MICA is a naturally occuring silicate mineral that is mined all over the world for use in everything from household and automotive paints, to electronics, to the cosmetics. Mica powder adds shimmer to your gloss, eyeshadow, bronzer, etc.

Sourced primarily from India, the Mica industry is heavily involved in child labor, forced labor, wage theft, and overall corruption. One company has spent the last year tracking the sketchy supply chain to ultimately pave the way for transparent global sourcing.  That company? Beautycounter. 

By now, you probably know that I support Beautycounter for their high-quality, tested-clean skincare and cosmetics (they’ve now banned 1800 shady, unsafe ingredients from their personal care products when the FDA has banned just 30 since 1938).  Futhermore, they are the only cosmetics company using their platform for positive global intervention, in addition to continued national advocacy. 


Get the scoop & take action with these 3 steps:

  • Learn more about the dark side of Mica–check out the Beautycounter documentary HERE and/or read the FAQs.
  • Shop brands that are working to eradicate child labor, see below for some recs. 
  • Text MICA to 52886 to ask our government leaders to act.

    Mica itself is a clean ingredient, but the supply chain is not. Here’s how to get your “glow” safely and ethically, It’s time to support companies committed to environmental ethics and full ingredient transparency.


    Swap for all around clean shimmer, here’s your new 3 min GLOW:

    Bronze Glow Stick

    Satin Powder Blush

    Velvet Eye Shadow Palette 

    Lip Gloss


    GLOW CLEAN with me.



    Kim Suvak Warden, NP

    Evidence-based Beauty



    Author Kim Suvak Warden Kim Suvak Warden, NP, is the founder and sole provider at KSW Medical Aesthetics in Medford, Massachusetts. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a background in health and wellness, urgent and primary care. She has spent the last decade researching and documenting critical links to rising disease rates and our exposure to unregulated chemical ingredients–many of which, reside in our daily personal care products. Her mission is to educate and empower consumers to make better beauty choices, while supporting the national movement for ingredient oversight and legislation. Clinical-grade skincare does not have to come at a cost to your health or your wallet.

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