Need your cosmetics to work overtime? If you want your makeup products to do more than just cover up your skin problems, you'll need to find foundations, primers and concealers with healing and protecting ingredients that'll actually improve your complexion over time. Here are a few things to look for in a makeup that'll do double-duty on your skin's most troublesome issues.
Suffer from acne blemishes and oily skin? You need a foundation that contains salicylic acid, an acne-fighting ingredient trusted by dermatologists. However, salicyclic acid can dry out your skin, so take care to dial back your other anti-acne routines if you plan to start using this kind of makeup and make sure your skin is getting plenty of moisturizer so it won't become flaky and uneven.
If your skin is already dry, skip the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturizer instead. Typically lighter and more sheer than heavy foundation, tinted moisturizers are ideal for evening out skin tone in the hot summer months when a full face of powder seems unbearable. Plus, it'll keep your skin hydrated and healthy no matter what the weather is like!
Finally, don't forget the sunscreen. Sunscreen is crucial to preventing future skin damage, so you should wear it every day – but if you have trouble remembering, pick up an SPF25 or higher foundation (or primer!) so you can condense your beauty routine down by a step.