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  • Building a Foundation for Healthy Skin

    Have you ever ruined a diet with a night on the town? Maybe it wasn’t just a little indulgence, but a full blown episode with dinner, dessert and cocktails. If this sounds familiar then you understand what ‘undoing your hard work’ really means. Although food is more tempting than cosmetics (unless you’re a product junkie!), choosing the wrong cosmetics can undo all your skin care efforts – and that can be a pricey routine. Color cosmetics are formulated to cover up imperfections and enhance the appearance with just about all the colors of the rainbow. Unfortunately, many of these formulations have synthetic fragrance, colorants and ingredients that can be comedogenic or even irritating. The important thing is to maintain a healthy barrier so these ingredients don’t penetrate skin and produce adverse effects.

    Luckily, you can also provide an extra barrier of hydration that includes mineral colorants, which can prep your skin for additional cosmetics like blush, eye shadow, lipstick, etc. This is where makeup and skin care meet – a formulation that serves as a foundation for makeup but that falls in line with your skin health treatment products. Typically, these are known as foundations, tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and whatever new terms may crop up. The point is that choosing the right base for makeup should be as important as the other products in your skin care routine.

    Many foundations are formulated with the single goal of hiding your imperfections. Unfortunately, they do not treat skin concerns like oiliness or dehydration, and they often leave skin parched, with a cakey look after a few hours. Some minerals may even absorb water from your skin, leaving you drier than if you didn’t use the product. Because you spend your hard-earned money on your skin care products, you should also expect a foundation or base to put up a good fight and enhance, not just hide, your appearance. The key for long-lasting makeup and a smooth appearance is hydration. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Polysaccharides, Urea and even Lactic Acid are humectants that impart their hydrating effects onto skin upon application, and often for some time after.

    Maintaining skin hydration not only prevents microcracks from forming on skin, which can lead to product penetration and irritation, but it also keeps the formula from drying up on the skin – as some foundations end up enhancing fine lines and wrinkles instead of concealing them. The extra bit of moisture also helps makeup slide on more smoothly and evenly. But hydrated does not mean oily – so avoid excessively oily formulations that can clog pores and slide right off on a warm summer day. Finally, you want to protect skin from future damage. This not only means looking for broad-spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays, but also for ingredients like extracts of Hydrolyzed Pearl, Walnut, and Olive, which can protect skin against free radical formation and glycation. So considering that even cosmetic products can impart skin health effects, a night on the town should leave you guilt-free – even if you go for that slice of chocolate pie!

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