Cosmetics Series: My Favorites: Foundation

I have more that I want to cover with the skin care series, but I want to talk about makeup as well. I have a decent collection myself, and I wanted to start this series with my favorites.

Favorite foundations:

MAC Face and Body

If you are as into makeup as I am, or if makeup is how you make your living, it should not be a surprise that this is at the top of my list of foundations. It gives a sheer coverage that you can build to a medium coverage. It also does not rub off on clothes, making it one of the most popular foundations to use on the body. It is a very liquid formula, and the bottle needs to be shaken before you use it. This is what I use when I want to take selfies when I experiment with makeup looks and I don’t need to go out after I finish, since it doesn’t have an SPF in it. SPF can make your face shiny in photos, so a foundation with no SPF helps me control the shine.

I usually just put some powder on my T zone and leave the rest of my face alone when I wear this if the humidity is bad. If you want a lighter foundation that won’t sweat onto your clothing, this is a safe bet.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50

This is expensive, but it is my favorite tinted moisturizer that actually covers like a foundation. I use this for when I am spending a few hours outdoors when it is sunny and I want to wear makeup with a strong SPF in it. IT Cosmetics also puts anti-aging ingredients into their products, and since I’m 38, that’s a great bonus for me. It is one of two tinted moisturizers that I use that does not make me break out.

Covergirl Smoothers Tinted Lightweight BB Cream

This is the first moisturizer that has SPF I have tried that does not make me breakout. I discovered it way back when I was around 20, and I go back to it over and over. If you are looking for a doupe to the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation tinted moisturizer, this is the closest you are going to get. You can build up the product to a light coverage, it is very moisturizing, has an SPF of 15, and it is what I use when I am out for a long period of time under the sun. I can apply it over and over and since I have rosecea, my cheeks can get pretty red under the sun, and it doesn’t make me break out when I have to reapply it while I am outside. If I am really “out there” under the sun doing anything that makes me sweaty, I use this because it is so cheap and I can use this with waterproof mascara (I also always curl my lashes), my eyebrow pencil, and some sort of lip balm with an SPF in it.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector Tinted Facial Moisturizer and Retinol Treatment with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen with Titanium Dioxide

This is something that I will mix with MAC Face and Body when I am going out and don’t want to wear too much foundation. The extra anti-aging skin care is a bonus.

Kat Von Dee Lock It Tattoo Foundation

This is a foundation that I purchased hoping it would be the best foundation for when it gets really humid during the summer months in New Jersey. It definitely is the most coverage I’ve seen from a foundation. I ordered a shade that was too dark for me and it does not have a SPF so I mix this with a lighter tinted moisturizer I found on Amazon: Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42.

Skin Care Series: Mature Skin: Part One

The number one thing you need to worry about with any skin type is moisture. Those with really oily skin are actually lucky in a way because that excess oil acts as a moisturizer in itself. Someone with really oily skin ages slower than someone like me, who’s skin can get dry to downright dehydrated. Lines, wrinkles, and elasticity are also factors to take into account.

The following ingredients are mostly naturally occurring properties in the skin that you lose more and more with age. There are other topical ingredients that do not occur naturally in one’s skin but are important. If you want to use products to avoid signs of aging instead of going to get a facial or any kind of plastic surgery, here are some tips.

When it comes to moisture, the number one ingredient that I have been using and my mother (who is in her 70’s) that has made a serious difference is hyaluronic acid. Don’t go for those tiny little one ounce dropper bottles that you see being advertised everywhere. You can get 8 oz size bottles of hyaluronic acid for very reasonable prices. I bought this brand because it came with a dropper. I refill the dropper and keep it in my skin care bag.

Retinol is a vitamin that belongs to the Vitamin A category. It smooths whatever wrinkles and fine lines you currently have and minimizes the chance of forming new wrinkles and fine lines. It is considered among all experts to be the most important topical anti-aging ingredient. The higher the dose the better.

Plant Stem Cells “have a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, helping to protect against sun damage and prevent wrinkles, according to dermatologist Dr. Sonoa Au. There is also evidence that stem cells can promote the production of new collagen, which can also make your skin appear more youthful.”

Plant Stem Cells

I use Beauty4Lyfe Apple Stem Cell Serum because it is the only plant stem cell serum that I could find that comes in an 8 oz size.

Vitamin C brightens dark spots and helps protect against sun damage.

“Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that brightens dark spots, smooths fine lines, and, importantly, scavenges free radicals from the environment, pollution, and UV radiation,” Sara Hogan, M.D., dermatologist at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

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Collagen helps your skin from sagging. It is an important ingredient because it helps slow down the signs of aging. It naturally occurs in your body, but as we get older, collagen production decreases. A certain collagen called hydrolyzed collagen is the best topical version. This is an ingredient that you have to keep using, as its effects are temporary. This ingredient seems to work best on dehydrated skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble and are mostly derived from sugary fruits or lactic acid. They help to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin. They also aid in reversing sun damage. If you have mature or sensitive skin, it is better to use this instead of a scrub because it will not be as abrasive. Salicylic acid is the most common and most affordable form of AHA. It exfoliates the skin and helps to prevent acne. Beta hydroxy acids are more efficient in that they get through deeper layers of dry skin and help remove excess sebum from your pores. Poly hydroxy acids are milder, which is good for sensitive skin. PHA’s also help with skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.

Peptides reside in the amino acid category and are considered to be an important ingredient. They help with developing certain proteins in the skin (mainly collagen and elastin).

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