There are a hundred ways you can achieve “healthy” skin—you can eat clean, get eight hours of sleep, invest in a non-invasive beauty treatment, or even commit to an extensive six-step skincare routine. But if these seem like too much effort for you, there’s a simpler route to promote a healthy complexion: Just let your skin breathe. And you don’t need to literally go bare-faced to do that. You only need to start adding lighter, more breathable mineral cosmetics to your kikay kits.

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Before BB creams and highlighters came into the picture, this all-natural makeup, which usually come in the form of loose powders, were the secret to a healthy, natural complexion. Mineral makeup has been known for being amazingly gentle and “good” for the skin. But what really makes it beneficial for the skin?

Read on to discover how these mineral-based goodies are worth stashing into your everyday kits—and while you're at it, check out the mineral makeup brands that are locally available below: 

What's in mineral makeup?

Generally, mineral makeup contains fewer ingredients compared to regular cosmetics, and they're usually made up of minerals like anti-irritating zinc, brightening mica and sun-blocking titanium oxide. These natural ingredients are finely-milled into tiny particles to form loose powders or blushes, without being mixed in with "emollient oils and waxes, fragrance, and preservative ingredients found in conventional formulations," cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer shares with Web MD

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Skin benefits of using mineral makeup 

  • You can cover up your acne without making it worse. Unlike traditional makeup, mineral-based products are free from parabens, chemical preservatives, and other irritants that tend to clog the pores and cause (or worsen) pesky breakouts. Thus, if you suffer from acne or sensitive skin, mineral makeup is ideal for you.
  • It doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Mineral pigments are typically light and airyyou might even forget that you've got foundation on! 
  • It's like your skin but better. Since the minerals are "milled into a very small size" notes The Face Place, they appear smooth and natural on the skin. 
  • It gives your complexion a natural glow. Mineral makeup seamlessly blends in with your skin's natural oil, so if you normally get oilier by midday, your foundation is less likely to appear like a cakey mess; it'll only look naturally luminous. 

The downside of using mineral makeup 

  • While mineral makeup may be every acne-prone, oily and sensitive-skinned lady's BFF, the powder formulations may not be ideal for those with drier skin types, as they tend to "accentuate flakes or rough patches," notes New Beauty

Mineral makeup brands you can check out

Bare Minerals 

You've probably already come across Bare Minerals as it's one of the most popular mineral brands in the market. They quickly rose to fame for their award-winning Original Foundation—a loose mineral foundation that only contains five mineral ingredients. Yes, five. According to Glamour, it sells every three seconds globally. Crazy, right?

The brand, however, has come a long way from merely selling mineral powders and foundations. Bare Minerals has extended their mineral range from primers, eye shadows, mascaras to bronzers and highlighters, making it possible to do a full face of makeup using only all-natural ingredients. The only downside is it's not easy to get your hands on all of Bare Minerals' makeup goodies—except for their powder foundations—as they're only available through online resellers in Manila. 

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TRY: Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, P1,200, Lazada

Ellana 

Meet your local source of mineral makeup! Filipino brand Ellana Cosmetics will make it easy for you to start filling in your kikay kits with all-natural formulas. Apart from powder foundations, they've also got all sorts of mineral makeup, from concealers, blushes, eyebrow gels to lip and cheek tints and matte liquid lipsticks. Each product is talc-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free and even cruelty-free so you're assured that it won't ever irritate your skin. 

Another plus: They're beauty products are a lot more affordable compared to international mineral makeup brands (you can get their loose mineral foundation for only P798, for example). Because taking a more natural "less is more" approach to beauty doesn't have to hurt your wallet. 

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TRY: Ellana Cosmetics Beam Highlighter and Eyeshadow Loose Multipurpose Pigments, P284 (from 299), Ellana Cosmetics, Beauty MNL, The SM Store North Edsa, Trinoma, and more branches here

TRY: Ellana Cosmetics Light Brown Life Proof Eyebrow Gel, P499, Ellana Cosmetics, Beauty MNL, The SM Store North Edsa, Trinoma, and more branches here

TRY: Ellana Cosmetics Loose Mineral Foundation, P798, Ellana Cosmetics, Beauty MNL, The SM Store North Edsa, Trinoma, and more branches here

Jane Iredale 

Makeup that doubles as skincare? Yes please. Jane Iredale is a foreign beauty brand available locally that's known for their mineral-based products that not only provide coverage but even treat the skin. In fact, their best-selling loose powder is so pure and gentle that even dermatologists and plastic surgeons were recommending them to their patients, as it can cover up and soothe redness, and even protect the skin (it comes with SPF 20!). 

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TRY: Jane Iredale Amazing Matte Loose Powder, P1,550, Beauty Bar 

TRY: Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush, P1,150, Beauty Bar 

TRY: Jane Iredale Powder-Me Sunscreen, P2,150, Beauty Bar 

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Other 'Mineralized' makeup products you can start trying 

Clearly, there aren't a lot of mineral makeup brands available in the Philippines yet, but there are major beauty brands that have added a couple of mineral-infused products to their range. While these makeup goodies may not be purely made out of minerals, they still come with a fair share of skin-boosting benefits! 

You don't need to fake a "healthy" flush because this blush can actually keep your skin nourished as it's infused with minerals like Mica and vitamins A, C, and E, while providing a soft glow to your cheeks. 

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TRY: Becca Mineral Blush, P1,608, Sephora PH 

Set your face with this mineralized powder foundation to complete your 'no-makeup' makeup look; it provides sheer to medium coverage with a radiant finish so your skin can look natural and not too plakado. The bonus part is it's formulated with 15 amino acids to combat signs of aging. 

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TRY: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, P1,850, Rustan's The Beauty Source 

If you want a mess-free way to powder your face (especially for those midday re-touches), this mineralized pressed powder is your best bet. It has a super-fine texture so it looks natural rather than cakey on the skin. 

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TRY: MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Power Plant Mall, SM North Edsa, Trinoma, and more branches here

...Or if you're looking for a more wallet-friendly option and heavier coverage to boot, this powder foundation by Human Nature is just as promising. While it provides medium to full coverage, it's praised by many for not caking up. It also doubles as skincare as it's formulated with natural anti-aging ingredients like rice and bamboo powder. 

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TRY: Human Nature Perfect Coverage Foundation, P595, The Block SM City North Edsa and Beauty MNL

Start your makeup routine right with this mineral-infused primer that's free from oil, parabens, fragrance, sulfates, and synthetic dyes—basically, anything that can irritate your skin. It conceals redness and blurs your pores, helping you achieve a smooth, healthy complexion even before you slather on your foundation. 

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TRY: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, P3,500, Sephora PH

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