In the colder months, try makeup that also has skin care benefits
I sometimes wear makeup to cover my breakouts. This only makes me break out more, and, in turn, pile on more makeup. In the winter, when my skin also becomes dry and flaky from the cold and dry air, the situation is exacerbated.
This winter, I’m switching to makeup products — such as foundations, tinted moisturizers, concealers and tinted serums — that are formulated with skin care benefits, including moisturization and acne control. If you can relate to these skin care concerns, we have makeup product suggestions that can help improve your skin rather than strip your skin or dry it out.
How to pick makeup that’s better for your skin
If you want to wear makeup while still getting skin care benefits, look no further than the ingredient list. Hyaluronic acid helps skin retain moisture and helps it stretch and flex to reduce wrinkles and lines. Niacinamide can build keratin, a protein that maintains skin health. Collagen works to maintain skin elasticity, volume and moisture.
For people who are prone to acne breakouts, look for products that are oil-free and those that are noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores. Certain face makeup products contain salicylic acid, which works to clear blemishes, so you can fight breakouts while you conceal them.
Regardless of the season, if you’re spending time outdoors, it’s imperative to apply sun protection to help avoid sunburn and skin damage. (Just ask any dermatologist.) Lots of foundations and tinted moisturizers have SPF protection built right in, making it super easy to protect your skin while wearing makeup.
Other ways to help your skin between makeup applications include properly removing all your makeup before bed and cleansing your skin. You may find it helpful to use pore cleansing and detoxing products such as charcoal-based face masks. Make sure to moisturize after cleansing.
Best face makeup products with skin care benefits
This skin-loving foundation can help conceal, minimize and heal breakouts, blemishes, rashes, acne scars, rosacea and other skin conditions. It uses a unique oxygen complex that stimulates skin cell production and speeds the healing process, plus SPF 25 helps protect from harmful UV rays.
This lightweight, buildable serum provides light-to-medium coverage for a “your skin but better” look. It’s infused with skin care ingredients, including niacinamide, collagen and moisturizing ceramides and hyaluronic acid. There are 30 shades available and it also offers SPF 30 sun protection.
The lightweight tinted radiant-finish serum, available in 30 shades, can help even out skin texture and tone. Plant-based squalane helps the product hydrate and tighten the look of skin without clogging pores. It also has moisture-replenishing hyaluronic acid, and the zinc-based product offers SPF 40 protection.
If you’re prone to breakouts, this oil-free foundation is worth a try. The long-wearing, buildable product provides medium coverage without ever looking cakey. It’s great for blending and layering since it sits seamlessly on the skin. A bonus for travelers: It comes in full (1 ounce) and mini (0.6 ounces) sizes.
The full-coverage product, which comes in 35 shades, can be used to highlight, contour and conceal. It has ingredients, such as coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid, which work to hydrate skin and give it a smoother appearance.
If you have acne flare-ups, consider this aloe vera-based foundation, which can actually help clear acne rather than cause it. The breathable foundation contains 2% salicylic acid, which works to clear blemishes fast. It’s safe and soothing for sensitive skin.
The lightweight and silky-feeling product blends well and provides buildable coverage. The hydrating formula includes hyaluronic acid, olive-derived squalene and mineral-based sunscreen to protect your skin. It has a dewy finish that never looks cakey or dry.
This oil-free, medium-coverage, long-wearing liquid foundation comes in 35 shades. It contains coconut water to replenish your skin’s moisture levels, hydrating hyaluronic acid and alpine rose, which promotes skin resilience.
The reason this product maintains a strong fan base is that it’s very spreadable and blends seamlessly into skin, leaving a natural-looking finish that helps even skin tone and provides radiance.
The budget-friendly drugstore product melts right into skin as it provides lightweight and sheer coverage. It’s water-infused and contains soothing aloe vera. The oil-free, noncomedogenic formula is great for people with skin prone to acne. It’s available in 12 shades.
With skin-boosting benefits, including niacinamide, eye peptides and tea leaf caffeine, Tula’s 20-shade concealer helps to instantly mask dark circles and discoloration while brightening the appearance of skin over time. It has medium-to-full coverage and provides up to 16 hours of wear.
Worth checking out
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free Natural Skin Perfector SPF 20 offers light coverage and a matte finish.
- For a hydrating, hyaluronic acid-packed foundation, try IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare.
- Before foundation application, prime your skin with the oil-free ILIA True Skin Radiant Priming Serum, which contains beta glucan to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Hourglass Veil Soft Focus Setting Spray helps set your makeup while hydrating skin.
- Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation is an oil-free powder that comes in a whopping 50 shades.
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