You’ve been diagnosed with rosacea or suspect you have it? Possibly you are thinking back to your childhood seeing your Auntie Dot with awful thick reddened cheeks, and you, looking in the mirror – just wonder. Your cheeks, chin and between your eyes just seem to be always red and get redder when you drink and when you try to enjoy a lovely spicy curry or even just on entering a warm room or sit before a gorgeous cosy open fire.
Your skin, which used to be lovely usually feels tight, irritated and you are finding it more and more impossible to find a makeup to cover the redness which doesn’t make you want to scratch your face off at the end of the day!!
The principles of care and therefore having skin which may be red and uncomfortable, but can be covered and managed are:-
- Know your triggers and avoid them.
- Know your ingredients and avoid the nasties in your personal care products which includes makeup.
- Use the best quality, no nasty cosmeceutical skin care products you can find.
- Have regular, 2-4 weekly hydrating facial treatments (no nastys) by reputable skin care clinicians.
The makeup you’re using on your skin might be a trigger for your Rosacea too?
There are certain ingredients contained in makeup that can irritate your skin further, exacerbating the problem. Here are a few ingredients that are commonly found in makeup, that have been found to irritate rosacea skin conditions.
This is a common silicone-based ingredient found in makeup and skincare products. It is used to give makeup that feeling of gliding and smoothing over your skin. It is also used in most primers as it can fill in fine lines and wrinkles in order to even out the texture and tone of the skin. Although dimethicone is approved for safe use in products, it is quite often found to irritate those who have rosacea or severely sensitive skin.
Talc has long been used in cosmetics to absorb moisture, smooth and soften products and to make colours in makeup appear more opaque. More recently talc has been targeted as a culprit in clogging pores and for those who experience acne-rosacea, this is not a great mix, however you may find that a thrice milled loose mineral powder suits your skin, whether you have acne-rosacea or not.
Bismuth is used in lots of cosmetics, particularly those that are “mineral makeups”. It is commonly used as a colourant because it adheres to the skin well and gives it a luminous, shimmery appearance. Those who have reactive/rosacea skin might notice that products containing bismuth, especially those that contain bismuth as the main ingredient, can cause irritation. This is because of the structure of the particles as they have sharp edges that poke into the pores.
Parabens are preservatives that are used in cosmetics to lengthen the shelf life of the product; they are used in order to prevent the growth of bacteria and mould. In small doses, you might find that products containing parabens are fine for your skin, but when most of your products contain this preservative, those who already have quite reactive skin might find that this has a negative effect on their skin.
So what to use?
If possible go makeup free whenever you can.
- Avoid liquid makeups and concealers as they usually contain some dimethicone for the “slip”, instead build up layers of a powder makeup until you reach the coverage you like.
- Wait a minute or two between layers as mineral powders need this time to give their full effect.
- Set your makeup with an appropriate setting mist – Hydrating or Clarifying (oily) setting mist. Keep this spray with you during the day and spray to help hydrate throughout the day.
- If you feel your skin, though feels dry and tight at times, is oily, choose matte products, including the Clarifying setting mist.
- Colourscience ALL CALM has been formulated just for rosacea, reddened, inflamed skins – calms, soothes and treats as it covers. It is also SPF 50 – brilliant!
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The Osmosis Colour range of makeup contains none of these and is dye free. The pressed powders are specifically geared towards problem skins of all kinds as they not only act as a great mineral makeup with true long lasting coverage they contain goji berries and 11 trace minerals that help to heal the skin. Goji berries are an excellent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-oxidant. The colours stay true and do not oxidise through the day so perfect for rosacea skin that wants the coverage to last all day.
The Colorescience makeup range are designed to treat your skin with their ingredients incredibly finely milled so they sit on the surface of your skin. However their powders and primers do contain dimethicone and their powders bismuth.
Very rarely do we find that our sensitive skin clients have any irritation from the products in either of these ranges so go out, cover up and know your skin is being cared for!
** for more information about toxic chemicals read our organic products page or check out: – http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/talc/
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Still not sure?
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