Know Your Ingredients: Cornstarch

by beautifulwithbrains

What it is
Cornstarch (Zea Mays) is a silky and powdery starch obtained from the dried center of the corn kernel.

What it does
Cornstarch is an absorbent. It is sometimes used in cosmetics instead of talc because it absorbs more. However, it cakes easier.
Cornstarch is also a thickening agent, can decrease greasiness and improve the feel of a product.

Side effects
Cornstarch can cause allergic reactions.
In addition, when it turns moist, it can promote bacterial growth in pores.


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Janessa September 11, 2011 - 9:09 pm

I never knew this. I wish I had found your blog earlier!

beautifulwithbrains September 12, 2011 - 6:35 am

Janessa, I’m glad you found it useful. 🙂


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