Arrowroot powder (Maranta Arundinacea Root Powder) is all the rage with the gluten-free set in cooking and baking, but it also has some impressive beauty uses.
Much like talcum powder, this starch (obtained from the rootstock of tropical plants/tubers) activates the skin’s ability to absorb moisture. If you have oily skin in particular, arrowroot powder can do wonders for you – try mixing a little in with your loose powder to help manage oily skin during the day.
The absorbent quality of arrowroot powder also leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth, and has natural deodorizing properties.
More importantly, however, arrowroot powder is a kickass alternative to talcum powder, which has been shown in recent research to be linked to ovarian cancer.
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