A: Cold winter weather leaches humidity from the atmosphere, which is why skin tends to feel dry and tight while you’re outdoors. To create a comfortable temperature, most indoor buildings have central heating, which also removes moisture from the air. You may notice that no matter where you spend most of your time during winter, your skin always feels dry – even if it’s prone to being oily.
As winter approaches, these skin care tips can help your complexion stay in balance:
#1 Rule: Be sure to moisturize!
Nothing sends skin into a frenzy worse than disruption in moisture levels. As skin recognizes its need for hydration, it begins pumping out even more oil than usual. This translates to clogged pores, breakouts, and skin that feels dry but looks extra shiny.
The majority of moisturizers on the market have a tendency to be overly emollient and thick. They rarely absorb fully into skin, leaving behind a sticky film that attracts environmental pollutants and prevents skin from feeling clean. What’s worse, they combine with foundation, forming a sticky mass that gets lodged inside of pores. Hello breakouts!
Those with oily skin should always look for gel or serum moisturizers, which hydrate without contributing to excess oil production. Mattify’s Incredi-Gel and Stop-Zit moisturizers for acne prone oily skin have been formulated especially for those who have had bad experiences with traditional moisturizing products. Their aloe gel base is saturated with essential oils and absorbs within seconds, sending the medicinal properties of these plant oils deep into pores, destroying acne bacteria and balancing oil production – without adding any shine to skin.
Rule #2: Spot Treat!
If you’re using chemical based acne treatments, spot-treat each breakout individually, rather than applying the product to your entire face. Most chemical acne products contain ingredients intended to dry out the breakout - so when they’re applied to your entire face, they can severely dehydrate skin.
Instead, use a face scrub that helps preventing acne in the first place. During your morning and/or evening routine, apply Mattify’s The Exfoliator in slow circular motions, to remove dead skin cells that can trap debris inside of pores.
Once the scrub has been rinsed away, use a face wash that contains Mattify’s Essential Oil Additive Treatment for Acne Prone, Oily Skin. The ingredients in this additive help to balance oil production, rather than stripping skin of moisture, as some harsh soaps can do when used alone.
In a struggle to obtain a harmonious balance, body systems go haywire and hormonal changes can even occur. Excess hormones, combined with body-wide inflammation can trigger breakouts and excess sebum production.
If a breakout is just beginning, the inflamed area expands, as the body’s fight response goes into over drive. Acne bacteria also feed off an acidic environment – turning that tiny breakout into a much larger pustule, that can take weeks to heal.
By controlling inflammation internally, the pH level of blood becomes neutral, disallowing further bacterial growth. This in turn prevents acne, while minimizing swelling of existing breakouts.
Wouldn’t it be nice if fast food restaurants offered fresh green smoothies at the drive-through? Unfortunately, most of them don’t – so if you’re short on time in the morning, blend one of these up at night, and pour into a cup with a lid, so you can drink it the next morning. Simply shake & go!
To create a thick smoothie, mix using a regular blender or a Ninja. For a thinner drink, the fruits & veggies can be pressed through a juicer. You can also sub the ½ cup coconut water with regular water or almond milk. Adjust the amount for desired thickness.
Top with pomegranate, chia or flax seeds for extra nutrition & added crunch!
Summer heat can cause problems when it comes to keeping your makeup looking good! Add oily skin to the mix, and it's a recipe for disaster. Follow these tips to get a perfectly matte look and combat oily skin woes.
# 1) Be sure to use an oil absorbent primer, prior to foundation application! Our Mattify ULTRA Powder works great to absorb oil and protect pores. It can be used before any type of liquid or powder foundation to absorb oil before unsightly shine begins to appear.
*For added staying power on your matte makeup look, try Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray!
Sunscreen is notorious for being thick and heavy – definitely not optimal for those prone to breakouts! If you’re in search of the best sunscreen for acne prone skin & oily skin, try these:
CoTZ - SPF 40 Sunscreen
Neutrogena Clear-Face Liquid Lotion
Hide Those Pores!
If you have large pores and oily skin, it can seem impossible to achieve a flawless look with makeup. Foundation often sinks into pores, accentuating and clogging them, while oily skin causes streaking, caking and fading.
View these 3 simple steps to creating flawless makeup, using primer and blurring powder, in combination with a long lasting foundation designed for your skin type.
Step 1: Apply Primer
Why is Face Primer important to creating a flawless look?
When foundation is applied without primer, it sinks deep into pores and fine lines- rather than skimming over the surface of the skin. This results in a blotchy, uneven complexion, with accentuated pores and likelihood for breakouts. When foundation enters pores, it stretches them out - causing them to look abnormally large. Primer essentially “fills in the gaps”, allowing foundation to look silky smooth.
Oily Skin or Combination: Use a Powder Primer (try Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin). Women with oily skin normally have large pores and suffer from acne. Unlike gel primers, powder primer will not clog pores or cause breakouts. Rather, application of this powder primer actually protects skin from makeup. In addition it absorbs excess oil, to help foundation look smooth and last longer, without creasing or fading. As an added bonus, this specific ULTRA Powder doubles as your Blurring Powder for Step 3 below!
