Ladies may merely feel the heat, but this one positively glows. And now that I am half way through an incredibly sticky August, I found myself taking a shine to the concept of mattifying products. The trouble is that so-called mattifying moisturizers don’t work, plus they just add another layer of gunk. Mattifying foundations make my skin look old and dry.  The idea seemed doomed until I saw an oil-absorbing face powder from Japan made with silk.

Made by a company called Chidoriya, 100% Silk Face Powder ($68) had me at hello with the silk alone. Most powders are talc, rice powder or even cornstarch-based and invitation to break out. Silk on the other hand, absorbs oil and is even meant to offer sun protection. Silk fibers have a low molecular weight so, in theory, this face powder should be comfortable and lightweight.

At the same time pearl powder is hopefully going to do a little nifty light diffusion to take some attention away from my shiny cheeks.

Chidoriva doesn’t stop there. It has added in a fistful of oils (although oil does seem oxymoronic in a powder) that will do a girl good whatever the weather, starting with antioxidant green tea and including antibacterial rosemary.  Plus it has introduced me to a new botanical antioxidant called litsea cubeba. The oil extracted from this tree that is native to China shows, according to research, “remarkable” antioxidant activity in comparison with vitamins E and C.

Best of all there was absolutely nothing not to like. By this stage, I was glistening with excitement. Of course, I had to order it. Actually it took a bit of tracking down. So if you are interested, I can give you a short cut. No sweat.

Ingredients (Absolutely translucent/no color):

Silk, Mica (natural minerals), Pearl powder, Camellia sinensis Seed Oil, Coral powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil Litsea Cubeba (Maychang) fruit oil, Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Oil Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil