In the past, many cosmetic products offered just coverage or color, but today’s products offer real skincare benefits as well. There are many cosmetic products that can enhance your natural beauty while helping to improve your skin’s healthy look, even after you take them off. Read on to learn a few of Dr. Krant’s favorite makeup tips for healthy skin.
Dr. Krant’s first makeup tip for healthy skin is to look for products that contain antioxidants, which can help improve skin texture, tone, and clarity. Antioxidants are the body’s defense mechanism against free radicals, which are very unstable molecules that can react with important cellular components within the skin leading to damage and signs of aging. Free radicals come from many different sources, such as UV exposure, pollution, cigarette smoke, chemicals, etc. Therefore, using cosmetic products with antioxidants can protect your skin and improve its appearance. Antioxidants with the most evidence to support their skin benefits include vitamins C, E, and B3 (niacinamide) because of their ability to penetrate the skin due to their small molecular weight. Furthermore, clinical studies have proven that the antioxidative protection is higher with the combination of vitamins C and E than with the vitamin C or E alone.
If you wear foundation or concealer, Dr. Krant’s next makeup tip for healthy skin is to look for products that contain SPF to protect your skin from the sun. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that even makeup with SPF should not substitute for the use of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day, rain or shine. While makeup with SPF does add a second layer of protection, it is not enough to fully protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. For example, if a powder foundation says SPF 20 on the label, you cannot assume that it will provide you with sun protection like an SPF 20 sunscreen. Why? Because any powder product requires about 14 times the amount of normal powder application to receive the SPF listed on the package. Therefore, a powder with an SPF of 20 is really providing an SPF of about 1.2 with normal use.
Use a gentle makeup remover
Dr. Krant’s final makeup tip for healthy skin is to always remove your makeup before going to bed with a gentle makeup remover so that your skin is left clean. This tip is especially important because sleeping with your makeup on can block pores as well as deprive skin of the oxygen it needs to repair itself overnight. Ultimately, this can leave the skin looking dull and also cause clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts.