Baby powder is a powder used for preventing diaper rash, as a deodorant, and for other cosmetic and household uses. It may be composed of talc (in which case it is also called talcum powder) or corn starch.
The powder is either applied to the surface and then spread and rubbed in with the hand, or given into the hand and then applied. It can also be applied with a sponge or cloth.
Baby powder is not toxic, but care should be taken that it is not inhaled.
In skin care
Baby powder makes the skin soft and supple without making it oily or greasy. It thus acts as a dry form of 'lubricant'. It also absorbs moisture of any kind, including sweat and moisture left from the previous application of lotions, oils, and other skin care products. Babies are often powdered after a bath and when changing diapers, after cleaning the buttocks and genital region, before the clean diapers are put on. This helps prevent diaper rashes. Baby powder, like baby oil, is also a popular prop in adult baby and diaper lover erotic play.
Baby powder is also useful for adults after the shaving of body hair as it can help prevent irritation such as post-shaving rashes and pimples. However there is also the risk of the opposite effect: instead of keeping the skin dry, baby powder can also absorb moisture, and in places where it can not dry off, such as between the inner thigh and the scrotum, the moist powder can cause a rash.
Baby powder can also be used for massage when a person does not like to have oil applied to their skin.
After a lengthy spanking, the buttocks will often be sweaty. The buttocks can be wiped dry and baby powder applied to dry off the remaining moisture and soothe the skin.
In rubber and latex care
Talcum powder is used to get more easily in and out of latex clothing. In mainstream clothing, its use is perhaps best known in rubber and latex gloves, such as used for hygienic and medical purposes and ladies' evening gloves.
Chemically, talc is hydrated magnesium silicate. In nature, it is a very soft type of rock that can be easily scratched by a fingernail and feels smooth and slippery to touch. Soapstone is largely made of talc, as is most tailor's chalk.
Talcum powder is also used in some sports, such as basketball, to keep the player's hands dry. In other sports, such as rock climbing, gymnastics, and weight lifting, magnesium carbonate is used instead; it keeps the skin dry while preserving high friction.
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