Do's and Don'ts for Using Talc As Part of Your Beauty Routine

Talc is a clay-based mineral that is made up of hydrated magnesium silicate. When in powdered form, it can be mixed with other ingredients. For example, baby powder is usually a combination of talc and cornstarch. It can also be added as a thickening agent to a number of products. It’s often found in paint products, cosmetics, and ceramics. Talc doesn’t have to be an addition to other ingredients. You can use it on its own in your beauty routine. There are some do’s and don’ts to consider when using talc as part of your beauty routine.

Setting Makeup

Talc is often included in many makeup products because it can very effectively act as a primer. When you are applying makeup, talc can be an effective product to set your other cosmetic products. If you are prone to oily skin, the talc will absorb any oils that will appear throughout the day. It will help your makeup look nicer for a longer period of time. You can also add some talc to your powdered cosmetics to make them look a bit lighter. High-quality talc that is intended for cosmetics use is recommended when you’ll be putting it on your skin each day.

Soothing Irritated Skin

Talc can be used on areas of your body that are experiencing irritated or sensitive skin if you need to reduce friction. Talc won’t clog pores. If you have oily skin, this is a great oil-absorbing product that you don’t have to worry about making you break out. If you’re dealing with acne of any form, talc can be a very soothing and effective way to prevent that oil buildup that is causing issues. Whether you need to use it regularly or just during times of the month when your cycle is causing problematic skin, talc is a good product to have around. Avoid using talc around the genital area, as studies have shown a 30 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who use talc as a feminine hygiene product.

Using it on Your Eyelashes

Talc is a great way to make your eyelashes look long and luscious. You’ll have to do this step with care, so the powder doesn’t get in your eyes. Use a makeup brush or tissue to dust a little bit of talc powder on your eyelashes. Then put on your mascara like you normally would. The talc acts as a binding agent, allowing the mascara to do a better job than it normally does. A gentle eye makeup remover should be used to effectively remove the mascara and talc at the end of the day.

As with many beauty and cosmetic products, it’s a good idea to use talc with caution. It can be very useful as part of your beauty routine, but there are ways that it can irritate your skin and eyes. There are people who are very sensitive to talc, so spot testing your skin before using it regularly is a good idea.

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