Hi lovely peeps! I asked you some questions over on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and today I thought we would begin this Questions & Answers mini series. I decided to devide your questions in to several posts, for me to be able to elaborate my answers on your interesting questions and at the same time making the posts reader friendly (read: not abnormally long). Without further ado, let’s get in to the first post and first question of this series!

 

Q: How should I prepare my skin before foundation?

A: This is a great question and sometimes tricky task. You may have experienced that your skin sometimes change, from oily to dry, smooth to more textured? It’s not uncommon that we can be both oily and dry at the same time, in different areas of the face. The same goes with red spots, dullness, larger pores etc.

Being the body’s largest organ our skin reacts to outer and inner stimulus like wind and weather, stress and hormonal changes. Hence, we sometimes need to change our skin care routines to fit the present ‘mood’ of the skin. Knowing this, it may sound like an impossible task to know what products to use. But don’t despair! There are basic guidelines to start out from.

  • Dry skin?
    Often needs moisturizing products to help the restore moisture balance. If you experience a lot of dryness or dry patches, exfoliating will also help a smoother foundation application by first removing dead skin cells and improve the skin’s capacity to moisture absorption. So exfoliate, mositurize and let set in to the skin. These steps are often enough when you have dry skin as this acts both as your skin care and primer base for foundation.
  • Oily skin?
    For skin types with a sebum overproduction you may experience issues with foundation gliding around and not really adhere and set. Oily skin needs to be prepared for makeup by cleansing with a suitable cleanser for oily and/or sensitive skin. And you might think that more moisture would aggravate the oilness but this is a common missconception. Overly oily skin needs moisture balance so after cleansing prep your skin with, preferably, a lighter day cream. Finish with a primer that is water and/or aloe vera based.
  • Combination skin?
    If you have both oily and dry skin you most likely have a combination skin type and may need to use different products for the specific ‘problem’ areas. For example, use a face oil and/or creamy moisturizer on the dryer parts of your face and a lighter water based moisturizer on the oilier parts, like in the T-zone (nose, chin, forehead). I myself experience combination (and sensitive) skin that during summer months leans more towards oily and in cold months tends to get more dry and reactive. I have a few different products on hand to help me prep my skin before foundation.
  • Sensitive and acne prone skin?
    No matter skin type you can also have a sensitive skin. You might react easy to stimulus, like changes in hormonal levels, certain types of food and sleep deprevation. It is understandable you just want to cover up the redness with makeup or start popping those pimples, but wait. Instead, try thinking of your skin like a friend trying to tell you something, like you need to slow down, prioritize time for yourself or regulate your food intake during the day. Behavior changes like these can be one way of preparing and balance your skin and using mild cleansers and creams designed specifically for sensitive skin another. When choosing a suitable foundation for sensitive skin I would go for a plant based /organic BB or CC cream. These sorts of products can double as skin protectants and at the same time enhance the complexion by balancing redness and texture while adding a subtle and natural coverage. Remember, it is not about covering but enhancing. ♥
  • Normal skin? Clean, moisturize and prime.

Primer tips

Avoid silicone based primers! A lot of conventional makeup products contains silicone. On the ingredient list it is often found under names ending with -cone or -siloxane, the most common Dimethicone. Did you know it takes an average of up to 500 years for silicone to decompose in nature and risks disturbing our ecosystem?

Instead, look for ingredients like aloe vera (INCI: aloe barbadensis) and natural glycerin. Aloe vera is an amazing plant and great for all skin types as it soothes, protects and repairs while locking in moisture.  Glycerin is an organic compound and protects the skin barrier, acts anti-irritant and is found in nature, like in our own skin. Just be sure it is not synthetically produced. Glycerin binds moisture really well to the skin and it gives primers that bit of tacky ‘glue:ish’ feeling which helps foundation adhere better and prevents it from slipping and sliding around.

Try:
Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Illuminating Primer
Kyrpis Heliotropic Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Face Cream
Balance Me Instant Lift Primer

Hope you found this post helpful in some way and if I didn’t answer your question don’t worry. The Q & A series will return soon. Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

 

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