A great foundation does exactly what its name suggests: it evens out your skin tone, hides imperfections, and provides a base upon which you can apply your makeup and look flawless and refreshed. Many mineral foundations have been lauded in recent years for their ability to actually improve skin conditions like acne and rosacea while delivering a much-needed boost of SPF protection. In other words: don’t toss out your foundation just yet.
But there is still one frightening downside to some other types of foundation that needs to be kept in mind: if your foundation contains parabens, it can actually age you — and be dangerous to your skin and health.
Parabens are chemical preservatives that can disrupt your hormones and increase your risk of breast and skin cancer. Many makeup brands continue to produce foundations and other products that contain parabens, which is obviously bad news. In addition to causing adverse hormonal changes, the metylparaben in your foundation can react adversely with UVB rays to cause DNA damage that can not be reversed — and this will, of course, only accelerate the aging process and could leave you with more fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Although less dangerous, another thing to keep in mind is that other ingredients in your foundation — like alcohol and powders that do not contain nourishing minerals — will prove extremely drying to your skin. Over time, using these products can strip your skin of its natural and essential oils, make fine lines more evident, and completely thwart your efforts to get the loveliest skin of your life.
Play it safe by switching to a chemical-free mineral foundation and always carefully checking labels (yes, even on mineral brands) before dropping a dime on them. Your skin will thank you now and in years to come.
For more skincare and makeup tips, check out How to find the perfect shade of foundation online and Once and for all, does foundation clog your pores?
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