3 Better Ways To Cover Acne & Feel Confident
It wasn’t that long ago that I would never even think of leaving my house without going through my makeup ritual first.
I had so much acne, inflammation and oil on my face that I couldn’t fathom the idea of not covering it up under a layer of foundation. I wouldn’t even go to the corner store without it. Even when I slept over at someone else’s house, I put on my face before leaving the bedroom and eating breakfast with them. And it didn’t stop there – I didn’t wear tank tops ever because I had pimples on my shoulders. Would you believe that the very first time I wore a tank top was just a few years ago?
I felt so inadequate, insecure and disgusting without makeup, sometimes I would even look in the mirror and cry. Wearing makeup really made a difference, made me feel more confident. But I was dependent on it, and I spent a lot of money and time on drugstore products and making my face “perfect.”
And honestly, I didn’t work up the courage to leave my house without makeup on until I had (finally) cleared my skin of acne completely, just a few years ago. I vividly remember the first time I did it: I was walking around outside doing my thang and just kept thinking “OMG OMG OMG, I have no makeup on does anyone notice how do I look what is going to happen next why isn’t the world imploding!?!?”
So I’m not here to tell you what you’ve all heard before: “Stop wearing makeup now because it clogs your pores!” No, most makeup isn’t great for our skin, pores or acne-free dreams, but it can do wonders for our confidence while we try to clear up our face other ways. You feel better with some makeup on. I get it. So did I.
I do believe in following a beauty routine and using products to keep our skin looking great, but let’s use some natural stuff to cover those spots and minimize the artificial ingredients and harsh substances clogging our pores and causing breakouts.
In an effort to convince you of the benefits of natural makeup (and maybe scare you silly,) here is a list of ingredients from a drugstore foundation I used to apply religiously:
- WATER • ISODODECANE • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE • GLYCERIN • CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • PEG-10 DIMETHICONE • METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER • BUTYLENE GLYCO • DIMETHICONE • ISOEICOSANE • DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE • CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE • HEXYL LAURATE • C9-15 FLUOROALCOHOL PHOSPHATE • ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE • DIAZOLIDINYL UREA • METHYLPARABEN • PROPYLPARABEN • TOCOPHEROL • PANTHENOL • ALUMINA • METHICONE
Ummmm what the heck is all this stuff? No idea really, but I do know this stuff isn’t natural (who’s heard of a Disteardimonium Hectorite plant?), is highly processed and toxic to our skin.
Here are three ways to cover your acne with more natural ingredients that will actually feed your skin nutrients, helping to get rid of those pesky pimples!
Option 1: DIY Green Clay Face Powder
This face powder is SO easy to make and OMG you’ll save so much money too! This is the only makeup I use these days – wash, moisturize, powder, done!
Green clay is highly absorbent (goodbye oil!) and full of skin friendly minerals like magnesium, silica, calcium, copper and zinc. It also tightens pores and reduces the appearance of red acne spots (green neutralizes red.) Awesomeness!
Here’s what ya gotta do:
- ½ cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- ½ cup green clay powder
Mix both the powders together until fully combined.
Using a large soft makeup brush, apply all over face (and even your neck and chest if you want.)
But wait! There’s more!
Here are some optional ingredients for the Green Clay Face Powder:
- ¼ teaspoon cocoa powder, nutmeg, ginger or cinnamon
- 5 drops oil such as tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, vitamin E or jojoba
If you’re looking for a bit of a bronzing effect or have darker skin, try adding the cocoa powder or spices to the green clay mixture above. All of them have skin nourishing nutrients, but experiment with the spices – they’re powerful superfoods, and so can potentially irritate the skin.
Once all those ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add some more love to your skin with one of the natural oils. Check out some more cool oils like Myrrh and Neroli from Body Unburdened, and how they can help clear your skin of acne.
The great thing is that you can customize this powder for yourself – just experiment with different combinations until you’ve got just the perfect colour for you.
Bentonite clay can also be used in place of green clay powder, if you don’t have too much redness or inflammation to cover up. Bentonite has a whole host of clear skin benefits, similar to green clay, and also provides a nice matte finish.
Option 2: Mineral Foundation
The bad news is, all liquid foundations contain toxic preservatives to prevent bacteria and mold from taking over. The good news is, you can make your own natural and mineral rich foundation at home!
You’ll just need a couple of ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon natural face lotion (I use Green Beaver, but any natural lotion will do)
- 1 teaspoon mineral makeup (buy some at Well.ca)
Using a small jar or bowl, mix together lotion and mineral makeup until fully combined. Apply to face as you would any other foundation, and voilà! Just give it a few minutes to set. Rinse the jar or bowl and keep it on your washroom counter to use each day for this purpose. Since mineral makeup does not contain preservatives, it will go bad quickly.
Option 3: Water
Yep, that’s it. Water.
Some mornings, I just splash my face with warm water a few times, dry and moisturize. And I actually leave my house like that! I recommend you try it out too – just own it!
But be sure to use a face wash in the evening when you do this (water is great, but not that great!) I’ve used Desert Essence for years and am totally hooked.
The reality is that no one has perfect skin – not even the idealized celebs we’re exposed to everywhere we look. Don’t judge yourself against them because it’s just not a fair comparison; check out this awesome read from Smell The Roses about celebrity culture and the makeup myth.
When we don’t wear a ton of makeup, some imperfections will show through and that’s OK. Really.
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