Many anti-aging products are made of formula-bulking water that can dilute potent nutrients and preservatives that can be harmful to the body. The innovative solution? Beauty ‘powders.’ By eliminating water and chemicals, they ensure you reap the benefits with each use!
A powder shampoo volumizes hair.
Chemicals in liquid shampoos can overstrip oils from the scalp, causing dryness and inflammation that can stall growth and leave locks brittle. A powdered version, like Klorane Oil Control 2-in-1 Shampoo Powder with Nettle (Buy at KloraneUSA.com, $26), can help. Its kaolin clay absorbs excess oil and product buildup on the scalp without drying out skin or hair, and nettle leaf extract’s antioxidants curb inflammation to promote healthy hair growth.
To do: Mix a packet with water; use once a week for results in two months.
A powder ’serum’ brightens skin.
Vitamin C is a powerful skin brightener, but it can be unstable in liquid form if exposed to air, light, or heat, says cosmetic chemist Vince Spinnato. Instead, he suggests using an ascorbic acid powder. This potent form of vitamin C blocks the enzymes that overproduce skin’s pigment and increases cell turnover to fade spots sans the risk of liquid oxidation.
To do: Add a pea-size amount of powder, like Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder (Buy at GoodMolecules.com, $8), to your moisturizer daily for results in 30 days.
A powder toothpaste whitens teeth.
Many whitening toothpastes contain saliva-stripping sulfates, which can make the mouth a breeding ground forbacteria, and hydrogen peroxide, which, in high concentrations, can erode the enamel, says Spinnato. What’s more, studies suggest that peroxide can release mercury (from cavity fillings) into the bloodstream and disrupt the nervous system.
The good news? “Research indicates powder toothpaste is more effective at removing external stains and plaque than traditional pastes — without the side effects,” says Spinnato. That’s because they’re often made with charcoal (it draws out plaque and toxins in guims naturally) and baking soda (it gently polishes teeth).
To do: Shake a small amount of powder, like Primal Life Organics Toothpowder (Buy at PrimalLifeOrganics.com, $21), onto a wet toothbrush and bruish twice a day for results in one month.
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