Foundation explained: is it bad for your skin?

Have you ever wondered whether applying foundation every day can actually be counterproductive? Having a seamless complexion is something most of us enjoy. But there might be some consequences of frequent use of foundation. See what happens if you are a foundation lover like me.

I confess I’m a foundation lover –the feeling of tapping that heavenly smelling elixir on my skin is definitely one of the most soothing steps of my morning routine. I love the flawless look, my dark circles become finally concealed and other discolorations disappear. But yesterday, as I was dabbing the product with the sponge I began to wonder, what if I was actually clogging all my pores? So I decided to do some research.

For hundreds of years we have tried to even our skin tone with products, both men and women in Egypt, Greece and Rome wore makeup to cover flaws. In the Elizabethan era, people applied lead and vinegar as a foundation –with terrible consequences brought about by the lead, but hey, some people would rather be dead than ugly, right? Aside from the joke, if in the past people died because of their makeup, are we still causing harm to our skin with our modern products?

The ingredients

Nowadays foundations don’t contain anything as toxic as lead, but some additives might raise red flags. Some foundations contain parabens –such as methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl– to extend the shelf life of the product. Parabens can be absorbed by the human body and may be linked to cancer and tumors.

Make sure your product is parabens-free.

The type of foundation

Your foundation has to be the right one for you if you don’t want to alter the balance of your skin. if you have oily skin, don’t choose liquid or oil-based foundations –unless you want to clog your pores and cause acne. If you have dry skin, always remember to moisturize before foundation and stay away from powder or alcohol-based foundations: they can cause redness, irritation and flaking.

If you have dry skin, steer away from powder or alcohol-based foundations

The application

It is paramount to apply foundation after you’ve washed your hands and use brushes or sponges to gently tap the product onto your skin and make sure you clean it regularly –to minimize bacteria and dirt to be transferred to your face.

The removal

This is the golden rule –never sleep with your makeup on. If foundation sits on your skin for too long, it can clog your pores, cause breakouts and free radicals from environmental pollution will cling to your face via your makeup. Free radicals break down the collagen in our skin, i.e.: premature skin aging.

Never sleep with your makeup on.

So the bottom line is that it is not that foundation is bad for your skin, you have to choose the right one for you, apply it in the right way and stay away from those that contain parabens.

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