Choosing the right Foundation and Mineral Make Up For Oily Skin
If you suffer from oily skin, or have combination skin with a problem T-Zone (shiny forehead, nose and chin), then choosing the right foundation and make up for oily skin will improve your skin’s appearance and reduce the shininess.
To find the perfect make up for oily skin you need to know what to look for and what to avoid, as skin types and complexions vary, so you may need to try out some different foundations and make ups to find the best solution for you.
Make Up for Oily Skin – Choosing the best Foundation
When searching for the right make up for oily skin it is important to follow these simple tips:
- Select foundation designed specifically for oily skin, as this will help control the shininess and reduce the oiliness of your skin.
- Choose a foundation that is one shade lighter than what you’d normally use, as oily skin can darken the foundation during the day.
- Use a matte foundation, as these contain micro sponges and polymers helping to absorb excess oil from your skin, and matte foundations will reduce the shiny areas around your forehead, nose and chin.
- Don’t over apply foundation, as this can clog your pores – use a little and it’ll go a long way.
What to look for in a Mineral Make Up for Oily Skin
For most people with oily skin or a problem T-Zone the recommendation is to use a mineral make up for oily skin, as this helps to absorb oil from your skin and will keep your make up looking fresh for longer.
Mineral Make Up for Oily Skin is available from many different companies, and it’s important to find a product that works well for you and your skin type.
Mineral Make Up for Oily Skin – The good ingredients to look for
When choosing a mineral make up for oily skin, choose one that contains all or some of the following ingredients, which are very good at controlling oily skin:
- Titanium Dioxide – natural sun protector, and helps make up adhere to the skin
- Zinc Oxide – mild anti inflammatory for your skin, good for coverage and helps calm irritated skin
- Kaolin Clay (also known as China Clay) – helps to absorb oil from the skin, and provides a creamy texture and great adhesion when applying the make up
- Calcium Carbonate (also called Marble Dust) – effective at absorbing oils from pores
- Serecite Mica – provides a low lustre and commonly used in mineral make up for oily skin, and it reduces the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores.
- Silica – used as it offers high rates of oil absorption, and lessens oil production when wearing make up. It also reduces the wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines, and is also used hypoallergenic make up.
Make Up for Oily Skin – Ingredients that can cause skin irritation:
If you experience any skin irritation when using mineral make up for oily skin, then check the ingredients for the following:
- Boron Nitride – this is used to help make up adhere to the skin, absorb oil, and helps the make up glide on, however some people can experience skin irritation from this chemical.
- Magnesium Stearate – used to assist make up adhesion, and adds consistency to the make up, although the stearate compound is derived from vegetable oil.
Both of these ingredients are used to help the make up glide on and to improve make up adhesion however they can aggravate some skin types. If you have experienced skin irritation or have sensitive oily skin, try a different mineral make up that contains either less of these ingredients or alternate ingredients.
- Oils and Fragrances – sometimes oils and fragrances are used to scent mineral make up for oily skin, however for those with sensitive skin or allergies to certain oils it is best to avoid these if you have irritated skin. Unscented make up is preferred as you can use your own perfume as and when you choose to, and unscented make up for oily skin is likely to have a longer expiry period.
Mineral Make Up – Chemicals to Avoid
Where possible try to avoid mineral make ups for oily skin that contain:
- Bismuth Oxychloride – This is commonly used to provide a luminosity and sheen to make up, not ideal for oily skin, and it is used in some mineral make ups. Mineral make up containing this chemical often require frequent buffing throughout the day, and overbuffing can cause inflammation of sensitive skin and congested pores which leads to acne and breakouts.
- Crystalline/Amorous Hydrated Silica – this chemical may contain traces of crystalline quartz which is considered to be carcinogenic. The recommendation is to avoid make up containing these chemicals, as there are plenty of alternative mineral make ups for oily skin available which do not contain these chemicals.
Make Up For Oily Skin – Summary
When you have oily skin, or combination skin with a T-Zone, the recommendation is to follow a simple skin care routine and use the right foundation and mineral make up which will control the oiliness and shine.
We all have different skin types and complexions, so don’t be afraid to test out different mineral make up for oily skin, until you find one that suits your skin, your lifestyle and your local climate best.
Many mineral make up companies offer samples or starter packs so you can test the make up first and see the results before buying larger amounts.
This is also a cost effective way to discover what works well for your skin too.
We hope you’ve found these tips and information helpful, and we’re always interested in your feedback.
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