Seven Truths About Sweatproof Makeup

Is sweatproof really sweatproof? When it's hot out, or when we're hot, there's no feature more desirable in a makeup. But if you've tried these types of products yourself, you may have been less than satisfied.

Just because a product's label says, sweatproof, it may not mean what you want it to mean. Here are some tips on how to decipher the claims made on labels.

1. Don't believe everything you read.

The terms "waterproof" and "sweatproof" are only regulated by the FDA in relation to over-the-counter sunscreens, not makeup. As a result, most sunscreens have changed their labels to water resistant, instead of waterproof. The fact is, it's extremely hard to formulate a sunscreen to pass the FDA standards for waterproof.

2. Check the label carefully.

Read the small print ingredients and look for silicones like dimethicone, cyclomethicone, and cyclopentasiloxane, and polymers (copolymers and crosspolymers). These chemical are film-forming additives that lock pigments in place.

3. Powders are a different story.

Cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson says, "Powders tend to rely on ingredients that absorb oil, like talc and silica, so they're more sweat resistant than water resistant,"

4. The FTC has your back.

The Federal Trade Commission does regulate the labeling of makeup and the claims made by makeup companies. They differentiate between long-wearing products and water-resistant products. Long-wearing refers to products that last about eight hours, but aren't necessarily water-resistant. Products that are resistant to high humidity and swimming can earn the moniker water-resistant.

5. Primers are preferred.

Instead of investing in a whole new collection of makeup, one piece of advice is to get a great primer with long wearing or water resistant properties.

6. But you don't need two.

Unless you are super-sensitive you should be okay with a facial primer for your face and eyes.

7. Botanicals are a bonus.

A downside to products with water resistant properties is that they can feel heavy. Adding botanticals like, mango-seed butter or coconut water can make a formulation feel lighter, without reducing effectiveness too much. 


August 13, 2016 by Amanda Brown
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