With all of the technology responsible for new skin care ingredients that are incorporated into products and made available every year, we often forget that some of the best ingredients for the skin are found right in the earth. The earth is rich in beneficial minerals that can improve the quality of the skin in addition to enhancing the texture and benefits of certain products.
Bentonite is a white clay formed from groupings of minerals. Since it is highly absorbent and has the ability to draw impurities out of the pores, Bentonite is often used in purifying masks to reduce sebum as well as preventing and treating breakouts. Used in conjunction with a regimen for oily/acneic types, a mask containing bentonite applied two or three times a week can help manage problem prone skin and maintain a clear complexion.
Products containing Bentonite include:
Silica, also known as silicon dioxide, is a mineral naturally found in certain types of stones and clay. It has many uses when it comes to skin care but is perhaps best utilized for its ability to absorb moisture, create a matte finish and make it easier to spread products over the surface of the skin. Silica can improve the texture of moisturizers, foundations and primers and help to create a smooth, even appearance.
Silica can be found in these products just to name a few:
Zinc is an essential mineral required by the body for proper development and good health. When applied topically, zinc can help treat acne breakouts by speeding the healing of minor wounds and reducing inflammation. Other types of minor skin irritations and wounds can also heal more quickly with the help of Zinc. Certain mineral sunscreens contain zinc to help prevent burning and sun damage.
Zinc is one of the principle ingredients in:
Titanium Dioxide is a mineral that is whitish in color and commonly used as a physical sunscreen. It safely reflects and absorbs both UVB and UVA rays while rarely causing sensitivity issues. This makes it suitable for people unable to tolerate chemical sunscreens. While in the past, sunscreens with titanium dioxide tended to leave a whitish cast on the skin, new formulations make the mineral much more cosmetically elegant.
Products containing Titanium Dioxide include:
If you’re looking for new products to introduce into your regimen, look to the earth first!