It is such a great feeling to see results when you start to use chemical and nasty-free skin care at home, particularly when you have oily skin or are prone to breaking out. Did you know that it is just as important to use makeup that follows this same philosophy? Many over the counter makeup products contain nasty ingredients that clog your pores and create inflammation in the skin, inducing and perpetuating existing breakouts.
We’ve all heard of comedogenic ingredients in our beauty products, but what does this really mean? Comedogenic ingredients are those that are known for clogging pores, not allowing for the skin to breathe. This can create irritation in the skin and can lead to breakouts or make your acne worse. Common nasties to look for include talc, mica and parabens. Look for products that don’t contain these ingredients or those that contain only traces of these ingredients.
Here at The Skin Care Clinic, we have a variety of mineral makeup options to suit everyone, ranging from hydrating and illuminating CC creams to pressed powders that feel barely there; these products will not clog your pores. In fact, these products not only hydrate and allow your skin to breathe, many of them also protect your skin as they contain a broad spectrum SPF. Finely milled minerals such as Zinc and Titanium dioxide protect your skin whilst reducing inflammation. Another benefit to using mineral makeup is that it also tends to last longer on the skin as the ingredients bind to the oils in your skin rather than water making it water resistant.
Breakout prone skin tends to become shiny as the day goes on, whilst some people love the dewy look, those that have oily skin find that they need to reapply makeup several times a day which can often lead to that “caked” look. Colorescience have two products that an oily/breakout prone skin will love; the Colorescience Clarifying Setting Mist or the Colorescience Mattifying Primer. These products reduce oil and shine, therefore reducing the need to reapply makeup throughout the day… and no – using them won’t clog your pores!
If you find that as well as breaking out, your skin is also super sensitive, we recommend using a pressed or loose powder rather than a liquid foundation. Nine times out of ten you will find that liquid foundations often contain an ingredient called Dimethicone. This ingredient is a silicone that is used to create “slip” in liquids, and is notorious for irritating sensitive skin types. If you are desperate to use a liquid foundation, another alternative is mixing your moisturiser in with your loose powder to create a creamy consistency.
Still not sure?
If you need more help or would like personalised advice on what skincare products are best for you, book now for your consultation with a skin care advisor:
Or fill in the Online Skin Consultation and Gaye, our registered nurse, will happily help you to choose the right treatments and products for your skin type or concern.