Plastic Surgery, Beauty, Skin Care Message Boards & Blogs
Our message boards are for all of us who want to talk, listen, share, and support fellow women and men interested in discussing plastic surgery, beauty treatments, pregnancy, gynecological concerns, aging, and various health conditions. You can read messages without logging in. To post a message, please log in or register. It's free...and being a member gives you access to important information. By using the Message Boards, you agree to the Message Boards Policies.
What exactly is a primer??? Does it just slick down the flakes?? Does it have a color?? What was the cost? my skin is normal/dry as well.....I'm on week 13...I flake a lot around my nose, the corners of my mouth and chin....not anywhere else...
gaflower wrote:What exactly is a primer??? Does it just slick down the flakes?? Does it have a color?? What was the cost?
I sometimes use smashbox primer. I don't apply it to my whole face, just any trouble areas. Here's a writeup on it from smashbox.com:
Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Create the perfect canvas for foundation application with our best-selling PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER. With grapeseed extract to soothe and protect skin, this colorless formula fills in fine lines and pores to help skin appear visibly softer with a smooth velvet finish. Use after moisturizer and before foundation for complexion perfection.
tip: Smooth on a layer of primer after you apply your daily moisturizer, or onto clean skin. Concentrate on areas that are deeply lined and/or rough in texture. PHOTO FINISH is great to use under the eye, it helps concealer glide on and stay put, it also prevents foundation from ever looking dry and patchy. Follow with your favorite FOUNDATION.
I flake in exactly the same places as you except the skin around my mouth turns red when it's really irritated - I call it the "Homer Simpson." The primer I bought is made out of silicone (I think most primers are). It’s a white, light lotion that goes on clear. It’s almost like the silicone “coats” the skin making it soft and even in texture. I can’t tell that there’s anything on my face until I apply mineral makeup and then I only know that it’s there because the MMU actually looks good. So far I haven’t had any breakouts but I’ve also been good about using a makeup remover before I cleanse. I paid $20.00 for it at Nordstrom. I use 1-2 pumps for my entire face. I was told that using anymore is counterproductive and will make your face look shiny. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Bareminerals and Smashbox but no retailers in my area carry them so I opted for the MAC.
Now dig this…my aunt is a beauty expert (even looks like one) who spares no expense on things and has tried the best of the best. I asked her what exactly primers were made of so that I could answer your question. She told me that she’s tried them all and one that ranks at the top of her list is Monistat. YES that Monistat!!!!! I guess it’s not just for yeast infections anymore. She said it’s made to soothe chaffed skin, non-irritating, safe to put on your face and cheap, cheap, cheap!! I’m going to ask her more about it tomorrow because when she told me this today all I could do was stare at her in horror. I even asked her in front of my sweet grandma where she comes up with this sh**! My grandma said, "no kidding." I can’t decide if I should shake her hand or be very, very afraid. I’ll let you know soon.
To funny...I just want to know what actually led to to put this product on her face in the first place???!!!!!! I am tempted to try it as I have a small tube....and no primer.....but I too am afraid .......Thanks for the info.
I wouldn't put this on my face!!!!
http://www.rxmed.com/b.main/b2.pharmace ... raphs-%20M)/MONISTAT.html The doc I work with said it can kill beneficial elements on your skin if used off label and can be an irritant. Monistat doesn't even contain silicone (if you look at the incredients list)....It is in a hydrogenated vegetable oil base...so why not just put vegetable oil on your face? That would be even cheaper!
Yes, most primers are silicone (dimethicone) based. Some things that can be substituted for primer (safely) are : FrizzEase and other hair smoothing preparations... and Biosilk (even states that on the packaging).
I called my aunt after reading the post from “Lookin Up” to tell her that she was crazy scary particularly considering that she's a physician and she should know better. She stands by her claim but pointed out that she was referring to Monistat’s chafing relief powder gel, NOT the regular Monistat (which is an anti-fungal medication and yes would be extremely stupid to put on the face). She said the ingredients in the gel are very similar to those in primers and it comes down to a matter of personal preference. She told me to go look it up if I didn’t believe her…so I did.
My bad, my bad, my bad!!! She was right and I called her back to apologize. I'm just not into this make-up and skincare hubub but I'm learning. I also googled “Monistat as a foundation primer” and found tons of posts from others who are already know about this little tip and are using it. Eeek! I’m still not sure if I’m ready to make the leap from cream for private parts to primer for face.
I have often read on these sites that the baby rash cream is great for the face. I believe it was the Zinc in it and it calmed down the skin after the Obagi products were creating havoc with the skin. There isn't to much of a difference. One is for a baby's butt---the other for------you know!
I think that the Frizz Ease and hair dimethicone defrizzers are still less expensive in the long run, though. (Someone who reviewed the monistat said that they changed the formula and it is more sticky and wears off more quickly than before).
And you can call your aunt and blame me for focusing in on the wrong product! Sorry! (Hopefully the link for the free sample will serve as my repentence!)
Ok, one more idea about application, messiness, coverage, etc. I had forgotten that I owned a brush with a refillable barrel, where you can just pour the minerals in. Here's a link from one seller--but I'm sure you can get it elsewhere. http://www.aromaleigh.com/hanrefsabmin.html At least this way is neater and there is more control because you're not balancing jars. You can control the amount the you wish to apply this way, too. Even if you decide that you don't like this method, at least it's neater and easier when dealing with all those small sample jars and bags.
Information and services provided through Make Me Heal and this Site are intended for educational and informational purposes and are not a substitute for the advice of your physician or other medical professional. If you need medical assistance, you should contact your medical care provider. For more information, please read Our Policies.