Baby powder is a product name for talcum powder, which is made from talc, a clay mineral that contains magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is very often used to absorb moisture and cut down on friction. When applied to the skin, it can help prevent rashes and other skin irritations. Many of us apply baby powder to keep certain area fresh and dry. Talcum powder is also commonly added to makeup products like foundation and cosmetic powder to achieve a smooth appearance.
But, did you know that talc is mined in proximity to asbestos? This is another naturally occurring mineral that is known to possess carcinogenic effects!
Actually, we should never use baby powder or products containing talc on our skin. With even inhaling these products we can make huge health problems to ourselves and others. Additionally, talc is not only present in baby powders, but it is hidden in other cosmetic products such as bath bombs, shower products, soaps, lotions, feminine hygiene products, blushes, bronzers, face powders, foundations, eye shadows, lipsticks, face masks, toothpastes, deodorants and many other products that we use on a daily basis. So, before buying any of these products, always read the label first and make sure they are talc-free.
And do not despair as there are many other alternatives to talcum powder that are completely natural and safe and equally effective. For example, baking soda is a great replacement for talc and has many uses for the skin and hair. On the other hand, cornstarch can help relieve skin irritations. It is excellent for bug bites, chaffed skin, sunburns, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and diaper rash.
And how about a natural alternative for foundation? Try making your own DIY Foundation makeup with skin-healing and soothing ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, non-nanoparticle zinc oxide, and vitamin E oil. To add color to this foundation, use cinnamon and nutmeg, or cocoa powder.