What you need to know when shopping for make-up

Oftentimes we spend huge amounts of money on excellent skincare products and aesthetic treatments, but we skimp on good quality make-up. For me the less you spend normally the worse the quality for most things in life and make-up is no exception.

History

Evidence of the use of eye make-up and aromatic ointments has been found in Egyptian tombs dating to 3500 BC. Women and men wanted to enhance their features. Today we still use make-up for the same reason, however we sometimes use it to camouflage an uneven skin colour and hide some facial flaws.  In ancient times many earth materials were used for colour, i.e. most make-up contains artificial colour which could be comedogenic (cause blackheads). A normal/ combination and dry skin type can normally deal with these colours and it seems to not irritate the skin that much, but a sensitive and acne skin will know all about these colours. A sensitive skin will sting and burn and often irritation on the skin will prevent them from using make-up at all. Whereas in an acne skin they will have blackheads appearing where  the specific product was applied. The blackheads can soon change into inflamed pussy pimples (pustules). We often call this ‘cosmetic acne’ and it may take up to 6 months to develop.

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Foundation

Foundation is the last step in your skincare routine and the first step of make-up. For an acne skin a good quality foundation can make all the difference to the ‘look’ and treatment of the breakouts.

I suggest you invest in a foundation  which contains ingredients to protect the skin, i.e. SPF and vitamins. A foundation that doesn’t contain any mineral oil or lanolin as this can lead to breakouts and undersurface congestion. Often a matte foundation can dehydrate the skin leaving you skin tight and dry which only causes the skin to produce  more oil.

Again you pay for what you get and when you visit your aesthetic doctor, chances are he will have a foundation that offers you more than just colour. I have found a fantastic foundation called Oxygenetix, not only has it got an amazing range of colours including the Fitzpatrick 4,5&6 photo-types but  it offers superb coverage making it perfect for hyperpigmented skins as well as Rosacea. What is even more amazing is that it was designed to apply directly to the skin after laser, fillers, botulin toxin injections and chemical peels which makes it possible for the patient to go back to work or attend a function immediately after this procedure. Oxygenetix containsan SPF of 25 and a great combination of ingredients that heal and regenerate the skin.

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Lip colour

Normally the very pink, orange and red colours could cause blackheads on the lip line. These can be removed easily by your professional skin therapist, but cleansing your lips properly can almost prevent this. Also make sure you exfoliate the lips with a gentle enzyme or AHA  exfoliator.  To make your lip colour last longer apply your foundation on the lips. The foundation will also create a barrier between the potential comedogenic lip colour and skin, preventing blackheads.

The natural nude and earthy colours are often less comedogenic, so for a sensitive, oily or acne skin this will be a better option.

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Blusher

Again the more intense the colour the greater the chance of comedone (blackhead) formation. The congestion or breakouts will only be in the areas where you have used the blusher not on any other areas where you did not apply the blusher. Look for ‘lighter’ colours, i.e. light pink or orange.

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This area of the skin is more fragile as the skin is thinner, but due to lack of oil production in this area no breakouts or blackheads can be expected. However with this skin being so thin and drier than other areas of the skin, it could get irritated quickly. The more ‘earthy’, ‘nude’ colours will be less irritating whereas the brighter, intense colours could potentially irritate the skin. Powder eye shadows could potentially dehydrate this area leaving it dry and irritated. This can be prevented by using a good quality eye cream containing silicones which will act as a barrier.

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Hygiene

Don’t share your brushes,  sponges and products with anyone else as this is not healthy for the skin and could lead to breakouts.

Wash your sponges and bushes in warm soapy water weekly, bi- weekly or monthly depending on how often you use it.

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Renew your skin with Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel

The Dermaceutic Cosmo Peel changes people’s lives on a daily basis and I had the great privilege to have one of these peels. This fantastic peel removes all the ugly, damaged skin cells and stimulate new skin cells which results in a younger looking skin. The Cosmo Peel helps improve the skin by removing skin discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles.

The procedure is fairly quick and painless. Normally your medical practitioner will clean your skin and then apply the Cosmo Peel with cotton buds. At this stage you might experience heat on the skin. This peel contains an acid called TCA (Trichloracetic Acid), this acid removes the dead, damaged cells so that new ones can be produced and stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. TCA is layer dependent which results in deeper penetration with more layers applied to your skin. This peel also comes in a variety of strengths which will have different effects on the skin.

Your medical practitioner will leave this peel on your skin and will use a fan to cool your skin as well as dry the product. Once the product has dried your medical practitioner will apply the Cosmo Peel Cream. This cream will soothe your skin on application and contains Hydroxy Acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and some more antioxidants. These ingredients will ensure optimum stimulation and lasting results.

It is recommended that you invest in Dermaceutic home care products to enhance the results prior and after the Cosmo Peel.

My skin looked radiant, had an improved texture, more even skin colour and felt really smooth.

Normally a course of 4 peels are recommended and performed every 2 weeks. You would normally wait 1 month after your course of treatments before you start your monthly maintenance peels.

The Cosmo Peel is recommended for Aging Skin, Dark Spots, Wrinkles, Smoker’s Complexion, Stretch Marks and Acne Scars.

C25 Cream

I use this cream every day as a moisturiser. The C25 Cream is rich in vitamins and in actual fact it contains a cocktail of 25% Vitamin C, A, B5 and E. These vitamins protects your skin against free radicals which normally lead to aging, skin discolouration and sensitivity. Your skin will feel well moisturised although this cream is very light in texture. It is also Paraben and Fragrance free.

Action of Vitamins

  • Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant, it reduces the signs of skin aging by increasing the production of collagen and minimizing the colour/ pigment production.
  • Vitamin A: It improves the structure of the skin and combats the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture and hyperpigmentation.
  • Vitamin B5: Reduces water loss and keeps the skin smooth and elastic due to its moisturizing properties.
  • Vitamin E: Renowned for its antioxidant properties and it combats the signs of photoaging.

The C25 Cream is the perfect travel companion providing your skin with  adequate protection and the active ingredients that can reverse any skin damage.

by Sonette Donker – Skin ID