Does the thought of talcum powder bring up images of soft baby skin or your grandmother’s dressing table? Yes, us too. But here are six ways to use talcum powder that will change your mind about this grocery store wonder!
1. Good Hair Days
Long before the invention of dry shampoo, women were sprinkling talcum powder on to the roots of their hair to absorb oil, increase volume and freshen up their locks between washes. It works best on lighter hair colours, but you can still use it sparingly on darker strands.
Apply by sprinkling gently on oily areas – getting as close to the scalp as possible. Work it into the roots with your fingers, then tip your head upside down and brush your hair gently to boost volume.
2. Lash Out
Forget lash inserts and an assortment of mascaras. Plump up your lashes by dusting a small amount of talcum powder over them lightly before applying your regular mascara. This helps to add thickness and create volume.
3. Wax Off
If you wax at home this one is for you! Prevent your waxing strips or hot wax from sticking to your skin by rubbing talcum powder on the area before application. This ensures the wax sticks to the hair only, protecting your skin and making for a less painful waxing experience.
Powder works like a charm to reduce sweating and chafing. Use it before a run to smooth the friction on areas such as your inner thighs. It’s also the ideal refresher for sweaty feet or to prevent them from getting hot and bothered in closed shoes. This is because of talcum powder’s moisture-removing properties plus its tendency to smell lovely.
5. Shine Buster
As a great oil-absorber talcum powder is an easy way to quickly remove shine from your face. As it is not a translucent powder you do have to be careful though! Just remember to apply sparingly with a very light dusting and stick to the areas that really need it (like your T-zone).
6. Beach Be Gone
We all love heading to the coast during summer, but the feeling of sand sticking to sunscreen-covered skin is not
particularly pleasant. Sprinkle some talcum powder over sandy spots on your body and be amazed as the grains brush off easily on to the beach, instead of in your car or house. This is particularly great for kids’ sandy feet!
Joëlle Davidson is Woman and Home’s Editorial Assistant whose two cats are very pleased she is typing from home these days. When Joëlle isn’t typing or reading she can be found enjoying the beauty of Cape Town’s outdoors. Or just the beauty of her favourite wine bar.