Brushes, Blushes and Acne: A Primer In DIY Blush

April 30, 2018

So you’ve fixed your skin care routine and you’ve cleaned your brushes but you’re still experiencing breakouts. Your foundation and primer is oil free and yet, every time you apply your makeup, you seem to start to get acne but you can always try a face wash for acne prone skin.

Well, it may be due to your blush…Blushes instantly wake up the face, give you a glow and can exist with nothing else on the face.

But here are a few things about blush. Few blushes are labeled as noncomedogenic, that is, they won’t block your pores and cause acne. 

Blushes and bronzers contain talc. This is an ingredient you want to avoid, as it clogs the skin and causes acne. Talc combines with sebum and oil in the pores. Once clogged they act as a base for bacteria and grime leading to breakouts.

The red dye in your blush may also come from coal tar which also has a similar effect. It has been shown to be comedogenic.

Bronzers contain ingredients that hold the entire product together and make it spreadable. You’re better off using a bronzer from a mineral line instead, as these don’t tend to cause acne.

Also, if your are real DIY,  make your own blush at home from natural ingredients such as:

Beetroot powder: We all know the rich red hue that comes from beets. Turns out this tuber is not just for coloring up your salads but can be used for adding color to your cheeks as well. In addition to that, it is rich in folate and helps the skin repair itself.

Cocoa powder: Cocoa has anti-oxidant properties and is very useful as a blush for its deep brown tint. For cosmetic purposes, use the best variety of cocoa available.

Hibiscus powder: This is a vibrant flower that comes in shades of yellow, red and pink. Its color can even out skin tone and increase the elasticity of the skin. This can also be used for the brighter shades of blush.

Arrowroot powder: This is a cream/red tuber and the root can be ground into a powder which can be used as a blush. It absorbs very easily into the skin and can also thicken your blush to some extent.

How to make your own DIY blush?

There are many guides out there for store bought blushes. But for DIY blushes you will have to mix and try various shades to match your skin tone. You can experiment with the colors until you find the right mix.

To start with, you must use ½ tsp of arrowroot powder. This acts as a base but is also the lightening agent. The more of this powder you use, the softer the shade of your blush turns.

Pink blush

Mix together in a bowl, ½ tsp of hibiscus powder, beet powder, arrowroot powder and cocoa powder. Blend and test on your face. This usually results in a warm pink tone that goes well with olive and medium tan complexions.

Red blush

For this shade, you can mix ½ tsp of hibiscus, beet and arrowroot powders. Combine for a deep red shade that goes with light and dark complexions.

Peach shade

For this barely-there makeup, you may want to add ½ tsp of arrowroot powder and beet powder. If you have peach petal available, then you can grind it down and add ½ tsp to the mix for a pretty, dewy, peach shade.

You can make small batches of these and store them in an airtight lid. Every time you use a brush to pick up the product, you add your skin cells and oils to the jar or container that stores them. Since these are natural products with no preservatives in them, they will last a few weeks.

It’s easy to make your own makeup at home, and blush seems to be the easiest. For those with continuous acne problems and frequent breakouts, you may want to watch the ingredients of your blush. If they contain coal tar, lanolin or other comedogenic ingredients, you may want to put them back on the shelf.

Look for noncomedogenic labels or you could try and make your own blush at home, using the ingredients we suggested. If you’re bold, you can even add turmeric or lemon powder to your mix. Try our DIY blushes and let us know how they work out for you!

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