Face powder is a makeup product that is applied to the face to set foundation after its application. It is very effective for oily skin as it reduces the appearance of shine and minimizes the appearance of pores.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Talc: One of the main components of the face powder is talc. Talc is composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, magnesium and is usually used in baby and face powders. It is found in rock deposits and is mined from the ground to finally be crushed, sorted and then milled to a powder. Talc is generally used to absorb moisture and oil, reduce the appearance of large pores, or prevent rashes.
- Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and cosmetics.
- Mineral Oil: Also called white mineral oil, mineral oil is a colorless lightweight liquid that is also made from a highly purified, refined, and processed petroleum. This ingredient helps to prevent water loss from the skin and keep it moisturized. Given its many moisturizing and softening properties, mineral oil is used in many personal care products such as bath oils, skin care creams and hair care products as well.
- Magnesium Carbonate: This ingredient is a form of carbonic acid. It has a light texture and a white color, and can be found in bath products, makeup, personal cleanliness and other cosmetic products.
- Dimethicone: It is the most widely used silicone-based polymer in cosmetics. You can find it in creams, lotions, bath soaps, serums and shampoos. Since dimethicone has fluid properties, it helps the products flow smoothly on the skin leading to an improved texture.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Those ingredients are used primarily in cleansing products. It helps to clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away added to emulsifying properties. In 2010, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data for these ingredients and the closely related sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate and concluded that all of these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products in the present practices of use and concentration, when formulated to be non-irritating.
- Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
- Talc: One of the main components of the face powder is talc. Talc is composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, magnesium and is usually used in baby and face powders. It is found in rock deposits and is mined from the ground to finally be crushed, sorted and then milled to a powder. Talc is generally used to absorb moisture and oil, reduce the appearance of large pores, or prevent rashes, but some researchers say it might lead to skin cancer and irritation on the long run.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Cornstarch: The first alternative and perhaps the easiest is Cornstarch. Cornstarch is a widely available product that you can find in any local grocery store baking aisle. The latter’s main component is corn kernel which makes it a totally natural substitute for talc. Cornstarch can be used to cool irritated skin as well as it is known to be highly absorbent with no side effects.
- Baking Soda: An efficient substitute of face powder is baking soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, we shall mention that baking soda can be a very effective powder alternative for people with oily skin and large pores.
- Oat Flour: Oat flour can also work as a substitute, it has the same benefits and results, but this one has a thicker texture than the alternatives mentioned above. Opt for it when you are looking for a coarser powder.