We get spots, we cover them with thick, liquid make-up, it blocks our pores and we get more spots, so we cover them again! What else can we do? Mineral make-up is waiting in the wings to treat, cover and heal your acne-prone skin.
I spoke in my acne story about how 3 changes made a big difference and chased away the acne. Switching to mineral make-up was one of those changes. For years I was smearing my chin with thick, studio finish MAC concealer as I tried to cover my spots; blocking my pores, smothering my skin; concealer, oil and dead skin cells mixing and sinking into my pores, breeding bacteria. My chin was awful for years until one day I sort of woke up, researched and never used the concealer again.
Mineral make-up is made up mainly of zinc oxide. An increasingly common ingredient in acne treatments, zinc oxide is a powerful anti-irritant which means it will help to heal any angry, painful spots. It is also an anti-oxidant (more on anti-oxidants soon!) so it'll help protect your skin from sunlight.
When shopping for normal liquid foundations we look for 'oil free' which won't block our pores, here is make-up that achieves all that AND actively helps your skin, calms it, heals it. I've even gone to bed a couple of times in full make-up (our little secret!) with no nasty consequences - although I certainly don't recommend it!
Don't think of mineral make-up as a 'powder'; it is not made of talc and all the other chemicals usually found in powder. It is made of crushed minerals; no oil, lotion, water, no paste-like consistency to mix with sebum and sink into your pores throughout the day - it's 'non-comedogenic' (a fancy term for 'doesn't block pores').
your pores can still be blocked when oil, dead skin cells and pollution are present, but at least you'll know it's not your make-up causing the problems.
If you suffer from blocked pores, acne, blackheads, little bumps, do yourself a favour - throw out the liquid, cakey make-up, stop smearing it over your pores and treat your skin to a veil of healing minerals instead.
|Lilo-Lolo mineral eyeshadows L-R Bronze sparkle, Gold digger and Pink Champagne|
Do a little Google search and find a mineral make-up that might fit you! My brand of choice is Lily-Lolo, an online British brand who ship all over the world, BUAV approved so no cruelty to animals, no testing on animals and fully vegan.
And if you're still unsure or if you've made the switch, find out how to get the best application here; Mineral make-up - application tips.
If there are other brands I don't know about comment below and let me in on the secret!
Ciao for now