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Conceal Age Spots, Eyebags, and More with a Make-Up Regimen for Flawless Skin

Updated on May 9, 2013
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Make-up is like a woman's best friend. It covers and conceals all the flaws brought on by acne breakouts, aging, and lack of sleep. However, ironically enough, the older we get, the harder it is to make make-up appear smooth and flawless. The skin's progressively lacking hydration, slowed collagen production, and fat loss create ridges and roughness. In addition, we tend to get less sleep, endure more stress, take on new allergies, and need more caffeine, which all enhance dark circles.

Furthermore, as we succumb to the effects of sun exposure, we see our pigmentation go from smooth to blotchy. These dark brown age spots become an obstacle for any make-up routine. And all of that is not to mention the occasional pimple, which also requires concealment.

A Good Make-Up Regimen Starts Before the Make-Up

Due to the fact that skin gradually becomes drier, thinner, and develops wrinkles, smoothing on a foundation without getting a cakey look can be difficult. So it is important to start by hydrating the skin. Wash your face with a moisturizing cleanser twice per day, and exfoliate weekly. Follow this routine with a drop of moisturizing face lotion while your face is still damp. Try to find products that contain antioxidants, vitamins, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, humectants like glycerin, and SPF. This will help promote cell turnover, sweeping away debris, refining the skin, and locking in moisture. The SPF helps prevent the formation of wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles.

Use a Primer Prior to Your Make-Up

Primer is used to fill in the cracks and crevices in your skin so the make-up doesn't get caught there. This would end up highlighting fine lines and wrinkles, which defeats the whole purpose! Using a good primer also makes all make-up application spread smoother and more evenly. Find a product that is infused with some of the same good stuff in your face wash and moisturizer; especially antioxidants.

Conceal Age Spots, Eyebags etc With a Healthy Concealer and Foundation

We are often very careful about reading the labels on personal care products that wash, shampoo, condition, and moisturize. But we forget to take the same caution with cosmetics. For example, a dangerous humectant called mineral oil is found in many of the above-mentioned personal care products, including foundations and concealers. Mineral oil builds up on the skin and coats it like plastic wrap, which prevents healthy, normal functioning. Talc is another additive that actually highlights fine lines and clogs pores. There are more harmful additives to look out for and healthy ones to make sure your make-up brand uses. A couple of the good ones are vitamin E and soy.

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