Is Wearing Foundation Makeup Every Day Bad For Your Skin?

is foundation makeup bad for your skin

Updated 11/1/2017. Many women shy away from wearing a full face of makeup every day. They often believe that wearing foundation daily clogs the pores and suffocates the skin and it’s good to let the skin breathe. Sound like you? Continue reading.

Is foundation bad for your skin?

In my profession as an esthetician, my #1 goal is to get my client’s skin clear and be free of blemishes and brown spots so they don’t feel as though they have to hide under makeup. However, I actually encourage all of my clients to never let their skin be bare and some sort of foundation or powder makeup should always be on the skin, day in and day out. Let me explain.

Why you should ALWAYS wear foundation

First, foundation makeup can come in the form of a moisturizing liquid (if your skin is dry and more mature), an oil-free liquid (if your skin is combination to normal) or a powder (if your skin is oily and acne prone). As long as you’re using makeup that’s appropriate for your skin type, you shouldn’t find that it clogs your pores.

Second, when it comes to makeup suffocating the skin and preventing it from “breathing,” the skin does not respirate as our lungs do. So there’s no worry there!

Foundation forms a protective barrier on your skin

The truth is, makeup (appropriate for your skin type) offers a much-needed barrier against harmful UV rays. This serves as an additional barrier, above and beyond your daily sunscreen. (You should always wear sunscreen as your daily moisturizer.) The sun’s UV rays are the #1 cause of skin aging. The top cause is not genetics, smoking, or even really age! The sun is the skin’s WORST enemy. Therefore, foundation makeup or powder will act as an insurance policy to ensure your skin is adequately protected.

Safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays

If your makeup or powder doesn’t indicate an SPF number on the tube or bottle, it’s important to know that you’re still getting protection from daylight. This simply means that your product wasn’t FDA-approved as an official sunscreen. However, most makeup today contains titanium dioxide, which is a proven UV-protective ingredient. Based on these benefits, this is why you really should be using it.

For me, I will wear a mineral powder on my casual days. On days when I’m working and more in the public eye, I’ll use a regular foundation. Either way, I always have something layered on my skin over my sunscreen. Please do your skin a favor and start wearing makeup NOW. It will help your skin age in a smart and healthy way. Remember, it’s much easier to prevent wrinkles then it is to get rid of them once they appear.

Note: Foundation makeup IS NOT a substitute for wearing a sunscreen as your daily moisturizer.

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    I love your posts! Great information. Do you have any favorite powder foundations for us combination/oily gals?

    Posted By: Karen  | 

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    I am olive skinned. I never thought I’d wear foundation, but when I got melasma, during my pregnancy, I started wearing foundation to cover it up. Physical sunscreen left me white, a shy and the chemical ones hurt my eyes and gave me bumps. Finally I found a full cover foundation and have been happy every since. I still wear it 14 years later, even though my melasma is gone. My face, neck and chest are lighter than the rest of my body…foundation works for me.

    Posted By: Maria  | 

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    You’ve just basically said it yourself that all our skin really requires is sunscreen. Foundation is just there for peacock purposes.
    (Not that that’s an inherently bad thing. But we can spell it out for what it is, can we.)

    tl;dr: necessary – sunscreen; definitely not necessary – foundation.

    Posted By: SweetAsHoney  | 

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    I don’t understand this post AT ALL. As a woman, shouldn’t you promote natural beauty, love your skin as-is and what not? UV protection and moisturizing can be done without face paint, can it not? Also about studies, this complete dependence on foundation is a relatively new phenomenon but there are countless studies on the adverse psychological effects of wearing makeup everyday.

    Posted By: Tas  | 

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      My blog is for informational purposes so you need to do what’s right for you.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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