Minerals are a must in a healthy diet—they’re essential for keeping our bodies in balance and our cells functioning properly. But did you know that minerals in our skin and hair products provide important benefits, too?
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide protect you from the sun.
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are the perfect natural sunscreens, because they physically block the sun’s damaging rays on the surface of skin. That means they don’t penetrate the skin like chemical sunscreens (i.e. avobenzone and oxybenzone) which can cause hormone disruption or allergies, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Try Andalou Naturals All-in-One Beauty Balm, SPF 30, a sheer BB facial cream with 20% zinc oxide that protects, moisturizes and strengthens skin. Coola Sport Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer is a full-body SPF 35 cream that’s water-resistant (and orange and tangerine extracts make it smell great! For hair, try Mineral Fusion Lasting Color Shampoo and Conditioner, which protects locks from sun damage and fading, and moisturizes with super-hydrating argan and mongongo seed oils.
Mineral makeup is kind to sensitive skin.
Without skin-irritating parabens, dyes, synthetic preservatives or talc, natural mineral foundations are often recommended by dermatologists for patients with sensitive skin or rosacea, according to WebMD. Because mineral foundations are oil-free, they’re good for acne-prone skin and less likely to cause breakouts. As an added bonus, these foundations contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide that provides an extra level of sun protection.
Try jane iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder SPF 20, which protects skin from UVA and UVB rays, provides silky, luminous coverage and comes in 13 skin-matching shades. ZuZu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation is good for acne-prone skin with oil-absorbing and purifying kaolin. Mineral-based W3LL People Elitist Eye Shadow Powder is gentle, lasts all day and can be layered for sheer or more dramatic looks.
Kaolin and bentonite detox and purify.
Kaolin and bentonite mineral clays are created from naturally weathered rocks and volcanic ash, and are good for drawing out impurities and toxins without causing dryness or irritation. These natural clays also calm inflammation and neutralize bacteria, making them ideal for congested or acne-prone skin, according to research studies published by the National Institute of Health. Clay can be found in dry shampoos, too, reducing oiliness and freshening hair.
Treat your skin to Michael Todd Kaolin Clay Detoxifying Facial Mask, a powerful blend of skin detoxifying kaolin, bentonite and red clay that deeply cleanses skin while soothing and healing breakouts. Get good coverage for oil skin with ZuZu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation featuring oil-absorbing minerals and purifying kaolin. And One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo with kaolin clay is the perfect take-along while traveling or camping.
Dead Sea minerals restore moisture and repair skin.
Salts found in the Dead Sea area are rich in minerals that bring overly dry, cracked skin back to suppleness reports the International Journal of Dermatology. Dead Sea salt features high concentrations of magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc, which strengthen your skin by drawing moisture and nutrients from deeper dermal layers to the surface, and locking moisture in. Dead Sea minerals also help skin cells renew faster, ideal for healing damaged skin.
Try Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate, a concentrated serum applied under moisturizer that leaves skin glowing and supple. Or draw a bath and add Pharmaca Bath Salts in Ylang Ylang & Ginger, which help nourish and repair dry, itchy and flaky skin with Dead Sea salts and soothing ylang ylang botanical oil.