Is Talc in Makeup Safe or Not?
This is one of the most popular questions from consumers when it comes to makeup ingredients and safety, and I'm all about it! You should care about yourself, and yes you should be aware of what is going on or inside your body! After all, your skin is your largest organ!
So first, let's start with the most important part.
What is Talc?
Talc is contaminated with asbestos, a mineral substance that has been linked to cancer. Being exposed to talc can cause irritation, wheezing, coughing, organ system toxicity, chest pain, difficulty breathing, mesothelioma (tumors of the tissue that line the lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs).
Talc in makeup is also one of the most common ingredients. You can find talc in eyeshadows, powders, foundations, lipsticks, and more.
Talc in Cosmetics
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, talc is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in cosmetics than other products. But the ongoing debate about the safety of talc as an ingredient in any product to potential links to cancer has made consumers second-guess their beauty routines.
So now that we understand the risk of having talc in makeup or other products, we can understand better why the consumers have a good reason to ask this question or worry about it.
So why do most companies choose to use talc in their makeup? Because talc is cheap!
Makeup with Talc vs. Talc-Free Makeup: The Difference in Quality
The second most important reason why we should not have talc in our makeup is that it reduces the makeup’s quality.
Through my own experience and research, being in the industry for 20 years, I learned that there is a difference in makeup with talc versus talc-free makeup. Talc in makeup affects the quality of your makeup products and the result of your makeup application.
Makeup with talc gives a chalky effect cover-up (ultra-matte finish), that takes away the beautiful raw/natural, glow pigment of your makeup. It affects the way your makeup sits/stays on your skin and the end result of how your makeup looks.
Makeup with Talc
- Migrates inside your natural fine lines and makes your skin look dryer/older.
- You can visibly see the makeup on top of your skin (i.e. powder, foundation, blush).
- Doesn’t allow the makeup application to stay in place for very long. Results in an unclean, muddy look.
- Blocks your skin from breathing underneath, causes irritation/itching, and can result in breakouts.
- Makes your skin look soft and fresh with a natural glow.
- Allows your makeup to blend nicely with your skin.
- Allows your makeup application to stay in place for the whole day without the need to touch it up.
- Allows your skin to breathe underneath.
Talc-Free Makeup at Puzzle
One of the most important parts that I learned about talc in makeup is that it’s an unnecessary ingredient! Laboratories can create a makeup product without using talc in makeup.
Organic and natural beauty brands choose to not use talc in makeup products that they create.
Knowing that you can get sparkling, pearl, and shimmer makeup with a naturally shimmery finish even if you don’t have talc in your makeup.
Our goal as a company and as human beings is to create a high-quality ethical makeup brand that is Talc-Free. We will never formulate any product that has a high toxicity. We will always keep our makeup safe for you to use. We will always provide you with makeup that will create the best results for your individual needs and what you are trying to achieve. We want you to enjoy using your makeup products!
Before you purchase your makeup, make sure that you read the label and that you know what you are using on your largest organ. I won’t use talc on my skin, and you shouldn't either.
Stay safe and beautiful, it's possible :)