What are makeup face primers?
Primers prep your skin by creating a smooth and even canvas to use with or without makeup.
A makeup primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. Face primers prepares your skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold on to so it lasts throughout the day.
Makeup primers diminish enlarged pores, smooth bumpy skin and disguise redness. Some primers like the Nars Cosmetics Pore Refining Primer helps to diminish pores over time so that your skin is naturally more flawless.
Many face primers are formulated with silicone-based polymers like dimethicone because of their ultra smoothing effects. They contain fine silky powders that mattify your oily skin by absorbing excess oils and keeping your foundation in place for longer. Continue reading
Your face is one of the most important parts of your body and people immediately make judgments about your skin (and your personality) based on how you look. For people with problem acne, your skin care routine involves a little more than slathering your face with some soap, splash with water, pat dry and be on your way.
Choosing the right soap that helps your skin get rid of acne causing bacteria can make the difference between a smooth face and breakouts. A good acne fighting soap rids your skin of the bacteria that make their way into clogged hair follicles and cause breakouts.
Acne soaps used properly also removes dead cells on the surface of your skin, which makes it easier for your acne medication to be absorbed. Continue reading
If adding sunscreen to your morning regime feels like an unnecessary step, consider this statement from the Skin Cancer Foundation: “More than 90% of the visible skin changes associated with aging is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.”
When it comes to protecting your face – your whole body from UVA and UVB rays, your most important defense is sunscreen.
Using sunscreens especially on your oily or acne-prone skin may feel a bit like a misnomer. After all, sunscreens are comedogenic and tend to clog pores leading to breakouts and acne.
Fortunately, there are tons of oil-free sunscreens that protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun and prevent breakouts at the same time.
What does Noncomedogenic Moisturizer do and what does it Noncomedogenic mean?
In order to understand what “noncomedogenic” means, it may be helpful to break down the word.
A comedo (or comedones, if more than one) is a type of pimple that can form on your skin.
A comedo is the result of a clogged pore. Pores are the tiny openings in your skin that you can see when you look very closely, especially in a magnifying glass. Inside those pores are hair follicles- sacs beneath the skin that house the hair roots.
When your body produces excess sebum (the oily substance on the skin) this excess sebum can combine with dead skin cells and sometimes bacteria to plug up the pore. The result is a pimple – a comedo.
“Non-comedogenic” is a term used to refer to ingredients that do not block pores and promote pimples.
Most people experience blemishes and bumps well into their adult years with some – such as those with acne rosacea- not having acne problems until well into their twenties.
For some people, having acne in your twenties can feel like the revenge of puberty while you try to find makeup that hides your bumps. Fortunately, there is a way around this.
Face washes are products specially formulated for acne. What makes these products very effective is that they often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which helps to clear acne sores. Some cleansers, however, contain alcohol which tends to dry out the skin causing breakouts so you might need to moisturize after using cleansers.
Use only light, non-comedogenic (oil-free) moisturizers which do not aggravate acne.
This list of skin care products has got something for everyone. There are face wash formulas for all different skin types, from sensitive to acne-prone to combination to dry to oily and even those of us with rosacea.
The Buzz behind BB creams:
What are BB creams and what do BB creams do?
BB creams or blemish balms are multipurpose beauty products that have become one of the hottest trends in the beauty industry.
They are a versatile product that works as a moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer, makeup base or primer, skin treatment, and foundation.
BB creams were first developed in the 1960s by German dermatologist Christine Schrammek as a full coverage protective cover for patients’ skin after facial peels and surgery.
BB creams took off in South Korea as an alternative to foundation and moisturizer. Several BB creams contained important ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamins C, which brightened and evened skin tone, reduced hyper pigmentation of skin and treated blemishes such as acne, sun spots and age spots.
Acne, oil skin, and pimples shouldn’t be any reason for you to not leave the house.
Because there are unique and best foundation formulated for acne-prone skin that will work miracles (literally) on your complexion and provide a full coverage for your skin until you get your skin condition under control.
The rule of thumb when choosing foundations for acne-prone skin is to always go oil-free.
Also, choose foundations that tout water as their first ingredient.
Foundations containing dimethicone are great, since they absorb excess oil, mattify the skin, and minimize the appearance of larger pores.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the foundation has acne-preventing ingredients like salicylic acid.