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A Healthy Foundation ~ For A Healthy Foundation

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Choosing the best makeup foundation for yourself can be challenging ~ even for skincare experts!  Especially when you look at all of the zillions of different brands, formulas and types! 

Everything from powder, liquid, stick, crème, and even air-brushed in a spray-on bottle!  Adding to the mix are the many different skin condition formulas: dry, aging, oily, combination, sensitive and normal.  And of course, there is the coverage factor to consider: sheer, light, medium, full, and even camouflage!  It is enough to make you say yikes! 

With so many choices – how can you choose wisely and healthy?  Believe it or not, just a little bit of research is all you need to reveal the perfect foundation for your skin. 

First – You need to determine your skin condition.  For the very best skin condition analysis, I recommend a consultation with an Esthetician near you.  The Esthetician will look at your skin under a “loop” which is a lighted magnifying glass to see your skin up close and personal.  Also sometimes a “Woods Lamp” is used showing the skin surface via a black light and magnifying glass.

In the meantime, while waiting for your appointment with your Esthetician, here is a quick- although less scientific method, to determine your skin’s condition:

Tonight after your evening beauty regime of cleansing, and treating your skin, as you are getting ready for your nightly ‘beauty sleep’ – place three clean tissues on your nightstand.  

First thing the next morning before getting out of bed, take the tissues, one at a time, and gently rub one across your forehead, one across your nose and cheeks, and the last one across your chin.  Remove the tissues and review them. 

  • Normal skin      Tissue will show little to no oil on it.  Skin does not feel tight or flaky.
  • Dry Skin:            Tissue will show no oil on it, but skin feels dry and taut after tissue removal.
  • Oil Skin:              Tissue shows oily areas and skin’s surface could still remain oily to the touch.
  • Combo Skin:     Some tissues reflect oily areas such as forehead and nose areas, while cheeks/chin feel dry/tight.
  • Sensitive Skin: Skin feels irritated and possibly looks red and/or blotchy after removing tissue. 

Secondly – Decide which type of foundation you like.  Is it crème, liquid, powder, stick, mineral, etc.?  Next decide what coverage you prefer.  These are truly a matter of personal preference – based on what you like, and what feels best on your skin.

Thirdly – But without a doubt - the most important step is to check the label for ingredients!  For the healthiest foundation, make sure that your foundation choice is free of:

  • Parabens
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • And is Dermatologist and clinically tested

As for SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – The best place to have SPF is on your face – either in your foundation, or topically applied after your skincare regime, if you are sans makeup.   In order to work, a SPF cannot be IN your skincare products – as skincare products are meant to go into the skin!  SPF doesn’t do any good – inside your skin – to work SPF needs to be up, front, and center, shielding and protecting the skin!

And Lastly, if your skin could use a little extra age-defying ingredients, look for foundation formulas with multi-mineral complex of Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, and Lysine as well as vitamins like A and E that protect the skin against free radical damage while moisturizing and protecting the skin. 

Surround yourself with beauty ~ healthy beauty!

 

Susie Galvez

www.susiegalvez.com