Applying makeup on the inflamed skin (rosacea/acne) can be quite tricky, as you risk stinging, itching, further irritation or possible sensitization. While make-up can instantly camouflage flaws and help you skin look better, it’s important to choose cleaner formulas for improved skin health over time.
If you’ve read our Interview with Ms. Leila Breüner Serwin, you know our Pitta Skin Care Regimen can be safely used to treat, maintain and decrease symptoms of Rosacea patients. Following this organic skin care regimen on a daily basis yields great rewards, here are our recommended guidelines for soothing and prepping for makeup on inflamed skin:
Why Drugstore Makeup is Unsuitable for Inflamed Skin..
Drugstore makeup formulas contain chemicals like Phthalates, Lead, PEG, Formaldehydes, Parabens, Octinoxate, Siloxanes, Carbon Black, Artificial Colors, Lakes, Dyes and Synthetic Fragrances, etc. Though each one of us should actually start practicing clean beauty, people with delicate skin types needs extra attention as their skin can be very easily triggered by these inflammation-inducing toxic compounds.
Inflamed skin shows signs of Pitta Dosha (Sensitive, Blemished and Rosacea Skin). Pitta Skin is usually dry/slightly oily with medium pore size, feels warm and has an average, easily irritated skin texture. The skin problem usually worsens with use of allergic chemicals or extreme environmental conditions and is prone to problems like redness, breakouts, freckles and other symptoms of rosacea, psoriasis or eczema.
If you are unsure about your skin condition, take the Dosha Quiz.
Preparing Irritated Skin with Inflammation Prior to Makeup Application – The Organic Way
SBR skin types should always use sensitive-skin friendly formulas. Here’s how to soothe and prep skin before applying natural makeup products:
Step 1: Cleanse
Start by Cleansing your face with SBR Cleanser. The organic facial cleanser is a gentle and effective cleanser that removes deep seated impurities from pores. It is pH balanced and thus helps soothe irritation and keep your skin microbiome in check.
Ingredients like Neem, Helichrysum and Comfrey heals, while cold-pressed oils of Avocado, Grapeseed and various other botanicals keep the skin moist.
Step 2: Hydrate/Tone
Hydrating skin with SBR Toner/Hydrator treats pores and smooth the surface ‘breaks the cellular barrier’ for better absorption of treatments and smoother application of makeup. This hydrator contains healing actives that instantly calm skin and reduces sensitivity.
Step 3: Moisturization & Serum Treatment
Moisturization and Serum treatments defend skin with/without makeup. The combination of peptides, potent antioxidants, hyaluronic acids and organic oils in our BioScience Peptide Complex boost skin health and protect against environmental and free radical damage. Adding our SBR Serum as a final step, with it’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties with botanicals like Neem, Horsetail, Gotu Kola, Sea Buckthorn and Comfrey calms skin and strengthens the skin barrier.
Step 4: Blemish/ Spot Fix
If you’re looking for a product that heals blemishes fast, so that you can start your makeup on a fresh canvas, then this corrective treatment is a great idea. The appearance of any spots, blemishes or sudden acne breakouts can be calmed by applying our On the Spot Blemish Treatment (Day) with Kaolin Clay. It provides natural healing concealer coverage that soothes skin, reduces post-blemish red marks, heals the skin from within, and of course evens out skin tone.
Editors Pro Tip: If you want to get rid of blemishes faster, try our On the Spot Blemish Treatment (Night) with French Green Clay and start to see calming results in less than 30 minutes.
Step 5: Coverage with Mineral-based Sunscreen
Sun can easily trigger inflammation and therefore it is essential to protect your skin with an high quality mineral based SPF. Our Broad Spectrum SunProtect SPF 30+ contains Zinc Oxide minerals (with no nano particles!) that provides complete protection against UV damage under makeup. With its smooth application mineral coverage, and matte finish with zero dryness, our mineral sun protection won’t cast any greasy white sheen.
Follow-up with natural, organic make-up products that contains minimal toxic ingredients and always perform a patch-test before trying any new product.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
- The more chemical ingredients, the higher the likelihood of triggering inflammation in the skin. Always keep it simple and go for minimal make-up.
- Organic, Natural and Mineral-based formulas are a good choice for skin with rosacea/pitta
- Opt for gentle, allergy and fragrance-free formulas for the delicate eye area.
- Always use a ‘CLEAN’ towel, wash cloth, brushes and other makeup tools.
Makeup Removal on Inflamed Skin
Makeup removal and post-makeup skin care is actually the most essential step that people often miss doing properly. Complete makeup removal calms inflammation induced redness and irritation and keeps skin clean and hydrated. Before going to bed, always cleanse all traces of makeup by following a minimal and refreshing organic nightly skin care regimen.