This is the first episode of a series of different “All About”s.
There will be a couple of parts to this one… All About Foundation!
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*The brands I talk about are those that I have personally tried, therefore I can say whether it is good or bad. There are many other good and bad products out there, however because I have not tried them yet, I cannot give my review on them or recommend them to you.* In this part, I answer the following questions. I have almost added the text of what I wrote so you can read it if you like!
10.Why does my foundation make my face look white in pictures?
A commonly used active ingredient in many foundations is zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is basically as the name states it as, the oxide of zinc. It is a white powder that is commonly found in cosmetic products, skin care products, and it is the basis of sunscreen. Zinc oxide is used as an OTC skin protectant and sunscreen agent. Because it is a sunscreen agent, it works in that it reflects and scatters UV radiation. When you take a picture with flash, and are wearing makeup that contains zinc oxide, it will reflect and scatter the light from the flash and thus cause your face to look white. Another active ingredient, titanium dioxide, the oxide of titanium serves the same purpose as zinc oxide in that it acts as a sunscreen protectant. It is also found in many cosmetic products, bath soaps, and powders. Thus, although sunscreen is very good for your skin as it helps prevent sunburn and thus skin cancer, it isnt the best for taking pictures. So, if you plan of taking pictures for an important event, then look for a foundation without these sunscreen agent active ingredients. Or, you can use a powder without any sunscreen agents over your normal foundation which will block them from doing their job and thus no more white face in pictures. But sunscreen and SPF is important for your skin, so if you arent taking pictures that day, its best to go for the SPF!
11. Knowing your skin type.
The first thing you want to know when choosing your foundation is your skin type. There are five different skin types: oily, combination (both oily and dry), dry, sensitive, and sun-damaged. A person can however have a more than one skin type as our skin is never completely even and uniform. A skin test that can be used to determine what type of skin you have was outlined by Rona Berg in her book Beauty about Basics. The test is to wash your face, pat it dry, and then take a lens-cleaning tissue paper and press to different spots on your face. If it sticks everywhere and the paper becomes translucent, your skin is oily. If it sticks to only your t-zone area, you have combination skin. If it doesnt stick or pick up any oil spots, your face is dry. But what does each skin type mean?
•Oily: Shiny, enlarged pores, prone to blemishes and blackheads, possible tightness, Often those who suffer from moderate or severe acne
•Combination: Dryness on the cheeks and more oily in the t-zone area.
•Normal: Medium pores, smooth and even texture, it is the ideal skin type because the skin has a balanced production of oil.
•Sensitive: Thin, delicate, fine pores, flushes easily, prone to broken capillaries, allergic reactions and rashes. A reaction on sensitive skin is often the result of the environment or to products placed on the skin, so sensitive skin can also be oily, combination, normal, or dry. Therefore, sensitive skin tends to be more of a skin condition than a skin type.
•Dry: Feels tight, tendency or fine lines, flaking, and red patches, prone to inflammation or aggravation, skin may be ashy or dull from dead skin build up. However, it may also be a result of cold or dry weather as well as dehydration.
12.Choosing your foundation
Another important part in choosing a foundation is the finding RIGHT COLOUR! So often I see people wearing foundation two times darker than their neck or two times lighter. But yes, it can be total pain to find the perfect one, with so many different choices in foundation (where to begin?) and limited colour choices (uh… only 5 choices in colours?). As well, there are other factors that play large roles in the choosing of the right foundation, so colour choice is not always the main priority for some. Because everyone is born with different complexions and tones and skin colour, it is so hard to find a foundation that will match your coloring perfectly. Unfortunately, with the limited amount of colour choices, often or not, what the manufacturers will mix together and call shade 1 and shade 2, you will be in neither or between. So mixing becomes a great choice. It may take some more time to do so, but by mixing foundations together, you can obtain the right colour for you.
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