About 7 years ago, on a lovely hot summer’s day, I knocked on the door of a cute little house in the ‘burbs of Christchurch.
The door opened and I was greeted by a very cheery, sporty looking girl with ruddy, blotchy skin.
That might seem like an odd observation for me to make - but THIS girl was going to be giving me a professional makeover.
A lovely evening makeup look - and she wasn’t wearing a stitch of makeup!!
For some reason, that really struck me and made me feel a bit nervous about my final look.
I must have made one of those faces - you know the one.......
Where you think you are totally running judgey thoughts in your head and trying desperately not to say or be rude, so standing like a numpty saying nothing - But my face said it all!!
...........Because without being prompted, she apologetically explained that she doesn’t wear makeup because she likes to let he skin breathe as often as possible.
Oh that’s cool - I replied feeling mortified that my face had given away my thoughts......AGAIN........
I guess that made sense - but NO! That should not make sense.
Makeup should NOT be stopping our skin from breathing. And you know what I’ve discovered since that day - my makeup artist is not alone.
So many of us have the same complaint.
Are you one of them? stuck between a rock and a hard place?
Love the look and coverage your foundation / tinted moisturiser gives you - but hate the way it clogs your skin, causing break outs and blemishes??
It’s a common issue and for a lot of us, it seems an unavoidable trade-off.
To get the lovely flawless look during the day - you have to suffer major flaws once you wash away the coverage.
This is not an issue you have to just suck it up and live with - plus I have a cool little ‘hack’ for you.
But, the problem arises because most companies load up ‘fillers’ into their products.
Fillers aren’t all bad! - Often they are used to make the active ingredients more ‘spreadable’, but more often than not, the fillers are made up of ingredients that do not work well with the skin surface
Here’s a quick trick you can try - to test your products and see if they contain the ingredients responsible for congesting your skin and causing unnecessary blemishes.
The culprit ingredients?
- Mineral Oil and Petrochemicals.
Mineral oils are a by-product of petroleum distillation - Yeah! YUCK!
Petrochemical by-prodcuts are very common ingredients in beauty products. They are colourless and odourless, lightweight and mainly CHEAP - which makes them an attractive option for companies to use.
Without even diving into the concerns around the contaminants and toxins often present in mineral oils that can be absorbed through the skin and into our bodies (and quite scarily - any of these that DO get in, cannot be metabolised by the body, meaning once they get in, we can’t get rid of them!)
Instead - let’s focus purely on the impact ON the skin.
Petrochemicals are OCCLUSIVE
(that’s a fancy word meaning they create a SEAL on the skin.)
And while that may sound like a good thing, because essentially it’s stopping any dirt and debris from pollution getting into the skin,
it’s actually a problem as an ingredient in your skincare/makeup, because it means your skin can’t BREATHE
(and just to be clear here - our skin is designed to breathe, and draw moisture IN from the air, and also to RELEASE any toxins OUT into the air.
If there is a SEAL on your skin it can’t breathe, it can’t soak in moisture, and it can’t eliminate toxins that it’s trying to release.)
OK! So, Sure! The occlusive nature of mineral oils will mean that it will lock any existing moisture in the skin
The problem with that?
Well what if there isn’t enough moisture in your skin?
And FUN FACT
- most of us over the age of 24 years, are lacking moisture and need to help our skin along by adding moisture IN.
(using naturally occuring humectants are a great option and there are some fantastic plant based ingredients that are hard core moisture boosting humectants.
But even if your products are loaded up with some snazzy humectant ingredients - if they also contain the minereal oil ingredients then those bad boys are cancelling out the good stuff!
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
But - hey somebody’s gotta do it.
So how can you see if you’ve got nasty petroleum by-products in your foundation?
Believe it or not - you can’t just trust the labelling on your jars!
Because due to crazy marketing anomolies some companies have wised up to our aversion and actually put OIL-FREE on their packaging.
So - This is a super simple test you can try at home.
Fill a little glass with water (warm or cold, it doesn’t matter!)
Squirt a small amount of your foundation into the water and start stirring.
Does the makeup mix in and blend with the water?
Or does is sit in globules at suspended in the water?
What you are hoping to see is the blending. If you are seeing the globules, and probably a greasy film building on the sides of the glass - you’ve got a problem and your foundation is no friend of your skin.
Yeah so what do you do now?
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