What Is Face Powder Made Of?

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The formulation of face powders depends on the manufacturer, with many common ingredients, including dimethicone and talc. Face powders are used to alter the perception of the complexion by adding color or other effects, such as deflecting light, and so the ingredients are based on the ability to impart color or textural effects precisely and with staying power.

Prior to their use, ingredients are evaluated for skin reactions and irritations and continue to be monitored once they are on the market. Common ingredients found in face powders include:

  • Dimethicone
  • Talc
  • Tocopherol (or Vitamin E) and tocopherol acetate
  • Glycerin
  • Fragrances and coloring
  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Silica
  • Mineral oil
  • Kaolin

Face powders advertised as natural or containing natural ingredients may also contain botanical extracts of various kinds. Some powders use a formulation including mineral powders since these have an enhanced staying power and ability to conceal even post-surgical scarring.