Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you would have noticed the countless lines of mineral makeup that have been sweeping our cosmetic counters.

I’ve never been a fan of that heavy, mask like feeling you get from wearing foundation so when I first tried this stuff I converted!

It’s weightless, provides natural coverage, and feels like I’m not even wearing make-up- what more can a girl ask for?

Minerals are not just the new black, they’re actually good for your skin,especially for people with sensitive skin, rosacea and acne.

The most common minerals used are zinc oxide, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, titanium dioxide and iron oxide, which both have natural sunscreen capabilities.

These pretty little rock crystals have no nasty oils, are water resistant, and cover blemishes and other pesky skin problems without clogging pores.

But be warned, whilst pure mineral cosmetics are free of chemicals and fragrances found in common cosmetics, not all brands are created equal.

Some products on the market include fillers, which dilute the mineral pigments and are often used because they are cheaper to produce.

These include talc, shown in several studies to have carcinogenic (cancer causing) effects, bismuth oxychloride which may cause irritation to some people (especially those with sensitive skin), and preservatives like parabens.

It’s the careful exclusion of these ingredients that have made certain brands like Inika the ethical choice for those who want to avoid harsh chemicals in their beauty bags.