Call it magic beauty dust. Skincare that comes in a powder is shaking up the industry by providing potent, customizable and sustainable options that are as friendly to the environment as they are to our complexions. Packed with all the benefits we love, minus the chemicals and fillers we don't, dry formulations go far to solve problems that come with traditional products, and ensure your daily routine delivers maximum efficacy. Just for starters, the no-liquid, TSA-friendly packaging makes them a godsend for travel lovers.
“Powdered skincare is a game-changer due to its lack of the preservatives that are often necessary in water-based products,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Shafer Clinic in New York. (The water can breed bacteria—no water means no need for preservatives and other chemicals, thickeners and emulsifiers.) Zero moisture also lets powdered products stay strong against degradation from exposure to oxygen, lights and heat, she explains. “They have a longer shelf life, higher concentration of active ingredients and their purity reduces the risk of causing adverse skin reactions.”
What’s equally exciting is the customizable MO: Make the product as potent or mild as you want by adjusting the amount of water used to activate, or add your desired amount into a favorite serum to create a super cocktail. “Customization has become so relevant in skincare, and being able to decide your potency level can make one formulation applicable to all skin types,” says Dr. Engelman.
But with great strength comes a need for mindful application. Dr. Engelman advises: “If you have sensitive skin, approach these potent powders carefully to find your just-right mix.”
Here, seven standout powder-products to sprinkle into your routine:
True Botanicals Boosters:
The Vitamin C Booster formula tackles one of the biggest challenges in skincare: stability. True Botanicals' ingenious powder keeps vitamin C in its most potent and effective form, ensuring that its benefits—brightening skin, reducing dark spots and fighting free radicals—are maximized. The addition of ferulic acid enhances its efficacy and stability.
The Niacinamide + Biotin Booster is a powerhouse combination. The Niacinamide component reduces the appearance of pores, balances sebum production and smooths skin texture, while Biotin, or vitamin B7, bolsters skin hydration and overall texture. The formulation, free from any dilution, ensures that each application delivers a concentrated dose of skin-nourishing benefits.
Onélogy Megadose Tablet-to-Gel Serum:
Each tablet is formulated with specific, clinically proven ingredients that cater to a range of skin concerns. The HPR Retinoid targets fine lines and wrinkles, Azelaic Acid battles breakouts, Niacinamide brightens and evens skin tone, Alpha Arbutin addresses pigmentation issues, and Peptides promote firmness and overall skin health. These pills, when activated with water, transform into a gel serum, offering peak potency without waste. oneology.com
The mineral-based powder sunscreen, containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, offers broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection. Its brush-on method makes reapplication effortless, even over makeup, ensuring continuous protection throughout the day (the no-spill formula lets you freely toss in whatever bag you’re toting). Plus, it's available in various shades, so it works with every skin tone.
The Nue Co Topical-C:
Featuring the purest form of vitamin C, l-ascorbic acid, this product remains inactive until mixed with a moisturizer, preserving its strength and effectiveness. Augmented by ferulic acid and a blend of tapioca starch, oatmeal and aloe vera, it offers a soothing yet potent solution for stimulating collagen production and evening out skin tone. thenueco.com
This gentle rice powder scrub is a testament to PritiPolish’s commitment to natural, effective skincare. The unique formula not only brightens and softens skin but also reduces the appearance of pores and evens out texture. Included is a custom copper spoon for precise measurement so you get the perfect amount for each use—an emblem of the brand's focus on detail and quality.
N°1 de Chanel Powder-To-Foam Cleanser:
Rich in antioxidants, this powder morphs to foam and leaves skin soft, luminous and rejuvenated. The Red Camellia Extract is pivotal in protecting against environmental aggressors, while the Red Camellia Oil is a luxurious touch that makes skin feel soothed and pampered. chanel.com