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I love mineral make-up and I use it regularly, so I found this article from OrganicAuthority.com very informative and thought I’d share some of it with you.

“There are about a zillion ‘mineral’ make-up lines out there, but they’re a far cry from all the same. The beautiful thing about good mineral make-up is its ability to create a smooth, flawless canvas and add vibrant color while calming irritation and providing some measure of sun protection due to the natural reflective qualities of the minerals used. While many can claim to be mineral based, most actually can include a variety of fillers and additives that simply don’t need to be there.

If you look at a few labels, you’ll quickly realize that many brands have ingredient lists nearly a mile long. A clean mineral makeup also takes a long list of potentially harmful ingredients out of the equation, providing a simple product with a short ingredient list from readily identifiable sources.”

“While mineral makeup has become very popular over the past few years, many companies add a variety of fillers to cut costs and make their product go further. Adding unnecessary fillers can cause skin irritations and increase the appearance of fine lines and imperfections in your skin, clog and enlarge pores, and at their worst, can increase cancer risks common in women.

Just as all mineral makeup lines are not equal, neither are all minerals. Of greatest concern is talc, a mineral, yes, but one closely related to asbestos, which has been linked to ovarian, endometrial and lung cancer.”

“Look out for preservatives such as parabens, and the commonly used filler bismuth oxychloride, which is used to cuts costs by adding bulk to the product and may cause sensitivity in some individuals. For those concerned with animal derived ingredients, be sure to look for magnesium stearate, carmine, silk powder, gelatin, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin A, all of which can be animal derived.”

“So, the next time a vibrant shade of pumpkin, evergreen or cobalt calls your name, or you feel compelled to even out a blotchy complexion with a quick pass of powder, read the label and opt for a true mineral product.”

To read the full article go to OrganicAuthority.com.