For a woman, the way she looks after her morning routine sets the tone for the entire day. Women use make up to enhance their natural attributes, but if cosmetics cause their skin to break out, then the whole process is counter-productive. Many large cosmetic lines use harmful chemicals and oils that can irritate the skin and contribute to pimples and other skin problems.
Genuine Oil-Free Cosmetics
It is important to understand that oils are not always bad. However, many oils are detrimental to the skin, especially when combined with other chemicals. Many popular products say 'oil-free' on the label, but many of them simply disguise the use of oils by switching from natural oils to synthetic versions with unrecognisable names. The synthetic oils are actually quite harmful and could cause even greater problems. According to dermatologists, it is the products with 'noncomedogenic' or 'nonacnegenic' on the labels that actually include ingredients that do not clog the pores. Women should look for these terms when shopping for oil-free products.
Cosmetics with SPF Protection
When searching for oil-free cosmetics, it is also a good idea to look for products with SPF protection. This creates a barrier to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. However, it is important to understand that anything below 30 SPF is not very effective as a primary protectant. In those cases, women can pair cosmetics with moisturisers with sunscreen as a base layer. Additionally, not all UV protection is the same. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the two best types. Other forms of UV protection are sometimes actually harmful and trap the radiation under the skin. Product labelling on the makeup lists the specific type of protection.
Low-end and even some high-end cosmetics contain harmful chemicals, and oil-free products may not help much if other ingredients irritate or damage the skin. No regulations are in place to control claims that products are organic, which means consumers need to read product labels and look for ingredients like phthalate, sulphate, paraben, and triclosan. On the other side, they can also look for clearly natural ingredients like Aloe vera and grape seed extract. Names of natural ingredients are generally easy to recognise. If an ingredient sounds like a chemical, it probably is. Mascara, facial cleansers, foundation and many other products are available without chemicals.