From Bare Escentuals to Colorescience
The founder of Colorescience is Diane Ranger, the woman who revolutionized the world of makeup when she first coined the term “mineral makeup” in 1977. At that time, she had just invented her first brand, Bare Escentuals, the original line of makeup products to feature “mineral” ingredients. She left Bare Escentuals in 1990 to pursue her original loose mineral concept, which resulted in the creation of her second brand, Colorescience.
Colorescience is the 21st century version of mineral cosmetics, which emphasizes the use of high quality ingredients, using the minimum number of ingredients, with each ingredient conferring skin care benefits. The main ingredients included in Colorescience are iron oxides, bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide and mica.
Iron oxide provides all-natural pigmentation that determines the color of each product. Bismuth oxychloride is a translucent mineral that offers good adhesion to the skin and adds shine and a velvety feel on the skin. Titanium dioxide offers waterproof sun protection and anti-bacterial properties, adds brightness and provides a matte finish. It also has light refracting properties to reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores. Mica helps minerals adhere to the skin and also reflects light to help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines. It also helps in giving minerals a silky feel.
All the traditional ingredients that are known to potentially cause skin problems are omitted from Colorescience products, including mineral oil, talc, alcohol, emulsifiers, dyes, carcinogens and perfumes. In addition, each Colorescience product offers sun care and sun protection. Colorescience uses only physical sunscreens such as titanium dioxide and mica, instead of chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the body and generate heat, which can exacerbate skin conditions like rosacea, pigmentation or acne.
Furthermore, Colorescience packaging is uniquely designed in the form of self-dispensing brushes which are capable of consistent, even application, as well as help to avoid the mess that is usually associated with application of mineral makeup. These carefully created formulations make Colorescience a recommended brand by skin care experts and dermatologists due to the focus on skin care and protection.
Colorescience: Featured Products
Two highly recommended products from Colorescience include Colorescience primers and Colorescience Sunforgettable Sun Protection.
Colorescience face primers offer all the benefits of a good makeup primer in that it creates a wonderfully smooth, even surface for application of makeup while helping the makeup to stay on the skin for longer. All Colorescience face primers come with SPF sun protection, improve the color and texture of the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enlarged pores. Each primer in the Colorescience range offers benefits to treat specific skincare concerns. For instance, Colorescience Problem Skin Primer contains exfoliating salicylic acid, which diminishes redness and camouflages blemishes, while soothing upset skin, and helps to achieve a clear, even complexion. Colorescience Skin Calming Primer helps to calm and soothe sensitive skin. It contains antioxidants to counteract signs of aging, and cucumber and cactus extracts to provide moisture and diminish redness and skin irritation.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 50 Brush is a mineral powder sunscreen that can be brushed onto the skin to provide maximum sun protection. The sunscreen stays on the surface of the skin instead of being absorbed, hence will not irritate the skin or exacerbate existing skin problems. It is lightweight, will not clog pores, and has beautiful tinted colors to warm up the complexion. It comes in convenient, self-dispensing brushes which allows for easy application any time throughout the day, and the handy size can fit into any pockets or purses. The sunscreen does not rub off on clothing and is water resistant for extra protection. Most importantly, the Skin Cancer Foundation has rewarded this product with its seal of approval as an effective aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin, which includes sunburn and premature aging. In addition, when used regularly in the proper manner, Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 50 can help to reduce the potential risk of skin cancer due to overexposure to the sun.