mattifying primer

Over many eras of makeup fashion, matte skin has gone in and out of vogue.  It’s definitely one of my favorite looks.  Being an artist of the 80s, I absolutely adore a seamless matte complexion with pops of vivid color.   The ongoing problem, however, has always been how to create and sustain such a complexion without completely traumatizing the skin.  This is because traditional mattifying products have typically tended to dehydrate skin and clog pores.

Does Matte Makeup Dry Out Skin?

From the early days of stage makeup where enormous powder puffs full of talc-based powders were pounded onto the skin, anyone who wore it felt the constant yoyo of dry to oily extremes throughout the day.  And the more powder we used, the more our skin rebounded to a shiny, oily state. 

Then in the 80s, some of the biggest makeup brands started launching matte liquid or crèmetopowder foundations and with them, a whole new set of issues began.  When first applied, your face would feel so tight and dry that you’d think it was going to crack off.  Then, halfway through the day, you were shiny and oily again.  It isn’t surprising that such results were the norm of the day considering the technology that we had to work with back then. 

The simple truth is that any product that proposes to create long term mattification using drying ingredients is destined for failure.  This is because the skin is a living breathing organ that can sense when its moisture is being depleted.  Our body’s natural reaction to drying ingredients is to purge oil to compensate for the dryness.  It creates a cycle of oiliness and a need for mattifying that never ends.  But in the process, we always end up clogging the pores and making the complexion look heavy or caky. 

The good news is that our industry has evolved and brands are not only starting to develop new ways to control shine but they’re finding ways to do it without completely trashing the skin.  Of course, its no surprise that jane iredale the original Skincare Makeup has been at the forefront of this movement. 

Mattifying Primer That Controls Shine Without Drying

This year, we’re excited to showcase the latest in matte technology with an extraordinary new primer called Smooth Affair Mattifying.  The really astonishing element of this primer isn’t only how effectively it controls shine.  Its how the formula actually improves skin texture and health while creating the beautiful matte makeup lookwe’ve all been searchingfor. 

The key to Smooth Affair Mattifying Face Primeris its highly effective ingredient list. 

  • We start with Hibiscus Extract which supports the skin’s elasticity and prevents water loss. This compound is also excellent for improving the skin’s natural repair process and giving it a more youthful appearance. 
  • Next we include Rose Geranium Leaf Extract which helps protect and repair the skin from UV damage as well as providing powerful antioxidant protection.
  • But the key ingredient for mattifying is Red Algae extract. Not only does Red Algae help regulate sebum production but it also supports the skin’s natural oil-moisture ratio for a smooth matte appearance. 
  • We also include Titanium Dioxide which helps to create a more flawless finish.

Over and above the therapeutic benefits of the ingredients we do use, this formula also provides excellent wear for people who have sensitivity or reactions to traditional primers because, of course, we leave out all of the top sensitizers that are in traditional primers.  What’s left is performance the likes of which you’ve never seen.  We think you’re really going to love the way it looks and feels on your skin. 

How To Use Smooth Affair Mattifying Face Primer

Our recommendation is to try it under your favorite jane iredale foundation and look at the long-term results. 

Here are some suggested products to combine Smooth Affair Mattifying FacePrimer with:

As the summer months progress and your skin starts to produce more perspiration and sebum, Smooth Affair Mattifying Face Primermay become your favorite new complexion product.  Let us know what you think and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Smooth Affair facial primer and brightener and for oily skin bottles

If you’ve tried our Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, you know how truly amazing it is. Smooth Affair is a skin-quenching primer that prepares your skin so that makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer. The green and white tea leaf extracts help promote anti-aging benefits and work to soothe and calm the skin, while the apple extract works as a skin-smoothing antioxidant that helps maintain the skin’s youthful elasticity. The grapefruit extract promotes luminosity and radiance. All of the amazing ingredients work together to smooth, brighten and nourish your skin while minimizing pores and visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It’s no wonder that Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener won the ALLUREBest of Beauty Award in 2014 and has become one of our top selling products. However, we heard feedback that it wasn’t always the best primer for oily skin, and we love hearing your feedback and helping to create better makeup solutions that work for you, which is why we’re so excited to introduce the all NEW Smooth Affair for Oily Skin in addition to the original Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener. Smooth Affair for Oily Skin uses revolutionary PoreAway technology along with state-of-the-art mineral science that visibly reduces shine and the appearance of pores to create an ideal makeup canvas. The titanium dioxides and iron oxides color spheres are color capsules that adjust to your skins color. Like the original, Smooth Affair for Oily Skin contains grapefruit extract to promote your skins natural radiance and luminosity and apple extract as a skin-smoothing antioxidant to help maintain skin’s youthful elasticity. Together the ingredients help to create a smooth, matte finish for an even skin tone without any added oiliness to your skin. What primer will you try?

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What do you think of when you hear the words, “smooth skin?”

Do you think of skin that is flawless, soft, and radiant?

That’s what most people think about. Smooth skin is pictured as healthy, soft skin that is free of hyperpigmentation, scars, bumps, and other damage.

