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Cornstarch: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

Cornstarch: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

Most of us have a box of cornstarch in our cupboards for the two or three times a year when a recipe calls for it. But cornstarch is a great help-me for personal care because it absorbs moisture. You can use it very successfully for powders (just as with talcum powder, avoid using on babies), skin-cleansing milk, deodorant, and a sweaty shoe solution!

Here are four fabulous cornstarch recipes:

Skin Cleanser
The slightly abrasive quality of the cornstarch sloughs off dead skin cells.

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon glycerin
1/4 to 1 teaspoon rum
A few drops essential oil, for fragrance (optional)

Combine all the ingredients. Dab some of the mixture on your finger and massage into your skin. Rinse with warm water.

Oily Skin and Shine Absorber
Combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with kaolin (white clay). Dust on oily skin areas.

Sweaty Shoe Solution
If your feet tend to sweat, sprinkle a little corn starch in your shoes before you put them on. The corn starch will absorb moisture.

Corn Starch Deodorant
Combine corn starch with some finely ground lavender (optional) and pat under your arms to keep your underarms dry on hot days.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:37AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thanks Annie for sharing this interesting information and tips.

6:28PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

I like the skin cleanser idea.

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5:11AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:33AM PDT on Mar 18, 2010

thanks for post

10:36PM PST on Jan 28, 2010

Thank You.

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