The day I eliminated liquid foundation from my makeup routine was the day my skin started to look healthier, clearer, and more radiant.
Work with your skin instead of against it
I have TONS of freckles, and never really had very clear skin either, and I was trying to hide all of those things. But in the process, I was just making my skin worse. I had acne still into my early twenties. So I decided to try something different. I saw commercials for mineral makeup (Bare Essential’s BareMinerals line, for example) saying it was better for your skin. I wanted to try it but at the time I couldn’t afford anything like that. I saw Loreal’s True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation at my local drug store. I bought it and fell in love. It evened out my skin tone without trying to cover up my freckles. The added SPF benefit was welcome. Now, I use Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation. I think the quality of Bare Escentuals is a little better than Loreal’s and the powder is more finely milled, but either choice is still much better for your skin than the liquid foundation, which only tries to hide who you are, while sinking into fine lines and clogging your pores.
Use a quality moisturizer so that your own skin looks better and needs less “cover-up”
Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil moisturizer was practically a life saver for me. Switching to a mineral foundation did reduce the number of my breakouts, but even at 25, I was still always dealing with at least one blemish at any given time. Two weeks after I started using Josie Maran’s Argan Oil before I put on my makeup and before bed, I noticed substantially clearer skin. I can now go weeks without a pimple and my skin overall looks more radiant and youthful.
Are you crazy? You want me to moisturize with oil?
It may sound a bit nuts at first, but yes, I recommend rubbing a 100% oil product on your face at least once a day. I know we have been conditioned to only buy things that are oil-free but using this product actually reduces your own skin’s sebum (oil) production. Less oil production means your pores are less likely to clog or get infected which is the cause of pimples to begin with. In addition, argan oil is loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants so it boosts your skin’s immune response. This is in contrast with products like Proactiv which are antibacterial. Personally, I would much rather boost my own skin’s immunity and condition than rely on an external substance to destroy the bacteria that cause breakouts. You may find after a few weeks that your skin actually gets a little dry using the argan oil. When that happens, you can either use the argan oil every other day or you can mix it with another moisturizer.