“Makeup can make us feel beautiful and allows us to express ourselves in many ways. But one of beauty’s most popular ingredients has a dark side.

Mica is a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals. It’s an unassuming mineral essential to modern life. It’s been used in everyday products like insulation, paint, and even toothpaste.

Over the past few years the cosmetics industry has had a spike in the demand for shimmer in makeup. For example, highlighter is one of the products that has become very popular. Whether it’s a simple makeup look created for an Instagram selfie or an extravagant look for a festival, mica is usually an important ingredient. Most of the worlds mica comes from India. The 2016 Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation revealed that it was being mined by children and had a deadly cost. It forced the beauty industry to take action. Companies such as Chanel, Estee Lauder and L’Oreal have said they will work with the mining communities in India to create a sustainable supply chain. Lush is one of the companies that has pulled out of mica completely. In fact, they now use synthetic mica in their products where there is more variety.”

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If you’re as interested in reading more about this as I was (which is why I’m bringing it to your attention with this post), you can read the rest here – be sure to watch the video too.

You’ll think twice about where and from whom you’ll purchase your next makeup item.

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