There’s been a lot of buzz on natural beauty products, but deciphering what’s good for your skin type is tricky. Here celebrity makeup artist Joanna Schlip lays out your options.
Mineral makeup is composed of natural, crushed up minerals like titanium dioxide and mica. It has natural sunblock properties, so it’s good for people who are very sun-sensitive or for those who breakout from conventional sunscreens. It is also non-comedogenic, making it a good choice for people with dry skin or ailments like rosacea. Also, minerals are inorganic so bacteria are unable to live in them, giving them a long shelf life without the use of preservatives. We like: Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation, Lancôme Ageless Minérale Skin-Transforming Mineral Powder Foundation and ColorScience Suncanny Foundation Brush SPF 20.
Natural makeup is a catch-all term for products made with a high percentage of all-natural ingredients and a very small to non-existent amount of synthetics. They’re also usually made with a base of water instead of oil so they are a great option if you are prone to breakouts or have acne. We like: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Your Skin Makeup, Tarte ReCreate Natural Anti-Aging Foundation and Almay Pure Blends Makeup.
Organic makeup contains ingredients that are not only natural, but that are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This is the purest type of makeup, so it’s a safe choice for highly sensitive skin. It’s also good for people with skin allergies or who have been suffering from irritated skin. Hard-to-diagnose skin flare-ups are often caused by a reverse reaction or minor allergy to a preservative. We love: Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Face Sculpting Trio and SukiColor Tinted Active Moisturizer.
When shopping, be forewarned that the terms “natural” and “organic” aren’t regulated by the FDA. Products containing synthetic ingredients and chemicals may use those words on their packaging, even if they only contain one or two natural ingredients. Schlip advises consumers to read labels carefully and learn to identify potentially harmful and irritating ingredients like parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. Also, look for stamps of approval from certification brands like the USDA and Eco-Cert to let you know that a product is a reputable green one.