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The powders are considered as one of important skin care preparations. These are widely used by both men and women. For the formulation of powder cosmetics the fallowing ingredients are used.

  1. Covering materials: These covering materials are used to mask small imperfections, enlarged pores and minor blemishes. These particles are very fine for pefect distribution on surface of body. The surface are of the powder is very high. The dry skin offers better covering powder compared to moist skin. Examples:  Titanium dioxide this is most widely used mater for the formulation of face powders because it most efficient when compared to the zinc oxide.
  2. Adhesive materials: These are main ingredients in the formulation of powders. The adhesion property of the powder cosider for efficiency. The aadhesion not only to the surface of skin but also to the powder puff. The necessary to the adhesion of powder is for take poder from container for use.  Examples: Magnesium and zinc sterate both of these ingredients are mainly used for the improvement of adhesion of the powder. In both of these ingredients the magesium sterate is most acceptable ingredient when compared to zinc sterate. Other ingredients are lithium sterate, calcium sterate, talc, cetyl alcohol, steary alcohol, glyceryl monosterate, petrolactum, lanolin, magnesium and calcium salts of myristic acid.
  3. Slip materials: This propety is preferd for speading of the powder on the skin. It also provide the smoothness of the product. Examples: Talc, aluminium hydrosilicate.
  4. Absorbent materials: These are mainly used for aborbing the secretions from the body like sedum and sweat. Examples: colloidal kaolin, bentonite, aluminium silicate, magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate.
  5. Peach like finish materials: These are mainly used for peach like finished appearance. Which provide bloom to the skin. Examples: Rice starch, silica, powdered silk etc.
  6.   Materials imparting frosted look: These materials are mainly used for translucent luster and shiny look to the skin. It also importen pearlescence. Example: guanine, mica, aluminium, bronze and bismuth oxychloride.
  7. Colouring material: These materials are mainly used in the formulation of face powders and compact powdersto impart colour. Examples: iron oxide, ultramarine and organic lakes and pigments.
  8. Perfumes: These are  mainly used for flowery fragrance. These ingredients should be compatable to that of all ingredients useed in the formulation of powders.