Monday, February 17, 2014

Be Beautiful

Winter is hellish on the skin, as everyone knows. It’s turned even my skin into a parched, flaking mess. I’ve been going makeup free to spare my skin as much as possible, but the other day I lifted my self-imposed foundation ban and delved into the murky waters of an untested product. The results were very surprising.

You see, my lovelies, I was… horrifically wrong mistaken: products containing mineral oil are not necessarily the spawn of Satan. 

It all started when I washed my face as usual with a Korres cleanser formulated for sensitive skin. I have never had any issues with it before; I hadn’t changed any products. The only difference was I was taking an antibiotic for a throat infection. All of a sudden, my face felt tight and sore, and a patch of skin literally flaked off of my face, leaving red, sensitive skin exposed.

Problem? I had to leave the house, and I will never set foot outside without sunscreen. 

Even bigger problem? Every sunscreen-containing product I owned burned like I’d doused my face with acid. 

Enter Sleek Makeup’s Be Beautiful Blemish Balm.

In desperation, I opened a product I received back in November and hadn’t tried because of one ingredient: mineral oil. But since I was desperate, I tested a small patch on my sore, red face, and… it didn’t burn. 

Not only that, but it matched my pale skin perfectly, the coverage was high enough to conceal my redness, and as the day wore on, so did the BB cream, never creasing, flaking, or caking into dry areas. By the end of the day, I was so relieved to see the faintest hint of a sheen on my nose, meaning the product had kept my poor, dehydrated skin moist.

I’ve been using it daily ever since without seeing a single lumpy, under the skin breakout or increase in blackhead production, both things I’ve blamed on mineral oil in the past.

The skincare community remains divided. Caroline Hirons swears it clogs pores, which the derms over at Paula’s Choice claim “cosmetics-grade mineral oil and petrolatum are considered the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found.” While they also caution against mineral oil if your skin is oily, while mine is parched and flaky, I will cling to my Sleek BB cream and recommend it to every drier-skinned gal I know.


  1. Those happy circumstances are great. Glad you found a product that helped your poor, winter-abused skin.

  2. Thanks! Yeah, who knew I'd ever be so happy to be wrong?