mica powder


What is it?

Mica powder a group of silicate minerals which can be ground down into a sparkling powder for use in beauty products, causing it to be referred to as "nature's glitter". Colours vary between the different minerals, from silver and white to pink and purple tones.

What is it used for?

Mica is one of the most important mineral ingredients in cosmetics, used widely to add shimmer and sparkle. Basically if a product has a shimmer effect, it's almost definitely mica. It is also popular in skincare products designed to create a glow effect, particularly those marketed as brightening or illuminating. Outside of the beauty industry, ground mica is also used occasionally in toothpaste, in car paint and in plastics.

Gives the skin that dewy, healthy appearance.

There are some ethical concerns that have brought controversy over the use of mica in skincare. This controversy relates to the mining of the ingredient in India’s Jharkhand state, where due to extreme poverty, child labor has become prevalent.

All skin types except those that have an identified allergy to it.

Works well with most ingredients.

Keep an eye out for mica that has been sourced through transparent supply chains.

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