Skin sensitivities can vary a lot from person to person, and their causes are often very hard to pin down. That’s why it can be difficult to know when a formulation that claims to be made just for your skin’s type and sensitivity level is actually going to deliver. Luckily, there are a few strategies you can use to narrow the search down. If your skin sensitivity is light enough, sticking to these options might be all you need to do to enjoy foundation, concealer, and color correction that also soothes your skin and supports its health.
Before Picking a Foundation
The first step is to assess whether or not the foundation will actually be your base level cosmetic. For many women, a couple of layers can easily go down before the first application of foundation of any kind. These can include color correction powders, concealers, and even facial primers. If you are trying to make sure that your makeup does not trigger skin sensitivity, it is important to bring these products along and to test them out as well. If you’re already using them, they represent variables that might actually be the trigger for your sensitivity. If you’re not using them already, then they represent possible ways to support your skin and to make it easier to enjoy makeup on a daily basis.
How to Avoid Triggering Skin Sensitivity
There are a few steps to take with any product, whether it is your foundation or a support cosmetic, when you need to find the right choice for your skin.
1. Start by narrowing it down to just the natural, mineral-based cosmetics. That way, you avoid any artificial chemicals that might trigger sensitivity.
2. Remember, not all mineral-based cosmetics are built the same, and investigate different mineral preparations to see if there are some that work better for you than others.
3. Know your skin type. Working with mineral foundations doesn’t mean you are stuck with a particular type or finish. Finding the right choice, whether it is cream, liquid powder, powder, or a layered combination is important. So is finding the formulation that takes into account your skin’s relative oiliness or dryness.
4. Look for SPF-rated choices. It can be difficult to apply sunscreen over makeup without causing unforeseen reactions for sensitive skin, so reduce your need to combine products by finding the mineral foundation with an SPF rating you are comfortable with. Many leading brands wind up with an SPF of 15 by default, and more powerful formulations are out there.
5. Incorporate a compatible cleanser, and remember not to wear your makeup longer than you need to. That way, you can give your skin a chance to rest between applications, helping to minimize the likelihood of any reactions
The same process should apply to your color correction layer, your primer, or any other support products that you rely on to make your foundation work, because they are the products that your skin has the most direct exposure to and contact with. Making sure all of them work together to support your skin type and sensitivity level is essential to putting your best face forward.