Can foundation be good for your skin? [Photo: Getty]
We’re constantly told that make-up is bad for skin, especially if we don’t take our make-up off before bed. Does this mean that we shouldn’t wear it? That’s not an option for many of us.
If you’re not in favour of forgetting foundation, you might be wondering if it’s even possible to find a foundation that does more good for your skin than bad. Well, good news for those of you who just can’t bear to go bare - we’ve found a list of the best bases that actually have skin-loving benefits.
Designed for doctors to use on patients after cosmetic procedures, Oxygenetix is a breakthrough foundation which was made to help heal (and hide) damaged skin. The formula is 85% breathable, with oxygen-enriched and soothing ingredients, almost like a second skin.
Available in 14 shades, it’s not cheap but it does it help to treat skin conditions like rosacea and acne, it’s also water and transfer resistant. It contains Ceravitae™ Complex, a super charged oxygen peptide which promotes collagen cell production and connective tissue growth to repair the skin.
Seventeen On The Spot £6.99
Want clearer skin in 4 weeks? This foundation by high-street brand Seventeen at Boots contains a Skin-Clear Complex containing powerful salicylic acid to help treat skin whilst covering blemishes.
This foundation is a full coverage option for those with problem skin, so make sure you match the colour to your chin first. At only £6.99, it won’t break the bank either and is a good quality option if you’re on a budget .
A one-step complexion perfector, this cream combines the benefits of a sheer foundation with a weightless skin-loving formula. Containing nourishing peptides, vitamins and moisturising compounds, it also uses extract from the exotic sounding wu zhu yu plant.
Over time, this Urban Decay complexion cream improves the look of tone, texture and radiance, as well as immediately covering flaws and making pores appear smaller. It’s also got SPF in it too- a true ‘one and done’ product.
Mineral foundations are renowned for having excellent skincare benefits but you may just prefer to work with a liquid rather than a powder foundation. This Brightening Foundation is mineral foundation and skincare serum all in one product.
Available in 20 shades, it’s super silky and fluid so can be built up into a natural look with adjustable coverage. It also contains a non-chemical SPF20 to prevent further sun-damage and premature ageing of the skin.
If foundation is too heavy for you, try a tinted moisturiser as it will give you just a hint of coverage, whilst evening out your skin tone and making your complexion look smoother.
This oil-free SPF20 moisturiser is both a complexion enhancer and a skincare treatment. It contains mineral pigments to blend into your skin and cover imperfections, alongside grapevine shoot extract which is apparently 62% more effective than Vitamin C.
Lush Jackie Oates £9.95
This colour supplement is ideal for those with pale complexions that are also in need of some soothing. This is more of a colour pigment rather than a foundation and is made with oatmilk as a base, which helps to calm skin down. It’s also got plenty of nurturing shea butter, honey, aloe vera and glycerine to hydrate and even out your skin tone.
Just mix a bit of this in with your moisturiser, adding more depending on coverage requirements. Some also like to apply directly to skin if you need a heavy duty concealer.
Another mineral based make-up formula, this no-parabens treatment foundation effortlessly blends into the skin to create a naturally flawless complexion. The pigments within the formula reflect light and give you a natural looking glow.
You only need a few drops of this radiance boosting fluid to diffuse imperfections and protect the skin with it’s inbuilt SPF30. It’s unlike any foundation you will have tried before, more of a tinted fluid which you’ll hardly feel.
This foundation has been around for years but it’s tried and tested formula is loved worldwide. If you’ve got acne-prone skin that needs smooth coverage as well as skin-clearing benefits.
This Clinique make-up is also oil-free with neutralizing pigments that combat redness. Great if you’re looking for a bit more coverage without blocking your pores further.
Not all BB creams are born equal. This super-luxe, premium BB cream provides natural-looking coverage whilst evening out the skin and minimising imperfections.
Containing powerful antioxidant bio-peptides, the formula also uses adenosine, a yeast-derived ingredient that supports healthy cellular activity to help restore skin elasticity, whilst firming and hydrating the skin. For added sun protection, it also contains Titanium Dioxide for built in UV filters that you don’t need to apply another product for.
So that’s our pick of skin-loving foundations, will you be making any purchases? Could you go without foundation altogether? Tweet us your thoughts @YahooStyleUK.