In previous posts, I talked a little bit about some of the lifestyle and product changes that helped to get rid of my acne breakouts- I still have an Evening Routine to share with you guys but first I wanted to address one step that is critically important- your makeup!
It is nearly impossible to see improvement in your skin even with the aforementioned modifications in my blog posts, Phase 1 and Phase 2 without addressing the makeup you're putting on your face every morning. So I am excited to share a brand and a product that has been 100% breakout FREE for me- which is huge!!!!!
After I started working to clear my skin I was terrified to put makeup on because I had no idea which things were causing my skin to react adversely. After a lot of trial and error using all the makeup in the world, including but not limited to: all natural makeup like Alima Pure, Mineral makeup such as Bare Minerals, every brand of makeup sold at Whole Foods and even main stream "non-comedogenic" makeup lines like Clinique, I continued to break out. Some of these broke me out worse than others, but every makeup (specifically concealers and foundations) I tried broke me out. After digging a little deeper, I have determined some specific ingredients that trigger acne and breakouts in my skin. Here is a small list of some of the red flag ingredients.
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Bismuth Oxychloride (found in many "mineral" makeups)
- Mica- this is in almost every makeup out there
- Titanium Dioxide (found in many "mineral" makeups)
- Most Essential Oils including Lavender, Citrus etc.
- Parabens of all kinds
- Sulfates of all kinds
- Synthetic Colors
- Products made with nano-particles (that clog up my pores)
So, as you can see, I had a really hard time finding something that didn't irritate my skin. In addition to this, it is important to note that many of the above chemicals induce oxidation and premature aging in your skin- the chemicals in your makeup are absorbed through your skin every day. Many brands boast 'clean' ingredients but slip in irritating emulsifiers and other fillers. In fact, many harmful ingredients in our makeup here in the United States are banned elsewhere in the world due to health risk. With that being said, I am excited to share a brand with you that champions clean, beautiful, irritant free products. Meet, Omiana!
Omiana is a natural makeup and skincare line that focuses on making products that are free of irritants and chemicals. In their own words, "WE OFFER THE BEST ARRAY OF PRODUCTS, FROM TITANIUM DIOXIDE-FREE TO MICA-FREE TO MAKEUP WITHOUT BOTH MICA AND TITANIUM DIOXIDE. ALL PRODUCTS ARE FREE OF TALC, WITHOUT BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, AND CARMINE-FREE."
I am especially fond of their Loose MIneral Powders with just 4 ingredients in these powders it makes it easy to feel great about what you're putting on your face. The consistency is smooth and the coverage is buildable and they offer 28+ shades so that you can find the right one for your skin tone. I actually use a combination of shades (Currently: Gorgeous + Divine) depending on how tan my skin is and I love the ability to customize the color each day. Omiana offers creamy foundations and concealers as well, but I just make my own BB cream with an acne safe moisturizer + my Omiana powders. (Post to come soon on DIY sunscreen and BB Cream for acne prone skin!)
To say I love this brand and their products is an understatement. I used to dread having to put makeup on because it always left my skin in worse shape after wearing it, but this makeup has actually improved the texture of my skin and my skin feels better each time I use it. They have blushes, bronzers and even eye shadows that I can't wait to try!
I hope you love this product as much as I do- it's truly a godsend for those of us with sensitive skin!
Don't take my word for it, go ahead and try it yourself! For the same cost as most chemical filled mineral makeup brands you can purchase Omiana and actually put something on your face that is good for it!