Makeup is not your skin’s enemy—especially if you know how to choose the right products. Some cosmetics may seem beautiful upon the first application, but they can also contain ingredients that can dehydrate your skin or cause acne breakouts.
On the other hand, there are makeup products that can enhance your facial features and improve your skin’s texture at the same time.
By learning how makeup can supplement your skincare, you can invest in products and use tools that will help you glow with and without makeup.
1. Your Primer Can Protect Your Skin
Primer is the very first makeup product that you should be applying in order to achieve a flawless base as it preps your skin for the next steps in your routine.
It helps smoothen your skin, fill in your pores, and even out your skin texture so that your makeup will last longer and adhere better.
Most importantly, silicone primers contain occlusives like dimethicone which can serve as a protective barrier for your skin.
Silicone-based primers, like Benefit’s POREfessional Primer or L’Oreal Paris’ Infallible Mattifying Primer, will make your skin look smooth on the outside while helping it stay hydrated on the inside.
2. Your Makeup Base May Prevent Sun Damage
In case you missed the memo, daily sunscreen use is a non-negotiable skincare step as it’s the most effective way to prevent premature skin aging, collagen loss, and even skin inflammation.
When it comes to sun protection, you can never have enough.
Sunscreen should be the last skincare product that you apply before moving onto your makeup routine.
However, you can further build up your protection against the sun’s UV rays by using a makeup base with SPF in addition. Especially as these tinted products are more convenient to reapply than sunscreen.
Laura Mercier’s Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturizer is a cult-favorite makeup base that contains SPF 30 as well as vitamin C and E!
Note: you shouldn’t replace your sunscreen with make-up containing SPF as most people won’t apply the correct amount to get the stated SPF protection.
3. The Right Products Can Be Hydrating
Hydration is key, especially when it comes to skincare. Well-hydrated skin facilitates your skin’s cellular turnover process, keeps your skin looking plump, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
So, if you want to keep your skin looking plump and radiant, you may want to avoid cosmetics that contain irritating and dehydrating ingredients like alcohol and fragrance (although some people are able to use these ingredients without any problems).
Even products with a pH level of 5.5 or higher can dehydrate your skin and cause premature aging, infections, and acne.
Instead, look for makeup products that contain moisturizing ingredients (e.g. glycerin, ceramides, etc.)
Setting sprays like E.L.F.’s Makeup Mist and Set can hold your makeup while hydrating your skin with ingredients like aloe and green tea. You can also use setting sprays as a mist to hydrate your skin and freshen up throughout the day!
4. Good Makeup Hygiene Can Go a Long Way
You may have good cosmetic products that compliment your skincare routine. However, if you apply these makeup products using a dirty makeup sponge, brush, or finger, then your skin may still suffer.
It has been discovered that beauty blenders, which are often left damp, can be a breeding ground for fungi. Similarly, dirty makeup brushes can encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Of course, you can also transfer germs from your hands to your face if you’re not washing your hands before applying your makeup.
Make it a habit to regularly wash your hands, makeup brushes, and beauty blenders before applying your makeup so you can also help your skin.
You can protect your skin from damage and enhance your facial features with the use of the right makeup products and tools. Investing in makeup with skin-beneficial ingredients and practicing makeup hygiene are some of the steps that you can take to care for your skin.
This article was specially written for sciencebecomesher.com by Alina Garner.