Makeup Tips for Healthy Skin Apr 20, 2023 / by Complete Family Dermatology Team
If you want your skincare routine to work, you must pay attention to the makeup you put on your face. Otherwise, your efforts to keep your skin clear will go to waste. It pays to be discerning with your foundation, concealer, and other makeup essentials, regardless of how often you wear them.Given the abundance of makeup products on the market, it's hard to know which ones are good for your skin. If you're confused or overwhelmed, here are some dermatologist-recommended tips that can help. Remember that everyone's skin is different, so you may have to do some trial and error to see what's best for you.Use Makeup That Suits Your Skin TypeBefore you invest in makeup, determine your skin type first. That way, you can find the most suitable products for you. If your skin feels tight, scaly, or flaky, you most likely have dry skin. If you notice that your entire face is shiny, you probably have oily skin. But if the shine is limited to your t-zone, you most likely have combination skin. As for those who have hydrated but non-oily faces, you have normal skin.You can address your skin issues, not just with skincare but with makeup too. If you have dry skin, purchase moisturizing makeup. But if you're on the oilier side, you'll benefit from products that mattify the skin. In general, it's best to go for makeup products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free because these won't clog your pores and cause breakouts.Go for Hypoallergenic Makeup If You Have Sensitive SkinIf everything makes your face break out into hives, you must be extra careful with your makeup choices. Opt for hypoallergenic products because these are typically the best for sensitive skin. However, the FDA doesn't regulate the term 'hypoallergenic.' Just because a makeup product has the word on its label doesn't mean it won't give you an allergic reaction. Do a 24-hour skin patch test on all products before using them on your face.If you don't have access to hypoallergenic makeup, find products free from fragrances, botanical extracts, and preservatives. These ingredients are known to cause skin irritation and allergies. You can also go for mineral makeup because these only use natural ingredients.Don't Rely Solely on the SPF in MakeupNow that everyone's more aware of the importance of sun protection, more makeup brands are incorporating their products with SPF. While it's good to use foundation, concealers, and powder with SPF, they don't provide enough protection. You'd have to apply it 15 times thicker than usual to get its full SPF benefit. But that's not a good look.Before applying makeup, slather broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen on your face, ears, and neck. That way, you're fully guarded against harmful UV rays. What's great is that some sunscreens can double up as a makeup primer, giving you a flawless look. You can also purchase an SPF spray if you want to reapply SPF throughout the day on top of your makeup.Remove Your Makeup Before BedNo matter how tired you are, you must remember to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Do so with a gentle makeup remover. Your skin will thank you for it. It will be able to regenerate as you sleep, and you'll wake up looking fresh and healthy. When you leave your makeup on, your skin becomes dry and irritated, making you look older.The Bottom LineMakeup should be fun and expressive. But that doesn't mean you can use anything and everything. Choose makeup products that will contribute to your skin's health. For more information, contact Complete Family Dermatology at (402) 423-1111.