It can be easy to fall in love with these foundations when they give you a flawless look that lasts all day (even in the humid weather!)
But is that really what is best?
‘I’ve encountered many clients wearing long-wear, stay in place foundations over the years. The problem with these products is that they act as a film over the skin. It takes several cleanses to cleanse long-wear foundations off the skin thoroughly. Everyone should double cleanse makeup off regardless, but I’ve found I’m still cleansing twice that amount when trying to get these products off the skin. Residual makeup still comes out of the pores when going on to do a microdermabrasion treatment. This speaks for itself. It’s all about educating the client about these products and other alternatives that are healthy for the skin. It is our largest organ after all, and we need to take care of it. The other marketing ploy to be cautious of is “dermatologist tested”. They don’t give the outcome of the test. What was the result? What were they testing? Did the dermatologist approve of the product to match the claim?’ Rhiannon Delaney – Dermal Therapist
Most of these long-wear products contain harmful ingredients such as silicones, alcohols, fragrances, parabens and comedogenic (clogging) ingredients. These ingredients aren’t just unhealthy for the skin. Recent research suggests they may also be carcinogenic, meaning they can transform healthy cells into cancer cells.
Although these ingredients can make your skin look flawless on the surface, their long-wearing, staying power can wreak havoc on your skin underneath. You get in the habit of wearing it every day to cover up the breakouts without realising that it can be one of the significant contributors to your skin woes. It’s a vicious cycle!
What can you do instead?
1. Try a high-quality mineral makeup
We recommend Synergie Mineral makeup, a cosmeceutical mineral makeup range formulated to benefit your skin. There are three different foundation formulations to choose from:
A revolutionary 4-in-1 foundation: primer, concealer, UV protector, and antioxidant cream foundation. This foundation provides creamy coverage and natural UV protection with 40% mineral sunscreen and squalene which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. Fully blendable, this foundation can take your look from sheer to full coverage.
Second Skin Crush
Our loose mineral foundation with broad-spectrum sun protection. Second Skin Crush is a lightweight loose mineral foundation with over 50% zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This provides superior natural UVA/B protection and a luminous appearance on the skin. Second Skin Crush also contains pure botanical ingredient clinically proven to prevent moisture loss by providing a release of hydrating liposomes.
A BB liquid mineral foundation with zinc oxide UV protection and niacinamide. A light BB liquid mineral foundation that provides natural to medium level coverage. Mineral zinc oxide and iron oxide pigments give broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) environmental protection. Harnessing niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and lycopene, this cosmeceutical base will address hydration, uneven skin tone, free radical damage and signs of premature ageing creating an even, flawless finish.
Not all mineral makeup is formulated correctly. To find out what ingredients to look for and avoid read Terri Vinson’s blog Spotlight On Mineral Makeup: The Benefits and What To Look For here:
2. Get regular skin treatments to clear and balance the skin.
One of the most common reasons for wearing these foundations is to hide imperfections, so a treatment plan with a Dermal Therapist is the best option. Try and stick to monthly skin treatments (at least), and if on a budget, your best option is to look into places that offer skin treatment memberships. These can be extremely cost-effective as they break up the price into affordable repayments, and have your treatments planned and sorted for the year!
Check out our Skin Gym for membership options: