Makeup primers are gaining popularity in skin care, but with so many brands at various prices, is it really worth the extra money? Companies promote primers as providing a layer between skin and foundation to create an even surface when applying makeup.
Primers are also advertised as giving users a more youthful appearance and helping makeup last over the course of a busy day. People with very oily skin or scarring from acne are said to benefit from primer use.
Don’t believe all the hype and do research before choosing to invest in a primer. It’s concerning to read the list of ingredients, often two dozen or more, contained in these products. Primers contain several synthetic chemicals that have the potential to harm damaged or injured skin. These ingredients can cause contact allergies. They also have various parabens that mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone system disruptors. Prices ranging from $10 to $50 can also get expensive.
If the idea behind makeup primers is to give you a more even skin tone for better makeup application, then using a quality soy based moisturizer serves the same purpose, is a better value, and delivers more natural and safe ingredients to your skin.
Soy based moisturizers are beneficial for all skin types, even those with problem areas. They also reduce blotchiness and discoloration, enhance skin elasticity, and combat signs of aging with antioxidants. Makeup primers can’t do all of this and can actually contribute to oily skin problems.
So, skip the expensive primer before applying makeup. Instead, use a soy based moisturizer to help create a more even skin surface. It’s recommended to let it soak into your skin for up to five minutes before applying foundation. Another great benefit of using a soy based moisturizer is that you don’t need a lot of it to reap the reward of younger looking and healthy skin.