Beauty Q&A

Q Since a primer works by filling in pores, won’t it also clog them?

A Makeup artists love primers, which help create smooth base for cosmetics. However, primers typically contain silicones and oils, which can irritate acne-prone skin when worn on a regular basis, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Francesca Fusco. If you’re a daily user, wash nightly with an exfoliating cleanser to help clean out pores. If breakouts are still a concern, says Fusco, try switching to an oil-free or non-comedogenic primer.

10 Ways to Go From Day to Night

Dew Your Face:
Reverse the effect of that dry office heat by giving yourself a quickie-hydrating facial. Gently press a damp paper towel over your face. Then smear on a little Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 gel. “The hyaluronic acid in the gel binds the water to the skin, plumping it up,” says New York dermatologist Fusco.

Source: InStyle. December, 2011.