Favorite powder, blush and shadow would be completely different without this component in the formula. What role does talc play in cosmetics? We will tell right now, and at the same time we will debunk the myths that have developed around this substance

Controversy around some of the ingredients that make up cosmetics continues. We have already talked about the benefits and harms of silicones and parabens. This time we will discuss talc. Acquaintance with this common component in the composition of cosmetics begins with diapers, because it is talc that is the main component of baby powder.

But adults continue to use it as part of face powder, blush, highlighters, bronzers, shadows, that is, most products with a dry texture. It's time to find out why talc is needed in cosmetics and what properties are important for users.

What is cosmetic talc?

Talc in cosmetics is a mineral, crushed to the state of weightless powder, belonging to the class of silicates. A distinctive feature of this powder is that it seems greasy to the touch.

It was the properties of talc that ensured that whole categories of talcum products were included in the lists of ingredients. What can he do?

  1. Talc absorbs excess moisture, excess sebum; the result is matte skin without unwanted oily sheen.

  2. Removes bad odors.

  3. Prevents the development of inflammatory processes, soothes and softens the skin, preventing irritation.

  4. Talc prevents the oxidation of substances, thanks to which the composition of cosmetics retains its effectiveness longer, which means it increases the shelf life of products.

  5. The presence of talc in cosmetics makes the coating created with its help more resistant to moisture. Makeup will be more durable as a result. But it also needs to be removed correctly. Especially in the delicate area around the eyes. Here is a tutorial video to help you.

  6. Talc improves the texture of beauty products, making them softer and richer to the touch.

All these advantages cosmetics manufacturers could not ignore. Talc began to be used as a filler; this applies primarily to dry products. Often it becomes the basis of beauty products, exceeding 80% of the composition in volume.

Talc in decorative cosmetics: harm or benefit?

The fact that talc is included in baby powder seems to speak in favor of its safety, because formulas for the smallest must meet the most stringent safety requirements. And yet, talc has detractors who talk about the risks it supposedly poses to he alth.

  1. Firstly, it is believed that the smallest particles of talc can enter the body with breathing, settle on internal organs (for example, in the lungs) and, accumulating, provoke the growth of fibrous tissues.

  2. Secondly, they say that talc, due to its absorbent properties, can dehydrate the skin, drawing moisture out of it.

  3. Thirdly, talc is blamed for clogging pores, which can lead to breakouts. If the skin is basically acne prone, this will be inappropriate.

The possibility of negative consequences is greatly exaggerated, but if you want to minimize even mythical risks, pay attention to proper skin cleansing as part of your daily care. This is especially true for those who are concerned about the problem of clogged pores.

What facial cosmetics contain talc?

Talc is found mainly in dry textured products.

  1. Powder

    Cosmetic talc is mixed with pigments here. As a result, the product is evenly distributed over the skin, masking imperfections and evening out the tone.

  2. Blush, highlighter, bronzer

    In these products, talc also acts as a filler and acts as a texturizing ingredient.

  3. Shadows

    The talc content here is lower than in the powder, but here it also plays the role of a "diluent" of pigments.

Talc is also found in products such as foundation, lipstick, mascara, but at a lower concentration. Creams, lotions and deodorants can also contain it.

Who should use talcum powder?

Given the oily texture of talc, products containing it should be used with caution by those who have oily and combination skin or problem skin prone to breakouts.

To prevent clogging of pores, it is recommended to start makeup with a primer, and at the end of the day, thoroughly cleanse the skin and provide it with the necessary care.

How talc is designated in cosmetics: studying the label

In the case of talc, cosmetics manufacturers have nothing to hide: its presence in the composition is not regulated in any way. There is no unequivocal evidence of any harm to he alth from talc. Therefore, its inclusion in the composition of cosmetics is not masked in any way, and this substance is indicated in the list of ingredients as talc.

Does it make sense to choose cosmetics without talc?

Despite the fact that talc is essentially a mineral, powders with talc in the composition are not classified as mineral. Mika, mica, zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide are the main ingredients of mineral cosmetics; it is recommended to take it as a replacement for talc products. Particles of these minerals lie on the skin in “scales”, overlapping each other; they do not get into the pores, eliminating the risk of clogging and without interfering with the “breathing” of the skin.

The components of these products do not affect the physiological processes in the skin, so if your skin is problematic and you want to play it safe, you can abandon talcum products in favor of mineral cosmetics.

If you have normal skin, then talc products do not pose any risk to it. Such cosmetics can be used without fear, which does not eliminate the need for competent make-up removal and skin cleansing at the end of the day.

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