I don’t have oily skin. I also don’t have a history of acne. But I have been breaking out with acne and my skin is bumpy after I started using foundation.
If this sounds like you, this blog post is for you. And even if this doesn’t sound like you, we are going to share tips on how to keep your skin smooth and radiant in the world of makeup.
1. The Wrong Foundation, And Ingredients for YouI only started using makeup on a daily basis 2 years back, and my first ever foundation was the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. While satisfied with how it applied, I was constantly on the hunt to try something new – and cheap, of course. I turned to the cult favorite – Colour Pop’s No Filter Foundation. The first application got me falling in love with its full coverage formula and how it seemed to blur my pores and made my skin look smooth and flawless. 1 year into using my second bottle of the product, however, I realized that I was getting more and more break outs and my skin became bumpy and rough. My makeup routine had not changed apart from the different foundation, so it seems like the most likely culprit. A quick search on the Internet explained my predicament. Some products are just not suitable for us – and we have got to realise that as soon as possible so that we can find one that is better for us. To do so, look out for certain ingredients, or lack thereof to ensure minimal potential skin problems. One ingredient to look out for is silicone – especially if you have active acne. Silicone is used in make-up products to fill in the pores so that a smooth finish is achieved. This sounds ideal but take a step back and you’ll realize that filling out your pores equals clogging your pores for long periods of time. Your skin is suffocated, which may lead to increased inflammation of the skin and acne. Silicone can also be listed as dimenthicone, or anything ending in “cone”. Other ingredients you might want to stay away from include Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Myristyl Myristate and Laureth 4 – common irritants and pore-clogging ingredients.
2. How You Apply Makeup MattersWhether you use your fingers, makeup brushes or beauty blenders to apply your makeup, it is always important to keep it clean. Bacteria and germs can cling on to your brushes and beauty blender while it is moist with product – and these bacteria transfers onto your skin the next time you apply your makeup.One cause of acne is bacteria – or Propionibacterium acnes (p.acnes), which lives at the base of the hair follicles on our skin. P.acnes survives in the low-oxygen environment and lives off sebum and cellular debris – it naturally secretes substances that help it break down sebum, which it then consumes as food. When this bacterium is increased, the secretion irritates surrounding tissue and leads to inflammation. It is thus of utmost importance that you clean your beauty tools properly on a regular basis to keep it clean and fresh! Wash your brushes and beauty blenders at least once a week to ensure minimal bacteria and product buildup – after all, the tool can hold onto the product better for smoother coverage ;)
The Maria Galland 65A Eye Makeup Remover Lotion is a 2-phase makeup remover lotion that dissolves all eye makeup gently. It is effective even against long-wear and waterproof eye makeup and helps to soothe the skin, leaving it clean, soft and supple. Containing Allantoin (Comfrey Plant Extract) and Panthenol (Vitamin B5), it refines, soothes and softens the skin while moisturizing It also protects the eyelashes. Hamamelis Extract clams and balances the skin, and Jojoba oil improves the elasticity of the skin, preventing droopy and tired eyes. Facial cleansers can come in lotions, foams or gels to help remove deeper seated debris, and cleanse pores. This ensures that your skin is thoroughly cleansed so that it can breathe and rest throughout the night. Always use makeup cleansers and facial cleansers that have active ingredients containing vitamins to give your skin that extra boost!