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The Lowdown on Mineral Makeup

You see the ads all the time, and it's been around for awhile, but what is it and why do we care? Here's the scoop on the pro's, con's, and where to find the good trial sizes.

Mineral makeup products are made of all natural, finely ground minerals from the earth. Many are truly natural, but not all brands are without the dyes and preservatives found in traditional makeup, and you have to know what to look for.

Mineral makeups can have a calming effect on the skin, particularly helpful to those with rosacea or acne. Some mineral makeups, because they have titanium dioxide, have sun protection. Bare Minerals has the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of approval as a sunscreen.1

The downside of mineral makeup is the small particles that can be toxic. "Research shows that when some molecules are dramatically reduced in size to the level of a nanoparticle, they can have very different and very toxic properties than that same molecule would have in its conventional size," says Jane Houlihan, research director of consumer watchdog agency The Environmental Working Group in Washington.

Some of the safer brands are below with links to EWG’s cosmetic database ratings and explanation of their safety level. I also included a couple places where you can find these brands, including some trial sizes.

drugstore.comHas Bare Escentuals/bare Minerals (EWG product rating range 1-7) and Arcona (EWG ratings range from 0-3)


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