Dry Skin: Use a Silicone Gel Primer (try Benefit’s Porefessional Primer).
Dry skin typically has small pores, but many fine lines. Silicone based primers settle into wrinkles, allowing foundation to skim over the top. Since foundation is essentially banned from seeping into fine lines, they become invisible and skin looks beautifully smooth.
Beware! Remember, if you have large pores, it is safer to use powder primer. Silicone (dimethicone) gel based primers sink deep into pores, and are not easy to remove with routine cleansing. If you do use a gel primer, be sure to thoroughly exfoliate during cleansing, as this helps purge pores of sticky silicone. A peel-off charcoal mask is also helpful - (try Shills Black Peel Off Mask). This draws out impurities, before they lodge deeper into pores & cause breakouts.
Step 2: Apply a Long Lasting Foundation
Selection of long lasting makeup allows foundation to survive the day without fading or rubbing off. This is especially important if you have oily skin, as that skin type tends to dissolve makeup even faster! Drugstore foundations normally last 4-6 hours, while higher end brands can last 6-10 hours.
Which type of foundation is best for my skin type?
Oily Skin or Combination Skin: These skin types work well with matte powder or liquid foundations that are marketed as: Oil Free / Oil Absorbent / or Matte. They often dry to a powdery finish, and contain ingredients that help absorb excess oil throughout the day. Try L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte or Estee Lauder Double Wear.
Acne Prone Skin: If you suffer from breakouts and blackheads, water based foundations work best, as they are unlikely to clog pores. Stay away from any foundations that feel heavy, waxy or thick. Try Tarte Cosmetic’s Rainforest of the Sea or Dinair Glamour Foundation. These two formulas are water-resistant and provide excellent coverage, while feeling feather light on the skin.
Dry skin: Dehydrated skin types fare better with moisturizing foundations, marketed as having a dewy / luminous / or moisturizing finish. Try Maybelline’s Fit Me Dewy & Smooth or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. If your skin is aging and needs a lift, try Estee Lauder Perfectionist. These foundations provide much needed moisture and contain luminizers to brighten up flaky dry skin types.
Step 3 - Apply Blurring Powder
What can blur powder do to help my complexion?
This step allows foundation to look truly flawless! Blurring Powder acts as a soft-focus filter, taking any remaining fine lines or pores, and virtually erasing them. It also sets makeup for long wear!
Oily Skin: The same Powder Primer you used in Step 1 (Mattify ULTRA Powder) also multi-tasks as an oil-absorbent blurring powder. Using a powder puff, pat the ULTRA Powder over your entire face. Blend in circular motions with a fluffy powder brush, to create a flawless complexion. This invisible powder sets makeup in place for long wear, and absorbs unsightly oil for hours. The product is completely matte and does not contain common irritants to oily skin such as mica, bismuth, or pearl powder.
Dry Skin: (try Smashbox Hydrating Powder). Finally, those with dry skin can create a dewy complexion! Using a fluffy powder brush, apply this moisturizing powder in light circular motions until blended. Since the product does have a luminizing sheen, it is best used on dry skin types (because it can make oily skin look oilier).
1) It really is all about that base! Apply a primer before foundation. Using primer before applying any type of makeup will allow the products to stay put on your skin. Dry skin types will do well with gel or cream primers such as Tarte's Clean Slate Primer. Oily skin types will require a powder primer that absorbs oil, like our Mattify Cosmetic's ULTRA Powder. Best of all, ULTRA Powder doubles as a setting powder to help foundation stay fresh for hours.
2) Jump right in! Select waterproof or water-resistant makeup. Look for those words on any type of makeup you purchase for summer. Even if you don't plan to go swimming, this is an important step. Humidity and sweat will cause makeup to smudge and smear. Oily skin makes the problem even worse! Water repellant makeup is much more resistant to any such elements.
3) Ready. Set. Go! Use a makeup setting spray. A few mists of setting spray will give any type of makeup (waterproof or not) extra staying power. Try Ben Nye Final Seal, now available on our Mattify website, or Model in a Bottle Setting Spray, to set everything from eyebrows to lipstick in place. This is a must-have item during hot summer months.
For an added glow, contour and highlight!
Hats off to summer! Highlighting and contouring can help you achieve the perfet complexion. It minimizes a round face and wide nose, so you can put your best face forward. Add a bit of mascara and bronze eye shadow for a low-maintenance, glowing summer look! Click here for more instructions on how to highlight and contour your face.
Don’t be afraid to highlight if you have oily skin! Mattify Cosmetics Strobing Highlighter contains natural ingredients to absorb oil, so you look glowy – not greasy! The most important step in highlighting is to make sure you have a perfectly matte finish before applying highlighter. This ensures your oil-absorbent base will soak up any shine, leaving a subtle glow wherever your illuminator has been applied.
“Get that Glow! Powder Highlighter for Oily Skin” ~ Mattify’s Powder Highlighter, featured on beauty blog www.mybestfriendshair.com. Click the link to discover 4 ways highlighting can uplift your look!