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8 Dermatologist Recommended Makeup Tips
Whatever your skin comes in contact with influences your health. If you truly want your skin care routine to matter, choosing dermatologist-recommended makeup is crucial.
Putting on makeup is just as much of a routine as a skin care ritual can be. Whether you wear makeup regularly or only use it on special occasions, choosing the right products can only benefit your skin.
Choosing the wrong or low-quality products, however, can lead to acne, allergic reactions, and increased signs of aging.
These 8 tips can help you choose the right makeup for your skin type.
1. Always Read the Label
One of the most important things you can do when you buy makeup is read the label. Every dermatologist recommends this.
Don’t pay attention to the reputation of the brands. The only way you can make informed decisions is if you know the details.
This guide can help you interpret what the values on the labels mean.
2. Determine Your Skin Type Before You Buy Makeup
Everyone’s skin is different.
Some people have more oily skin, others struggle with dryness.
Knowing what your specific skin type is can help you find the most suitable makeup for you.
For example, if you have dry skin you should opt for products that include moisturizers. And if you have oilier skin, you could benefit from makeup with mattifying effects.
But, there’s more to skin types than just the level of oiliness. Take your shade, sensitivity, and moles into consideration as well when you’re buying makeup.
3. Do a Patch Test First
With every new type of makeup you try, it’s worth doing a patch test first.
Use a little bit of the product on your arm or the spot behind your ear. Then, wait 24 hours to see if you develop any reaction to the makeup.
If you notice itching, redness, swelling, or general discomfort, avoid using that product in the future.
4. Hypoallergenic Makeup Is the Best for Sensitive Skin Types
If you have sensitive skin, or you’re prone to allergic reactions, hypoallergenic makeup is the best choice for you.
Sadly, hypoallergenic isn’t actually an FDA-monitored term. Seeing hypoallergenic on the label isn’t a guarantee. That’s why it’s best to do a patch test first every time.
Hypoallergenic labels need to avoid ingredients that people with sensitive skin can have allergic reactions to.
Make sure you avoid products that contain:
- Fragrances: Chemicals that make the makeup smell nice.
- Preservatives: Chemicals that keep the makeup fresher longer.
- Botanical extracts: Concentrated plant materials often used to add skin care benefits or smell to makeup.
These three types of ingredients can often cause allergic reactions or skin irritation. As a rule of thumb, the fewer ingredients you see on the label, the better.
When in doubt, opt for mineral makeup. These are made from naturally occurring minerals which are crushed into small particles. Usually, they don’t contain any fragrances or preservatives, so they’re more suitable for sensitive skin.
5. SPF in Makeup Is Great, But Not Everything
A lot of makeup contains SPF (sun protection factor). This is the scale skin care brands use to determine what level of sun protection the product offers. The higher the SPF, the better.
While getting makeup (especially foundation) that contains SPF is great, it’s important to note that it’s not enough to rely on.
You also need to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the Sun.
Luckily, putting sunscreen underneath your makeup should do the trick. In fact, this SPF75 sunscreen doesn’t just protect your skin. It also functions as a primer for your makeup.
6. Non-Comedogenic Makeup Prevents Acne
If you’re prone to acne breakouts, you need to get non-comedogenic makeup.
Acne happens when your pores get clogged. While sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt are the usual suspects, comedogenic makeup can also clog your pores.
That’s why looking for non-comedogenic on the makeup label is a good idea.
Getting light, breathable makeup is the best way to prevent acne.
7. Make Sure You Get Clinically Tested Products
If you see “clinically tested” on the label of your makeup, it means that dermatologists examined it and deemed it safe to use on skin.
Fortunately, more and more companies opt for cruelty-free testing. This means that no animals are used in the clinical testing stage of their product creation.
Unfortunately, seeing “cruelty-free” or a picture of a bunny on the label is no guarantee that the product wasn’t tested on animals.
Still, the increasing demand for cruelty-free products and the easy alternative options for research help expand the cruelty-free culture of the makeup industry.
8. Don’t Forget to Take Your Makeup Off
One of the most common skin care mistakes people make is not taking it off after a night out. Maybe you’re tired or perhaps you forget about your markup. And all of a sudden you wake up with mascara stains on your pillow.
That doesn’t just damage your pillow…
It also damages your skin.
Your skin goes through a regeneration process during the night. Compromising that process with makeup can lead to acne and increased signs of aging. Dryness and skin irritation are also common.
Every dermatologist recommends that you take your makeup off before you go to bed.
Ask a Dermatologist for Their Makeup Recommendations
Choosing the right makeup for your skin type is crucial to protect your skin. Otherwise, you may experience irritation and itching. Using the wrong makeup could also lead to increased signs of aging.
As a BIALife member, you get personalized skin care and makeup recommendations from board-certified dermatologists.
We can help you determine your skin type, and recommend the most suitable makeup product for you.
Protect your skin while looking fabulous when you become a BIALife member today!
With love, Janelle & Shasa