We're often encouraged to have ‘makeup free days’ and ‘let our skin breathe’, however Consultant Dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall on behalf of The Harley Medical Group has spoken out about how wearing makeup can actually benefit the skin.
“I think first of all, it is important not to take the term 'breathe' literally. Advises Dr Hextall. “Our skin does not breathe as such, in fact the top layer of skin contains dead skin cells. The blood supply to the skin brings oxygen. I am not sure going make-up free benefits the skin.”
In fact rather than clogging your pores, many makeup products are now packed with skincare benefits to help improve the condition of the skin. “A lot of makeup now contains active ingredients such as anti-oxidants and sun protection factors that will protect skin from the ageing effects of pollution and sunlight.”
If you have an oily complexion however, Dr Hextall warns of using oil-heavy foundations. “Whilst there is no evidence that make-up exacerbates acne but it makes sense to avoid oil-heavy bases. There are so many clever light-reflective foundations and concealers now that do a much better job of giving the impression of glowing even skin tones, I don't see the need for heavy coverage or using products with lots of oil.”
THREE OF THE BEST SKIN-FRIENDLY MAKEUP BUYS
Manuka Doctor ApiRefine CC Cream SPF20 £19.99, 30ml from Superdrug
A colour correcting cream that works to brighten and smoothe the skins appearance. This hydrating formula combines Organic Cactus Extract to firm and hydrate the skin with a complex mixture of Vitamin C, Zinc and Oleuopein to minimise the appearance of dark spots and even skin tone: Sorhum plant provides an immediate tightening and lifting effect, with proven wrinkle reduction within one hour of application. Available in nude, the Manuka Doctor CC Cream will instantly leave your skin looking nourished, smoothe and rejuvenated.
Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Skin Tone Perfector Light/Rich is £16.50 from Boots
The Hydrance Skin Tone Perfector is a sophisticated formulation that reflects light and blurs imperfections to create a naturally radiant finish whilst maintaining healthy, hydrated skin. A combination of coloured and transparent, light-reflecting, mineral pigments adapt to your skin tone to unify the complexion: Purple reflections enhance overall skin radiance whilst copper reflections counterbalance dark areas such as blemishes and brown spots.
COLLECTION Primed & Ready Powered by Witch Mattifying Pore Minimiser, £4.99 from Boots and Superdrug
In collaboration with skincare brand Witch, COLLECTION introduces the Powered by Witch Mattifying Pore Minimiser. Harnessing Witch Skincare’s naturally balancing Witch Hazel extract; this innovative primer prepares skin for make-up application and helps clear spot-prone complexions. With its smooth formula, the primer glides on to provide the perfect base for foundation, resulting in a mattified, even make-up base that lasts. Pair with the COLLECTION Colour Match Foundation for a healthy, matte complexion.
For more information, visit www.harleymedial.co.uk