The best foundation can both enhance your facial skin as well as protect it. However, those with sensitive skin may find it challenging to find a foundation that won’t both improves their complexion and also doesn’t cause irritation. Thankfully, although many synthetic ingredients found in cosmetics today have the potential to cause a negative reaction to delicate skin, we believe that a little bit of research can go a long way. Check out our list below of the best foundation ingredients for sensitive skin.
So, as far as foundation goes, what are some natural, healthy alternatives to the plethora of chemical-laden, skin-irritating ingredients found in so many cosmetics today?
Aloe – A tropical, succulent plant often used as a healing and moisturizing agent, aloe vera soothes and calms sensitive, acne-prone skin. It’s also filled with a variety of nutrients that benefit the skin. Particularly, aloe contains two hormones, Auxin and Gibberellins, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Mica – A silicate mineral with reflective properties, mica can add natural shimmer to your foundation giving your skin a smooth, dewy appearance. It’s also typically non-irritating, making it a perfect fit for those with sensitive skin.
Jojoba Esters – Known for its skin conditioning abilities, jojoba esters act as an emollient that both conditions skin and soothes it.
Kaolin Clay – Also known as 'china clay', kaolin clay is absorbent without causing extreme dryness and offers excellent coverage properties.
Rice Powder – Appreciated by Asian women for centuries, rice powder helps foundations give a silky, matte finish to the skin. It also provides a measure of defense from the sun's rays.
Iron Oxides – Non-toxic and moisture-resistant, iron oxides are naturally derived, rich pigments which give mineral foundations beautiful colors to match a variety of skin tones.
Zinc Oxide – A familiar ingredient in most diaper ointments, zinc oxide does a superb job at calming red and inflamed skin as well as providing chemical-free sun protection.
Used the world over in skin-care regimens for thousands of years, these natural yet potent ingredients have stood the test of time in proving to be safe, gentle and effective. Not only can they help safeguard sensitive skin from allergic reactions and inflammation, they contribute to keeping it strong, healthy and looking radiant.
Looking for a gentle, non-irritating foundation? Try out our Real Purity Health Glow Cream Foundation, a formula that uses several of these ingredients and is specifically developed to be gentle on skin. Start with a sample size here or check out our Foundation category for a full size.