A while ago, I shared a little discussive piece where I said that the idea that wearing makeup is bad for your skin is a fallacy. It is! It’s nothing to do with the makeup (unless of course, you use a product that is inherently bad or poisonous), but all to do with how you care for your skin after.
Well today, I’m going to propose the notion that wearing base makeup, at minimum, can be good for your skin. No really.
I’m going to tell you this. I never wore makeup or even foundation until I started my first job, in my 20’s. I started life in simpler times, not in the age of selfies and Instagram (thank goodness! LOL!) but even then, I was never very good about wearing base makeup. I just never found the right one as a lot of foundations back then were heavy or oily.
These days however, we are spoilt for choice. There are so many good quality base products out there, that it’s quite easy to find one that suits our skin and preference. And you know what? I’ve realised that wearing base makeup, be it BB creams or CC creams or foundations, can actually be good for our skin.
I know, you’re sitting there raising one brow at me and going “You have to be kidding!” Well, hear me out 🙂
Foundation or BB Cream protects against environmental aggressions
I first realised during one of the hazy days to hit our weather, that wearing makeup was actually helping to protect my skin. If you live or work in a city, you will realise just how much more polluted the air is compared to the countryside. Or, if you live where I do, and have to contend with haze or smog from forest fires in neighbouring countries polluting the air, you will realise just how quickly your skin deteriorates or breaks out.
What I found is that wearing a layer of foundation or BB cream actually helps provide an additional layer of protection to my skin from these aerial pollutants. Think of it, if you will, rather like drawing a veil over your skin.
I first noticed this a couple of years ago, when Malaysia was first blanketed by a thick haze. The air was stifling and it was hard to breathe and my skin on my body would actually itch on exposure to the polluted air. But for some reason, I noticed that I wasn’t breaking out as badly as I did before. My face didn’t itch either, only my arms and legs. And then I noticed that it was because I was wearing foundation or BB Cream in the day.
I’m not saying of course that you should wear it day and night, but in the day, when you are more likely to be exposed to external pollutants and environmental aggressions, a thin layer of base on your face can actually help protect your skin a little better. It helped me, that’s for sure! So, when I’m out on weekends, I put on a thin layer of BB or CC Cream, by way of skin protection, as well as evening out my skintone, so I look human when facing the public LOL 😀
Wearing foundation or BB Cream encourages us to clean skin more thoroughly
Now we all know that wearing makeup means that we have to take it off properly so it doesn’t damage our skin. Most of the time, skin problems associated with makeup are due to improper or insufficient cleansing.
Wearing a little bit of makeup in the form of a face base means that you would therefore be sure to cleanse your skin more thoroughly. While double-cleansing is by now a common concept, I am prone to being a little lazy, if I don’t have anything else on my skin other than skincare. But if I have makeup on, I always make it a point to take it off properly and then double cleanse with either a cleansing oil or cleansing balm, followed by another facial cleanser. I find it satisfying to use my wash cloth to wipe off my cleansing balm and see all that foundation come off LOL! Yes, I’m weird that way 😀
What this does is twofold – it properly removes my makeup, ensuring my skin is clean and breathable, and it ensures that I properly clean off the dirt that may have accumulated during the day.
The first step to healthy skin is to cleanse properly, and when you wear a base, you are more likely to.
Foundation and BB Cream can provide added hydration especially for dry skin
If you have dry or drier skin like I do, I’ve found that while proper skincare is key to keeping skin feeling hydrated through the day, a good foundation or base makeup helps too. This is especially true if you are in an air-conditioned environment all day, which is drying on the skin.
What I find is that when I wear a good base product that isn’t drying on my skin, it can actually make my skin feel more comfortable. This might also be because it is “protecting” my skin in preventing the skin from drying out too quickly. I’m not sure about the science behind it, but from my experience, a good base not only helps you look better, it can actually be “good” for your skin as well!
And there you are, my reasons why I say that wearing a base is actually a good thing for your skin. It not only helps make you look and feel better about yourself, but if used properly and with the right mind-set, it can actually help your skin be healthier too!
Now there’s a good excuse as any to go out and pick up yet another bottle of foundation or BB Cream LOL! 😀
Have you ever thought about this before? Have you ever noticed that wearing base makeup could be good for your skin or that it helps your skin?
For me, the most noticeable positive result is always when the haze season hits, once or twice in a year. It’s an uncomfortable and unhealthy time, with all the particles in the air getting onto the skin, irritating our skin and sinuses. But I’ve also found that I don’t break out as much (touchwood) on periods when I wear makeup as opposed to when I don’t. So that’s my case for wearing a base. Foundation can be good for your skin – who’d have thunk? 😉