The Science of Skincare: Minerals for Your Skincare Routine

If you hear the word ‘mineral’ and immediately think of rocks embedded deep within the earth, you certainly aren’t alone. But the truth is that minerals have been the unsung hero of the beauty industry for many years. Mineral-based makeup has risen in popularity with aestheticians because it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. If you are looking for a struggling with complicated breakouts and are searching for a good foundation to try, we recommend the Original Loose Powder Foundation from bareMinerals. If you need a more personalized recommendation based on your skin type, be sure to ask Cassie, Kelly or Pamela for Skin MPLS approved products at your next appointment.


“For years, I used a tinted moisturizer thinking it was the lightest makeup possible and therefore the best choice for acne. But my breakouts were just an endless cycle, and I was so oily. Once I made the switch to mineral makeup, my skin stopped becoming so oily and best of all… no pimples.”

– Pamela, aesthetician at Skin MPLS


There are countless ways to use minerals for your skincare routine, and some might even surprise you.

 

Sulfur:

Sulfur is a natural mineral that fights bacteria and fungus. It also aids in shedding dead skin cells that can lead to unsightly breakouts. This trustworthy ingredient has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema and even rosacea thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits. If you’re looking for a powerhouse mineral to help solve your skincare needs, start with Sulfur. We love the Sulfur Clay Mask from Vivant Skincare!

Products We Recommend: Sulfur Clay Mask

 

Zinc:

Zinc is one of our favorite anti-inflammatory minerals to slip into everyone’s acne regimen. It supports the fight against breakouts because it immediately goes into action to ward off the inflammatory response happening down in our pores when a pimple forms. This particular mineral also helps cells to function properly and boosts their immune response. To top things off, Zinc also improves wound repair, which means it can help your acne spots heal faster.

Products We Recommend: Day Treatment Lotion SPF15, Essence Toner

 

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide:

We use Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide at the Skin MPLS studio because these minerals offer the broadest range of protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Both minerals go above and beyond to protect us from visible rays as well as the damaging heat from infrared rays as well. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide work primarily by blocking, scattering and reflecting rays. 

Products We Recommend: TiZO Ultra Zinc Body and Face SPF40, TiZO2 Non-Tinted Facial Suncreen SPF40, TiZO3 Tinted Facial Sunscreen SPF40


“Our clients who prefer a more natural approach to skincare really love incorporating minerals into their routines because they still pack a punch when it comes to results.”

- Cassie, owner and aesthetician at Skin MPLS


Now, you’ve got a beauty routine backed by science. Of course, these products only work if you use them regularly and religiously, so be sure to stay on top of your routine. To get personalized recommendations on what is right for you, ask your aesthetician for a custom product package at your next appointment. If you know what you need, save time and order products online at SkinMPLS.com!

If you missed our last update about the best topical vitamins for your skin, you can catch up here. We promise it won’t disappoint! Don’t forget to follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram for more exclusive tips, tricks and information.

The ABC’s of Vitamins A, B, C + E

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When it comes to wellness and vitamins, many people assume the best way to get the benefits of vitamin is to consume them orally. But what if we told you the most effective way to get the best results is to apply them topically? It’s true! Keep reading - we’ll explain everything.

In some instances, taking vitamins orally may actually have the opposite effect of clear skin. Biotin is usually touted as a vitamin that is good for your skin, hair and nails. However, we have a dirty little secret about multivitamins. Some actually contain iodine and biotin which have been known to cause acne. Other vitamins like B12 have also been linked to skin issues when taken in excess. If you are unsure about your current supplements and vitamins, bring them into your next Skin MPLS appointment, and we can help you evaluate them! Our goal is to help give you happy skin, and we promise to provide honest feedback and recommendations.


So, what vitamins are vital for improving your skin? The answers are vitamins A, C, E + B!

 

Vitamin A:

Any of our customers and close friends know that Vitamin A is our favorite skin vitamin. Vitamin A is an incredible nutrient for the skin that has countless benefits. When applied topically, vitamin A helps to peel and purge the pores to prevent and treat acne. It also kicks off desquamation (simply said: shed or exfoliate) on the surface of the skin, which helps to even hyperpigmentation, fade scarring and improve wrinkles. Every time this cellular turnover happens, new elastin and collagen is stimulated, which helps to plump and lift the skin. This ninja vitamin also refines pores and gives a skin a beautiful glow. What more could you ask of Mother Nature?

Products We Recommend: Derm-A-Renew, Derm-A-Gel, Exfol-A, Exfol-A Forte, Clear Body TherapyWink Eye Rejuvenation Cream

 

Vitamin B:

Niacinamide is the most commonly used B vitamin in skincare. Vitamin B used topically works as a melanin blocker which helps in our pursuit of even skin tone. This nutrient is also known to be anti-inflammatory and aids in calming redness and irritation. 

Products We Recommend: Rejuv Rx, Skin Nourishing Toner, TGF-B Booster Serum, Vita-C Serum

 

Vitamin C:

One of the most effective and strongest topical skin antioxidants, vitamin C is also known for its ability to brighten and even skin tone. Think of this antioxidant vitamin as a shield against free radical damage that would otherwise lead to premature aging. The vitamin C neutralizes its free radical enemies and leaves your skin looking fabulous.

Products: Spin Trap, Vita-C Serum, Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel, Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, RX Complex Serum

 

Vitamin E:

Also known as Tocopherol, vitamin E is another antioxidant vitamin in skincare that protects against free radicals and their damaging effects to DNA. More impressively, vitamin E pairs with vitamin C to help absorb UV energy, which also protects skin from photo-aging.

Products We Recommend: Spin Trap, Eye & Lip Cream, Eye Wrinkle Corrector, RX Complex Serum, Derma Relief Serum, Vita-C Serum, Bio Cell Rejuvenating Cream


So, now that you’ve learned all about which vitamins are great topical agents, it’s time to pick up a few and try them for yourself. To get personalized recommendations on what is right for you, ask your aesthetician for a custom product package at your next appointment. If you know what you need, save time and order products online at SkinMPLS.com!

Keep an eye on our blog for our next iteration of this series. Cassie will be sharing more about the magnificent minerals and their beauty benefits! And as always, follow @SkinMPLS on Instagram for more exclusive tips, tricks and information.

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