I've never understood girls who could wear pressed powders in lieu of liquid foundation— to me, powder has always been the thing I slap on throughout the day when my face starts to resemble an oil slick (read: often), not the thing that evens out my skin tone and covers my various flaws. That is, until I tried pressed mineral powders. During my Spa getaway last month to the Jasper Park Lodge (remember?), I got to try Jane Iredale's purepressed mineral powder, and I was absolutely floored by the result— my skin tone was completely evened out without the slightest hint of cake face (you know what I'm talking about), and it honestly looked like I had nothing on my skin at all... miracles are real, friends. So the minute I got home I placed an order for a pressed powder of my own and I haven't looked back since. I'm officially a mineral powder kind of girl, and here's why you might want to be as well.
Although all makeup is technically mineral makeup in terms of its foundational ingredients (think titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, etc.), the difference lies in the ingredients mineral makeup leaves out— you know, all those harsh chemicals like parabens, talc, fragrance, and the like. Many of the minerals found in good mineral makeup have anti-inflammatory properties and are anti-microbial, plus they pack broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection as high as SPF 20. The iron oxide found in most mineral powders gives inorganic colour to the product without the need for harsh petroleum-based dyes (which can cause skin sensitivities), and the lack of fillers used in these products account for their impressive coverage. I've noticed far fewer breakouts since I switched to pressed mineral powder (coincidence?) and my skin feels a lot less dry by the end of the day. All in all, I'm a convert. xx
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