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Cover your skin woes and fight ’em, too

You know that old phrase, “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”? Well, even if you’re not a dessert fan, you’ve probably come across instances in life where you wish something could offer you dual benefits.

For me, that something has always been skincare and makeup products. I can pile on all the concealer or foundation I want to cover up my zits and other blemishes, but it’s not going to do anything to actually improve my skin. In fact, most of the time it makes my acne worse!

Fortunately, there are some products on the market today that work double-duty – making your skin look good and feel good – while the makeup is on and well after. First, identify your skin woe – there is probably a product that will hide it for the time being and heal it for the future!

Oy vey, oily skin

Okay, so technically no topical product can get rid of oil, since it is caused by genetics and hormones and is your body’s way of hydrating your skin. However, you may have noticed that when you use super-drying facial products in an effort to soak up all the oil, you actually end up with greasier skin. This is because your body is trying to make up for the dryness and re-balance the moisture of the skin.

Although you can’t “heal” oily skin, moisturizing regularly can keep a healthy balance and prevent the oils from overcompensating. Choose a BB cream that has a matte finish, like Hydroxatone’s Anti-Aging BB Cream. While hiding the grease, this cream hydrates to keep oil in check in the long run!

When acne attacks

Any woman who has ever been plagued with acne will probably tell you concealer is the most valuable item in her makeup bag. Of course, pick the wrong concealer, dab it on your blemish for coverage, and it’s essentially like you’re feeding the zit – it just gets bigger and bigger.

Fortunately, there is concealer with acne-fighting properties. Try bareMinerals Heal & Conceal Acne Treatment & Concealer, a duo that heals acne with ingredients like tea tree oil and 3 percent sulfur to reduce swelling and redness, plus concealer with SPF 20.

Oh so sensitive

If you have sensitive skin, you probably often find yourself piling on the foundation to cover up redness, bumps or other reactions. While the foundation is on there, you may as well be treating the issue at hand, right? Luckily, with the right ingredients in your foundation, you can. Look for ingredients like aloe vera and argan oil, which can heal and repair certain skin woes and calm the skin all over.

Josie Maran’s Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is infused with organic argan oil, which is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids that promote repair and regrowth in the skin. Try to avoid any products with artificial ingredients and chemicals – no matter how well they cover, they can also irritate your skin and make it worse!

Of course, almost all skincare remedies take time. You won’t get clear, oil-free and pimpleless skin overnight, but with vigilant application and care of your skin, you may start seeing some results within a few weeks. With these products, at least you’ll be covered in the meantime!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.