Having sensitive skin requires you to do extra work when it comes to choosing the cosmetic products you use. Special care is needed for those who have sensitive skin since there are many factors you should be very careful of in order to prevent certain reactions to occur. As for makeup products, there are a lot of them available in the market that has ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin.
Considering this fact, it can be quite frustrating for someone who has sensitive skin to have seemingly very limited choices when it comes to makeup. Well, there’s actually no need to fret. The beauty industry has evolved so much that it has begun understanding every skin type.
You apply foundation directly onto your skin and most of the time, it stays on your skin the entire day. As it sits on your skin for a long time, the ingredients slowly seep into your pores. The wrong foundation can only aggravate your sensitive skin condition and can result to itching, scaling and even nasty rashes. To avoid this, here are some tips when choosing the right foundation for sensitive skin.
Check the Label: Hypoallergenic and Non-comedogenic
When you suffer from hypersensitive skin, it means that certain ingredients trigger or disrupt your pores resulting to allergic reactions. Fortunately, there are many beauty brands today that carry cosmetic products that are hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic. But what do these terms mean? Why should you need to go for a hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic foundation?
- Hypoallergenic – products labelled as “hypoallergenic” features less ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. Indeed, a hypoallergenic foundation is a much milder option but it does not fully guarantee that it won’t cause any reaction.
- Non-comedogenic – it’s a term that describes a product that has ingredients that do not clog the pores. Your foundation sits on your skin for a long time and with this being mentioned, some foundations have ingredients that seep into the pores and clog them.
As a clarification, there’s never a solid guarantee that going for a hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic foundation will not cause your skin any reaction. Sensitive skin types fall in different categories and severity levels so each requires a different approach. If you think your skin gets inflamed severely and you are having a hard time determining its cause, it’s always best to consult a professional.
Fewer Ingredients Are Better
Have you tried going through the ingredients list of your favourite foundation? There are foundations that have a long list of ingredients while others don’t. True enough, certain ingredients are needed in order to come up with a particular foundation formula. However, there are foundations that contain too much laboratory-made chemicals that are mostly harsh for the skin.
One example is synthetic fragrance. If you foundation has synthetic fragrance, it can also mean that fragrance is needed to mask the harsh scent of other harmful chemicals contained in the foundation. This is why the ingredients list goes longer and longer – one chemical to mask another chemical’s scent and texture.
In 1986, a research study was conducted by the National Academy of Sciences wherein synthetic fragrances were tested. The result reveals that 95% of the chemicals involved in making synthetic fragrance are toxic, some are even carcinogenic.
Going for a foundation that has fewer ingredients in its list is one way to lessen the possible triggers for your skin allergens. In addition, it is also wise to keep yourself familiar with the cosmetic ingredients that you should avoid.
Opt for a Lightweight Foundation
There’s a higher chance that a heavy-duty foundation is jampacked with oil-based ingredients and pigments that can clog your pores. When we talk about a “lightweight” foundation, this is something that will allow your skin to breathe. Ingredients that are all-natural, preferably organic, are very delicate to the skin.
Moreover, natural oils derived from fruits or vegetable gets absorbed deep within the skin without clogging the pores like synthetic mineral oils do. Take some time and go through the list of ingredients as well as the product description to make sure you are getting the right foundation for your sensitive skin.
Focusing on premium ingredients and formula for your choice of foundation does not necessarily mean that you have to splurge much. Great quality cosmetics in very affordable price points are possible. You can go for a premium foundation gentle to your sensitive skin by considering brands that spend more on the content instead of the marketing.
Dr. Farid Mostamand, founder of Ageless Derma and author of Ageless Skin Obsession, “Brands tend to spend so much on the middleman (marketing, distribution, etc.) in which they have the consumers shoulder its cost. This is why some are expensive compared to another while both share the same effectiveness and quality.
But what if you need extra coverage? Fortunately, there are brands that offer full coverage while keeping the foundation’s formula featherweight. Another alternative is to not pile foundation onto your entire face but instead, focus on areas you want to cover using a concealer.