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Makeup for Tree Huggers

Natural CosmeticsMakeup has often created a struggle for the natural and health conscious consumer, especially since many top brand drugstore cosmetics contain ingredients of a questionable origin. Another concern stems from indicators that certain types of makeup are often responsible for exacerbating various skin conditions and causing the skin to look older. It's no wonder that those who are especially concerned about the health of their skin have had so many reservations

Mineral makeup has revolutionized the way health and nature lovers look at cosmetics. Colorescience and bareMinerals both offer a wide variety of cosmetic items made from pure naturally-derived minerals. Tinted mineral foundations are the most popular item among mineral cosmetics. They even out skin tones, camouflage imperfections and leave the skin looking brighter. Everyone expects a foundation to do all of this but minerals go even further. They offer physical sun protection with zinc and titanium to prevent skin damage and premature aging. They also help to calm redness, heal acne blemishes and soothe irritation. These mineral formulas are so pure and beneficial; they can even be worn to bed when applied to clean skin.

In addition to Colorescience and bareMinerals, Elizabeth Arden has also hopped on the mineral makeup band wagon and created a line of SPF 20 foundations infused with minerals. These unique foundations also have the added benefit of antioxidant-rich vitamins and skin soothers. The micro light powder formulas leave a natural-looking, luminous finish.

Of course minerals aren't limited to foundations when it comes to improving the look and health of the skin. More and more mineral cosmetic products are making their way to the market, giving consumers a variety of options to enhance their makeup routines. Colorescience primers even out the skin tone and fill in imperfections to make mineral foundations perform even better. And with bareMinerals All Over Face Color you can add a touch of shimmering, glowing color to the cheeks, chin and forehead. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to mineral makeup.

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But what about nail polish? Many women love the fun and flirtatious effect of adding a little color to finger and toe nails. However, most brands of nail polish contain harsh chemicals that are worrisome to some consumers. SpaRitual offers a unique line of nail lacquers that are free from DBP, formaldehyde and toluene, common ingredients in other popular nail polishes. SpaRitual nail lacquers are also completely free of animal products. And when it comes to removal time, the lacquer removers are a gentle, moisturizing alternative to harsh drugstore nail polish removers.

It's nice to know that you can in fact have your cake and eat it too. Women who have avoided cosmetics in the past now have a great alternative that's not only healthy for the skin but also looks fabulous. It's the ultimate win-win situation.

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