Written by - Ujjvala
Who would like to have a makeup malfunction, especially on a big day? At times, the foundation starts creasing or gets absorbed into the skin and leaves a white-matty finish. That's when primer comes into the picture.
A primer serves as a foundation for the foundation. It doesn't sound obvious, but that is what a primer is in basic terms.
Primers are responsible for keeping your foundation in place all day. They also fill in fine lines and smooth out the irregular texture. It gently applies a smooth layer of protection to your face.
This is so that when you use foundation or powder, it is not absorbed by your skin, increasing the likelihood of pilling.
Some primers contain hydrating ingredients and other skin-nourishing agents.
If you have dry skin, look for primers that contain hyaluronic acid or other moisturising agents because they can hold water 1000 times the cell's capacity.
Similarly, primers can also provide anti-ageing properties.
Yes! That's true.
Ingredients that have anti-ageing properties are incorporated in the primers by profoundly analysing the primary reasons for ageing.
The primary reason for ageing is excessive exposure to the sun that can unknowingly and slowly affect the epidermis. Overexposure to the sun regularly can alter the texture and elasticity of the skin.
Premature deformations, sags and bags, and easy cuts and bruises are all symptoms of sun-damaged skin. Sun exposure may cause up to 90% of the visible changes associated with ageing.
Therefore, what should you look for when choosing a primer?
While looking for primers, search for a combination of antioxidants and spf.
While sunscreens protect skin from the sun by either restricting or reflecting UV rays that can cause sunburn, antioxidants work in a different way.
When our skin is exposed to UV rays, harmful particles known as free radicals are produced. Free radicals are highly active and volatile molecules that can cause a chain reaction of skin inflammation
and injury. This can result in premature skin ageing and even severe skin health problems.
Antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage by helping to neutralise them and thus minimise their detrimental effect.
While eating high-antioxidant foods provides them from within, topical application is the most excellent way to boost their potency in the skin.
Antioxidants within the skin are depleted upon frequent exposure to the sun. Hence they should be packed in opaque containers, instead of transparent.
Many of us tend to neglect applying sunscreen due to its shiny appearance. You can avoid this look by using a powder or compact that provides extra protection to your skin and helps avoid the greasy look.
You should always use an SPF on your skin. It is essential even if it is cloudy or indoors. Because UVA rays are constantly present throughout the day, they slowly penetrate your skin and cause the skin to age.
Also, UV rays from the sun can cause your skin to have an uneven skin tone. Your skin will likely be subjected to UV rays uniformly throughout your body, resulting in uneven skin tone.
Rather than damaging your skin evenly, it is far more beneficial to use sunscreen to avoid damage over time. This results in an even and glowing skin tone.
We suggest you use a primer with anti-ageing ingredients rather than a luxurious primer that only serves the purpose of providing a smooth finish.