Pure Transformation Night Treatment comes in four shades, including a Clear option that still imparts some color, and most of them provide enough coverage to camouflage minor flaws and redness, so you will perceive that your skin looks better.
The recommendation to wear this at night is just shocking to us. Be forewarned that sleeping with this product on your face will result in makeup stains on your pillowcase, and that leaving this stuff on overnight would most likely be drying and irritating. Minerals on the skin, even plain talc or chalk or soil of any kind, aren’t soothing in the least, and need to be washed off, not worn to bed, and this product is no exception.
Getting back to the mineral claims, is there anything to them? Does this “pure mineral concentrate” hold the secret to revitalized, youthful skin? Regardless of the purity of the soil, minerals cannot be absorbed by skin (their molecules are just too big), so any effect would be entirely superficial. Moreover, while there hasn’t been much research on topical application of minerals, we do know that whether they are applied topically or ingested, minerals depend on other factors (most notably coenzymes) to work, and even when that happens the benefits aren’t all that exciting (Sources: Cosmeceuticals, Elsner & Maiback, 2000, pages 29–30; and International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 1997, page 105).
There is no substantiated research proving that minerals, whether concentrated or not, exfoliate skin or have any effect on pore size. Any perceived reduction in pore size from using this product is solely from its reflective quality and natural opacity, the same as any other powder foundation. It can work to temporarily fill in large pores, but when it’s washed off any potential benefit is washed away at the same time.
You may be wondering about the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in this product. According to the chemists we spoke with, ascorbic acid tends to remain stable in an anhydrous (waterless) product, which this powder certainly qualifies as. How much of the vitamin C reaches the skin is a question, however, along with whether RareMinerals uses an effective amount.
Cause for concern must be expressed due to the amount of barium sulfate present. This natural mineral compound that can be poisonous if ingested and is noted for the way it frequently causes skin reactions. This same ingredient is consumed orally before having certain types of X-rays taken; it is believed that barium sulfate’s low solubility and the body’s ability to excrete it both help promote its negligible bioavailability. Still, it’s not the best ingredient to see so prominently in a skin-care product designed to be used every night.
The bottom line is that although this product may be unique in terms of its extraction process and its use of virgin soil, those elements won’t translate into skin care. It’s just another form of powder, and a rather expensive one at that.