Foundation is a skin colored makeup applied to the face to create an even, uniform color to the complexion, to cover flaws and, sometimes, to change the natural skin tone.

Do your pores get more noticeable no matter how much powder or foundation you are using? Spots seem to get angrier when you’re trying to conceal them? It’s a cruel irony that the very products you’re using to ‘solve’ or correct your imperfections could be making them worse.
It’s important to treat the underlying blemish problem, don’t just pile makeup on top of skin to hide it. This short-term coping strategy tends to catch up on you eventually and make things worse. Plus you then develop the unhealthy habit of being utterly dependent on makeup.

foundation1Unfortunately we see that oil and emollient-based are the oldest type of make-up and they are still being used. An oil (usually mineral oil) or emollient (such as petrolatum, beeswax, or lanolin) is used as the main ingredient, with pigment added to it. These ingredients will clog your pores. The disadvantage with clogged pores is that you skin can’t breath and when you put your day or night cream on, they won’t make any difference as the product can’t go inside your skin and do the job you want it to do, whether it’s hydration, anti-ageing, balancing, reducing discoloration or excessive oil etc. Why do they still use it? It’s cheap ingredients!

The best test to find out if your foundation will clog your pores is to fill up a glass of water, add ½ teaspoon of your foundation and try to mix it with a fork.
If it looks like chocolate milk, it doesn’t contain these bad ingredients that will stop your skin from breathing.
If you can’t mix if, my advice is to use this foundation as little as possible. It’s ok once as a party foundation, but shouldn’t be a part of your daily routine.

And the scary part is when you put the glass with the bad foundation in the dishwasher and you can clean it during a 2h warm wash. Then you can imagine what it does to the skin.