I’m kind of new to this natural, healthy makeup thing. I’ve always been a guess-your-shade at the drugstore kind of girl, and never really put much thought into my foundation, especially not what it was made of. I figured some kind of coloring, obviously, but it honestly never crossed my mind. UNTIL I started looking at Bella Terra’s Mineral Foundation and compared the ingredient list to what I was currently using. Bella Terra uses only four all-natural ingredients – Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, and Sericite. My usual powder contains over 16 ingredients, and I can’t pronounce half of them.
Why is this important? The main ingredient in many powders and bronzers is Talc, which can clog pores and contributes to drying out your skin. Talc in its natural form can contain asbestos, which we all know is dangerous and cancer causing. The Talc found in makeup and medicated is powders is treated and deemed safe, but why risk it? Talc is basically a filler, as are many of the other ingredients, including wax, oil, parabens, and Bismuth Oxychloride – which is a major skin irritant.
But enough about why the other stuff is bad, let’s talk about why the ingredients in Bella Terra’s Mineral Foundation are good! The main ingredient is pure, 100% Mica Mineral with no additives or fillers, which is different from even some of the most notable mineral makeup brands. Your skin loves Mica because it contains hypoallergenic properties that soothe, calm, and protect your skin. Your skin loves Mica in your foundation because it performs as a translucent layer that reflects light and gives your face an even, smooth, and lucid appearance.
Ingredient number two is Titanium Dioxide; another mineral, go figure! This one makes me happy because it provides natural sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays, which means I don’t have to buy or apply an expensive and oily sunscreen. Not having to expose the sensitive skin on my face to a potential pimple break-out due to a cream sunblock is a huge relief. In addition to sun protection, Titanium Dioxide contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin irritation, redness, and minimize fine lines and discoloration.
The naturally-occurring mineral deposit Iron Oxide, which appears on the label as Red/Black/Yellow/etc. Iron Oxide, is responsible for a myriad of skin-toned pigments. These naturally opaque mineral pigments are used to create stunning earth toned colors, making it easy to find the exact right shade for your skin. I always have trouble finding the right shade during Spring and Fall, because I am gaining and losing my tan, but this ingredient works with the Mica Minerals to help match the makeup to my skin tone, no matter if I am a baking in the sun, or going into hibernation.
Sericite is your friend. This super pure mineral is a type of natural powdered Mica with an ultra-fine grain size and a low luster, silky texture. This makes your foundation easy to apply and extremely soft. I didn’t think that “soft” was a hard-to-find trait in powdered foundation, but I was blown away by the way my face had such a light and refined feel from just wearing Bella Terra’s foundation with this ingredient. Sericite acts as the setting powder and primer that makes this wonderful feeling possible.
So that’s it. That’s all the ingredients. I told you there were only four, which is much better for your skin than sixteen, surely. Bella Terra’s Mineral Foundation is such a multi-purpose tool, I’m impressed that four minerals can do so many things. All of Bella Terra’s products are animal free and cruelty free, so I’m officially converted to the healthy and natural makeup camp, and I’ve already found my favorite foundation!