The Regimen

5 Dermatologist-Approved Tips For Living Foundation Free

makeup brushes over mineral powder foundation


Applying foundation is an indispensable part of the daily routine, right? It makes you feel confident, polished, pulled together. But haven’t you imagined what life might be like without this messy, expensive, time-consuming step in your morning prep? What if you could dump this two-faced friend that masks your secrets, while also quietly clogging your pores and undermining your glow? Think of the freedom.  

So what’s stopping you from going au natural? Do you believe that blemish-free, radiantly glowing skin is something achieved only through layers of fluid maxi-coverage or Photoshop?

Maybe what you need is not a bigger makeup drawer, but a better skin care regimen. Your best foundation is healthy skin.



How to replace foundation with your own natural glow

Choose your cleanser carefully. If you’re using bar soap, ditch it. It’s too harsh for your face. Your cleanser should be formulated to effectively rid skin of impurities, dirt, pollutants and oil without drying or irritating. Match the product to your skin type. Is your skin dry? Easily irritated? Acne-prone? Choose accordingly and pay attention to key ingredients.

Don’t skip the toner. Toners are an often overlooked, but essential step in a healthy skin care regimen. Toners remove residual dirt, oil and soap, restore pH balance and aid skin in absorbing additional skin care products. Plus, they’re a refreshing way to rock your routine. In the summer, try keeping your toner in the fridge for a little extra zing.

It’s great to exfoliate. Skin is constantly renewing, sloughing off dead skin cells and replacing them with new ones. But without a little help, the process gets sluggish and skin looks dull. An exfoliating corrective serum speeds up cell turnover, boosts collagen, increases elasticity and helps clear blemishes.

Focus on problem areas. Foundation is designed to conceal. But if the goal is to reveal fresh, radiant skin, then make a plan to target trouble areas with issue-specific treatments. Uneven skin tone or age spots, for example, can be greatly minimized using products containing almond-derived Mandelic Acid, a less irritating AHA that is safe even for darker skin tones. Vivant offers an extensive Mandelic-based range of cleansers, toners and serums.

Make SPF your BFF. By now, news that sun can damage your skin, cause age spots and put you at risk for skin cancer is common knowledge. Make it a habit to protect your face with Vivant’s Day Treatment Lotion SPF 15, a non-comedogenic daily UVA/UVB moisturizer with Zinc Peptide. If you’re planning on being in direct sunlight, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least an SPF 30 all over and reapply frequently if you are in and out of the water or swimming.


On this Resort 2017, influential designers Narciso Rodriguez and Thom Browne wowed the crowd with bold, beautiful, bare-faced models. Proof that clean, fresh-faced, naturally glowing skin is not just healthier, it’s on trend. And, with the right skin care products, it’s also achievable.


Ready to jump on board? Check out Vivant’s Skin Fitness System for a simple start to healthy, glowing, foundationless skin.  

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