineral foundation. To cover up imperfections before applying foundation, dab on dry mineral color with a tiny brush—minerals are anti-inflammatory and safe camouflage for breakouts and broken capillaries. The end result? Almost-invisible coverage and a radiant natural look!

Barbara Carr is a holistic Licensed Esthetician in Raleigh, NC. E-mail: barbara@naturesface.com or call: 919-845-4385.  Natures Face website: www.NaturesFace.com

From: Nature’s Face Blog: naturesface.wordpress.com