Everywhere you look today, from your local drugstore to your high end department store, everyone is offering some type of mineral based makeup. But do you know what to look for and what shouldn’t be in your mineral makeup?

There are a few things you need to understand before you buy or try mineral makeup. Believe it or not, they are not all the same, and some might even cause you to have an allergic reaction. Why would you break out using something known to be pure and from the earth
herself? Starting off with a list of the more common ingredients you might find in your mineral eye makeup. This is not the whole list and yours may not have a single one. It all depends on the brand and care they took into creating their brand of eye shadows.

Here is a list of ingredients you should look for. These are known additives and fillers that saves the creator of the mineral makeup brand money, but may cause you problems.

1. Talc (magnesium silicate), is a common filler, and can cause respiratory problems. Talc will dry your skin (think, what does baby talc do?). We are talking about the exact ingredient. It will also accentuate those fine lines and wrinkles you are trying to hide.
2. Boron and bismuth oxychloride. Both are well known skin irritants and can cause itching, rashes, and cystic acne breakouts.
3. There could be FD&C dyes, which can cause acne when used in a skin care item.
4. Imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea are not that well known, nor should they be used in a true pure mineral makeup. Being that mineral makeup is minerals, there is no real need for preservatives, which both of these are. They are the most commonly used preservatives, after parabens, and is also the primary cause of contact dermatitis.
5. Parabens (methyl-, propyl-, butyl-, and ethylparabens) are used to extend the shelf life of beauty products. They have been know to cause allergic reactions and skin rashes for women.

If you find one or more of these ingredients in the brand of mineral makeup you are thinking of trying, you know that it is not a true and
pure mineral makeup. As with any skin care product or eye shadow, you must read the ingredients list closely to make sure there isn’t anything you may have an allergic reaction to.

Here are a few other things you may find in your mineral eye makeup that you need to watch for.
6. Ferric Ferrocyanide. There are some brands that use this, which is a subject of controversy due to its toxicity. It is what gives more greens and purples their color. If its not lip safe color? Then you will probably find this ingredient in it.
7. Starch powders and flours, like rice flour. These are a few more super cheap fillers which can cause respiratory health risks and may even increase acne production and breakouts.

8. Carmine. This may only be a problem to those who are vegetarians and vegans, due to the fact that it happens to be a crushed extraction from a beetle. Now, if that is something that you want to stay away from, then do that. It’s more of a personal choice than something that’s bad for you.

In What Can You Expect to Find in Your Mineral Makeup Part Two, we will talk about what you should find in your mineral makeup, as well as a few tips on how to use it proficiently.

Copyright  Kim Snyder, owner Overallbeauty.com. Great lover of all natural beauty care and products. Offering beauty products at quality prices. Check out Magic Lash & Overall Beauty Minerals today! Visit what we have to offer in the latest in cosmetics and so much more.

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