Foundation is usually the beginning of your make-up routine. You can choose different types of foundation, such as cream, powder or liquid, and different types of foundation work better with certain skin types. Because foundation goes under all your other make-up, this is really going to be the first thing directly on your skin when you apply make-up, so take some time to consider what you need in a foundation. You want to make sure you pick a foundation that is not going to react badly with your skin, but you also want to try to find one that will actually be good for your skin.
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If you suffer from dry skin, you want to look for a foundation that helps to keep your skin moisturised throughout the day.Sometimes high-priced products are actually going to be your best choice because many of them really do offer better value products. You can choose a better foundation that has fewer chemicals and a better overall effect on your skin, if you are willing to spend the cash for the better ingredients. Try finding a formula that has a soufflé-like consistency, which is smooth and moisturising, without being oily. If your skin is pretty dry, you may not be too worried about a slightly oily product, but the oil can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Cheaper brands may have more oil and filler, which can irritate your skin.
To keep your skin moisturised and also smooth out your complexion with foundation, consider a tinted moisturiser. Tinted moisturisers will keep your skin hydrated while giving you some coverage. A characteristic of foundation that is especially good for sensitive skin is that it has organic ingredients. Certain chemicals can react badly with your skin, so it is much less likely that you will have bad reactions with an organic foundation. Organic products just generally are better for your skin as well.
Skin Clearing Oil-Free Foundation
Some foundations offer formulas for specific skin issues, such as dry skin, sensitive skin, acne or discolouration. Look for formulas that are "oil-free" and have antioxidants or antibacterial properties. Foundation with these ingredients often are meant for acne-prone skin and, therefore includes some ingredients that naturally help smooth and hydrate skin. Some include vitamins A, B, C, and E as well, which keep skin healthy. When choosing a foundation for dry skin, choose something that is made with vitamins, which will naturally keep your skin healthier and more hydrated long-term.
Certain foundations will have ingredients that are meant to moisturise your skin. According to expert Edna Sousa of bestcovery.com, "Cyclomethicone...gives skin that smooth feel and protects against dryness." Look for a foundation with cyclomethicone in it to obtain soft skin that holds in moisture better. After wearing a foundation meant to help your skin for a while, you will begin to notice your skin looks and feels better without the foundation on. Any foundation with cyclomethicone is going to give your skin that smooth feel and will help keep your skin from drying out.
Dimethicone and Glycerin
Some foundation contains dimethicone, which helps make your skin smooth to the touch. Check out foundation that contains glycerine, which moisturises your skin, as well. If you find the two together in one product, chances are you've found a foundation that will keep your skin soft and moisturised. Continue to keep in mind what type of skin your have, so if you have very sensitive skin, try to find a gentle and possibly even organic foundation. If you get breakouts from foundation that is too oily or sticky, try something that is lighter and doesn't go on too thick.