Very few people, however, get through life without suffering at least some skin damage. If you’re looking at your skin and thinking it’s not as smooth as it could be, read on for tips to improve that situation right away!

What is Smooth Skin?

The easiest way to think of smooth skin is to think of its opposite—rough skin. This is skin that is uneven in texture and appearance and that suffers from fine lines, wrinkles, scars, hyperpigmentation, acne, dryness, flaking, and other symptoms of skin damage.

Several factors can contribute to rough skin, including the following:

  • Aging: As you get older, the cellular turnover rate in your skin slows down. That means that you have fewer young cells rising to dispatch the older cells. Those older cells hang around longer and can build up on the surface of the skin, causing roughness. This buildup not only makes skin look dull but can also clog pores and increase breakouts.
  • Environmental damage: UV rays and pollution generate free radicals—unstable molecules that damage the skin’s outer barrier, triggering premature aging. Without a strong outer barrier, the skin loses moisture more easily, which is why older skin is often dryer skin. Free radicals also damage the fibers in the skin, breaking down the collagen and leading to sagging and wrinkles.
  • Lack of moisture: Rough skin is most clearly linked with dry skin. As the outer barrier breaks down and the skin is unable to hold onto moisture, it becomes dehydrated. This leads to further damage and roughness, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle: Too much stress paired with sleep deprivation and an unhealthy diet can also lead to rough skin. This sort of lifestyle can damage the outer barrier of the skin, causing dryness and increased damage to the collagen and elastin fibers. Smoking makes the situation worse, as it encourages the formation of damaging free radicals, leading to rough skin.
  • Skin conditions: If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, and others, these can be hard on your skin and cause it to become rough as you get older.

Smooth skin, on the other hand, is the opposite of all these things. You know how smooth a baby’s skin is. That’s because it hasn’t yet been damaged by all these factors. With time and simply living life, skin can lose that youthful smoothness and start to appear rough.

5 Wholistic Ways to Get Smooth Skin

You can’t lock yourself away in a dark room to protect your skin from the elements that cause it to become rough. There are steps you can take, though, to get smoother skin, no matter your age or how rough your skin is to begin with.

Exfoliate smooth skin1. Exfoliate Regularly

This is the most popular way to counteract roughness because it works! One of the main factors in creating rough skin is dead cell build-up. Sloughing off those dead skin cells through exfoliation helps clear the way for new, younger skin cells to come forward. After exfoliation, the skin looks and feels smoother. The more often you exfoliate, the more you stimulate cell turnover, potentially speeding it up for the future.

You have to be careful with exfoliation though. If you use the wrong product to shed those dead skin cells, you could make your skin condition worse. Harsh exfoliants with nuts, crystals, or beads can make microscopic scratches in the skin causing inflammation and sometimes encouraging breakouts. These are particularly problematic for those with sensitive skin.

For healthy, smooth skin, choose a gentler exfoliant infused with alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic, salicylic, and malic acids. Use it as often as your skin needs it. If your skin starts getting red or breaking out, most likely you have the wrong product or you’re using it too often. Keep experimenting until you find the right one, then exfoliate at least 1-2 times a week.

2. Moisturize Wisely

Moisturizing is key to keeping your complexion soft and smooth. The most potent ingredients for correcting roughness include peptides and ceramides, as these can penetrate deeply into the skin, providing more lasting moisture, and they also help repair the skin’s outer barrier.

Look too for natural oils that hydrate without clogging pores, aloe to help soothe and calm inflamed skin, and antioxidant ingredients that will help protect the skin from damaging free radicals.

We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion, as both are formulated to help encourage skin repair while leaving behind a soft, smooth appearance.

3. Incorporate Vitamin C Into Your Skin Care Routine

Vitamin C is a star when it comes to repairing skin damage and helping you achieve a brighter, smoother appearance. It is a powerful antioxidant and will help neutralize free radicals before they have a chance to cause damage. It also stimulates collagen production, which can help keep the skin’s structure strong and prevent the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and bagging.

Choose a vitamin C serum and either mix it with your moisturizer or apply it directly before you apply your moisturizer.

4. Protect Your Skin

Since the sun is one of the main contributing factors to skin roughness, it makes sense that protecting your skin from damaging UV rays is wise if you want smoother skin. If you’re worried about getting enough vitamin D in your day, expose other areas of your body (like the arms and legs) to the sun while keeping your face protected.

Choose a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and use it daily. It’s best to avoid chemical sunscreens if you can. (See our post, “Study Finds Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen—How to Choose a Safe Product.”)

5. Live a Healthy Lifestyle

The healthier you are inside, the more youthful and radiant your skin is going to appear. Plus, living a healthy lifestyle gives your skin what it needs to repair itself and appear at its best.

  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep most nights.
  • Manage your stress by engaging in a stress-relieving activity every day.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you live in a dry climate, sleep with a humidifier.
  • Exercise regularly.

Get Your Glow On!

For more help in getting smooth skin, try our Rescue & Glow Kit.This unique collection helps calm, soothe, and heal irritated and sensitive skin, leaving behind a radiant glow. Each product delivers outstanding beauty benefits and proven results, even for the most sensitive skins.

How do you get smooth skin?

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