Beauty Tips

2 Little Known Makeup Tips for Redheads

Tip #1: Caffeine! 

It’s clinically proven that redheads have thinner skin. As a result, we are more prone to getting certain skin issues, such as those pesky dark undereye circles. Dark circles can result from fatigue and lack of sleep, genetic factors, aging or illness.  So how do we fight the darkness?

Caffeine! I’m not talking about your morning cup of joe. I mean topically applying caffeine based creams, or starting your morning off with a little teabagging (sorry I couldn’t help myself).

Okay, here is how it works: When applied topically, caffeine constricts blood vessels which results in reduced puffiness and redness. This makes it ideal for not only treating under eye circles, but facial flushing and rosacea. As mentioned in my previous post, caffeine has even been said to combat the appearance of cellulite.

There are some great creams out there (100% Pure comes to mind), but if you want to try a home remedy: Steep 2 caffeinated tea bags in hot water for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator. Once they are cool, apply them to your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.

Or, for a quick and easy fix, follow our next tip!

Tip #2: Mineral Moisture Tint

With pale skin and freckles, redheads face the challenge of finding a foundation that will provide even coverage without being too heavy. Regular foundations are often too overpowering, not to mention it is difficult to find a color match.

This is where mineral moisture tints come in. This is truly one of the BEST makeup tips for redheads. Mineral moisture tint is meant to be layered, meaning it can go on light and give nice coverage without overpowering your freckles, or heavy if you prefer. Mineral moisture tint also just feels better on your skin. Instead of this layer of cake, that your skin most likely doesn’t need and which only adds to skin issues, it covers up any blemishes while moisturizing.

Added benefit, because it is more sheer in appearance, it is easier to find a color match. All you really need to know is your skin’s undertones!

Give it a try!


Why Mineral Makeup?

The hype surrounding mineral makeup began in the 1970’s after Bare Escentuals launched its first line of loose powders. Dubbed the 'Mineral Revolution’, they claimed that mineral makeup was more ‘natural’ than conventional makeup. Over the last few decades it has continued to gain more and more recognition, with nearly every major cosmetics brand launching it’s own take on mineral makeup. But is there really a difference between traditional cosmetics and mineral makeup? And if so, why should redheads jump on this bandwagon?

What is mineral makeup?  True mineral makeup should contain 100% minerals like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and iron oxide and be free of preservatives and synthetic fragrance. There are some posers out there so you have to be sure to read the ingredients.

Mineral Makeup is good for sensitive skin:  Those with skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or even acne often rely on mineral makeup. Traditional cosmetics contain harsher chemicals that are more likely to irritate the skin. Mineral makeup actually works to soothe and possibly heal problem areas. It is also approved for use when a person’s skin is at its most vulnerable, such as after chemical peels or surgery.

Mineral Makeup provides lightweight coverage:  Both liquid and powder mineral makeup has the ability to provide even coverage without feeling/appearing cakey and heavy. This is particularly important for redheads who boast a thousand and one freckles. Traditional liquid foundation is often so heavy that even a single layer is too much.

Mineral Makeup IS more natural:  Traditional liquid foundation is water-based and therefore must contain a preservative. Without one, it can get contaminated with bacteria. We already discussed two types of preservatives and their negative effects in last weeks blog (parabens and phthalates). True mineral makeup is free of dangerous preservatives. It is also less likely to contain harsh, synthetic chemicals as all of its ingredients are natural occurring.

In short, mineral makeup is worth all the hype- it works well with sensitive skin, it can provide a light, even coverage, and it boasts a list of ingredients to appease even the most hardened of naturalists. If you are looking for a product like this, Redhead Revolution features a mineral moisture tint and a mineral face powder.


Keeping your skin happy and healthy!

Another week has passed and it is time to continue our foray into SKIN! Last week I discussed how to find your skin’s undertones. Knowing whether you have cool, warm or neutral undertones helps determine which foundation/moisture tint will work best with your skin- there is nothing flattering about a cool toned girl wearing a foundation with a yellow base. So follow the tests I laid out and, if you feel the urge to be a rule breaker, eat cheesecake for breakfast.

Now part 2: Keeping your skin happy and healthy!

We are becoming more and more of a health conscious society. Especially when it comes to our cosmetics. Gone are the days when women covered their faces with layer after layer of white lead or face creams loaded with arsenic. I know, it sounds crazy that women used to cover their faces with lead! But it’s true- from the Romans to one of our favs, Queen Elizabeth- lightening one’s complexion with a toxic mixture of egg, powdered eggshells, poppy seeds, white lead, borax and alum was fairly common.

Today we want to know what’s in our products and why. Even if you haven’t done a ton of research, you have a few key-words on your radar of ‘what to avoid.’ I’m going to discuss two of the main offending chemicals and why they should be avoided.

Parabens: Used in foods as well as cosmetics as a preservative. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, makeup, toothpaste, shaving cream, moisturizers and sunscreens.

Parabens are known to be absorbed by the skin and while some are eliminated through your urinary tract- others are retained in plasma. What is potentially worrisome about this is that parabens have shown up in many breast cancer tumors. While there has not been a direct connection between parabens and health effects- they are worth keeping an eye on.

Phthalates: Used as a plasticizer. They primarily show up in nail polish, synthetic fragrance, hair spray and deodorant.

Links have been made between phthalate blood levels and altered thyroid function, breast cancer, ADHD and decreased motor and mental development. While most of the these studies are observational plasticisers are known to have potentially detrimental effects and thus we should limit our exposure to them.