10 brilliant uses of talcum powder

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September 24, 2017

Though talcum powder has been around for ages, it’s among the most under-rated beauty products ever. This fragrant, smooth substance can do much more than absorb sweat and make you smell fresh. As compiled from Femina, here are 10 lesser-known uses of talcum powder that you will surely thank us for.

As dry shampoo replacement

The oil absorbing property of talcum powder makes it work like dry shampoo on your hair. If your hair is greasy, sprinkle some on the root and gently work it through the hair, brushing away the excess. The talcum will blot away extra oil refreshing your hair instantly.

For lush lashes


Did you know that baby powder dusted on the eye lashes will make them appear longer and thicker. Use a Q-tip to dab the powder between coats of mascara. This will also help prevent the mascara from clumping.

For setting lipstick

Talcum can not only help set your lipstick but also make it stay on for longer. After applying a coat, place a thin sheet of tissue over the lips. Then using a blush brush, lightly dust some talcum powder over your lips through the tissue. Apply another coat of lipstick and voila, enjoy well-set, lasting lip colour.

Make waxing smooth


Dusting talcum powder on the skin before waxing makes hair removal smooth and pain-free. The layer of powder will absorb excess moisture from the skin, allowing the wax to stick properly, thereby creating a barrier between the skin and wax. This enables pain-free and efficient hair removal.

For shine free skin

When the temperature rises, our face can become vulnerable to sweat, which ultimately ruins our makeup. Keep sweat and shine at bay by applying some talcum powder on the sweaty areas of your face. It will also act as a makeup setter, giving a smooth, matte finish to the skin.

Battle sweat on the go


Get rid of sweaty skin in an instant with a sprinkling of talcum powder. Use it on your underarm area, behind the back of knees and any other part of your body where sweat accumulates easily.

Remove sand easily


If you’ve just come back from the beach, chances are you have sand stuck in the most unexpected of places. But did you know that rubbing talcum powder on your skin is a safe, quick and easy way to get rid of the pesky sand particles? Just dust talcum powder and brush away the sand.

Prevent chafing

Chafing is caused by skin which becomes sore due to excessive rubbing, be it against clothes or skin. It mostly happens due to sweat accumulation and can be quite painful. Make sure to keep the chaffed area dry by dusting some fragrance-free loose powder. This will eliminate friction and keep your skin smooth and pain-free.

To freshen smelly shoes

Get rid of stinky shoes in a minute with the help of talcum powder. Just sprinkle the insides of the shoes generously with talcum, let it sit overnight or for a few hours and dust it off. The powder will absorb all the moisture, sweat and odour making the shoes fresh again.

Slipping on clothes easily

Getting into those skinny jeans or leggings can be a struggle, particularly on hot days. Sweat can make the clothes difficult slide on to the skin. Rub the skin with talcum powder that will absorb the sweat, making the process much easier than before.

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