Making the Most of Mineral Makeup: Selecting the Right Choice for Your Particular Needs

Just like you did with your regular make-up, finding a mineral makeup that you like takes some experimentation and a little trial and error. It’s best to stick with a company that specializes in making strictly mineral makeup products rather than a company that offers some mineral makeup options as part of their larger line or as a brand extension. There are no standards for this type of cosmetic nor is the term “mineral makeup” regulated, so to certain extent you need to be wary of unfounded claims.

Also, understanding the particle size involved is important too. Many companies pulverize the minerals down to micro-fine nanoparticle size, which can pose a danger to your health when inhaled. There are many health concerns associated with this relatively new manufacturing technique. Until more is understood about its impacts on the body, it’s best to avoid makeup and other products made with nanoparticles. Companies like Jane Iredale, that specialize in mineral makeup are likely to have the most eco-friendly and skin-friendly products, and can offer the best advice on selecting the right colors for your skin tone. Here are some tips from their web site on determining your skin type to find the best possible color match from their product line:

    • If you turn pink in the sun, and/or have light hair and light eyes, you are probably Cool or Neutral. Porcelain or Fair are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you turn pink in the sun, and/or have dark hair and light eyes, you are probably Cool or Neutral. Fair or Light are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you turn tan in the sun, and/or have dark hair and light eyes, you are probably Warm or Neutral undertone. Light or Medium Light, are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you turn tan in the sun, and/or have dark hair and dark eyes, you are probably a Warm or Neutral undertone. Medium or Olive (Medium Dark) are the best categories for you.

 

    • If you are tan all year long, and/or have dark hair and dark eyes, you are probably Warm. Deep Tan or Light Dark are the categories for you.

 

  • If you have a golden/red and/or dark hair, and brown/black eyes, you are probably Warm. Deep Dark is the best category for you.

For more information about the Jane Iredale product line visit their site at http://www.janeiredale.com. Be sure to check out the Mineral Makeover Room –an interactive guide that let’s you select a model with similar skin tone to your own and try out different shades for different to see how her skin tone changes. Very cool though the differences are often quite subtle!

How to Decide What Products to Choose for The Men in Your Life on Father’s Day

Every summer we’re faced with the challenge of what to get the men in our lives for Father’s Day. Instead of the usual collection of cliché items like silk ties, power tools, a barbecue set or accessories for his car, why not consider another alternative: natural grooming products.

body washMost men don’t like to think of themselves as “metrosexuals” (the popular term coined to describe men who like to go to spas or otherwise indulge in various forms of self-grooming). Nevertheless, men have skincare challenges that can be addressed and resolved with some guidance and a little push in the right direction. A nice collection of natural plant-based skin and body products along with a few natural grooming tools might be just the thing to put him on the path to smoother, softer, and healthier skin.

You can add your personal touch to it by typing or handwriting some of the simple instructions and tips I’ll be offering in my next two blog posts, and turning them into a small pamphlet or enclosure that you can include with a selection products you’ve chosen to help address these various issues. First up is the shaving challenge a man typically faces and how that can irritate and damage his skin leaving it unsightly and uncomfortable too! You’d be amazed by how some simple adjustments to this daily routine can make a world of difference in how a man’s skin feels and looks! Then some tips for dealing with sun damaged skin and decreasing his odds of ongoing damage, and finally, remembering those oft-neglected parts that need some TLC too.