When we think of a basic skincare routine, most would assume the fairly established steps of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. A majority wouldn’t even consider foundation as part of their skincare regimen due to the common misconception that wearing foundation on a daily basis can clog pores and age skin faster.
And so to debunk the misconception—wearing foundation isn’t bad for the skin at all! It actually provides an additional physical barrier against the sun, pollution, and free radical damage. This helps keep the skin looking youthful and radiant by defending against premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and sunburns!
Additionally, incorporating foundation as the last step of your daily morning routine keeps the skin safe from damage that may be caused by added sensitivity from using “active” skincare (meaning more targeted to specific skin concerns), such as potent vitamin C serums and niacinamide.
What Foundation is Best for Your Skin?
As with most things, the potential harm of foundation depends on the ingredients it contains. One thing to note is that foundation should not include ingredients that occlude the skin. Make sure to do your research and stick with products that are skin-safe—meaning non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), non-acnegenic (doesn’t cause breakouts), and hypoallergenic (doesn’t trigger allergic reactions). Ellana’s foundations contain a combination of mineral and botanical skincare ingredients, and are free of cheap fillers and potential carcinogens like talc and asbestos—making it a great option, especially for those with delicate skin. Mineral foundation provides long-lasting coverage that's lightweight, sweat-resistant, and water-resistant, and also makes your skin better over time.
Choosing the right type of foundation for your skin type is also key. For example, those who have oily and acne-prone skin should stay away from heavy, oil-based foundations that may potentially clog pores and cause breakouts. Those with oily or combination skin can benefit from Ellana's Loose Mineral Foundation, which helps control sebum production, while dry skin types can opt to use a hydrating primer, map foundation only in areas that need it, and set with a hydrating spray for a more dewy finish.
Lastly, any makeup product can be harmful to the skin if not properly removed at the end of the day. Always make sure to use a proper makeup remover and facial cleanser to get rid of all traces of foundation. Don't forget to also clean your foundation brushes after each use, and store in a safe and dry place.