The Best Foundation For Oily Skin: Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation

Best make foundation for extremely oily skinWhen we were creating our Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation we wanted to make sure to keep every skin type in mind. We asked, “what is the best foundation for oily skin?” and “how can we make one makeup that works for oily skin while still being the best foundation for other skin types?”

We think we have figured out the perfect solution to natural makeup for oily skin.

What Does Oily Skin Look Like?

If you’re oily you probably know it, but just in case you’re not sure, this is how we think about it.

The oil slick. A couple of hours after you wash your face, your skin is downright dewy. Your forehead is shiny and your cheeks are tacky to the touch.

Activity increases that shine. You feel sticky, not sweaty, after working out and you have to wash your face right away.

You need to exfoliate regularly. Sometimes skin that’s actually oily can seem dry if there’s too much buildup and the extra sebum gets trapped.

You’re blemish prone. Excess oils can trap and hold gunk that can cause build up and create impurities in the blemish prone skin.

Are you nodding your head right now? Congratulations, you probably have oily skin. You might be working with some impurities now, but you’ll be grateful when you start to show wrinkles much later than your dry skinned friends.

How to Find a Natural Foundation for Oily Skin

If you’re experiencing oily skin it can be really difficult to find the perfect beauty routine, let alone the best foundation. It seems like it either cakes on or slides off. Oil based makeups can make you look even shinier but the wrong kind of powder can highlight large pores or worse, get stuck in them. Here are a few general guidelines to search for in an organic makeup for oily skin.

Light consistency. A heavy foundation, even one made for oiliest of us, can look unnatural and cakey. It can puddle on the skin and wreak havoc with your flawless finish.

Matte finish. Oily skinned people live a life of shine. You don’t want to add to it so finding a foundation that stays matte is crucial for flawless coverage.

Non-clogging. For some people this means oil-free and for others, it means checking out the ingredient list for things that you know might cause a blemish if the natural oils hold onto it for too long.

Targeted ingredients. Look for ingredients that aren’t going to make you oilier over time like natural minerals, hydrators, and herbal infusions that are targeted towards cleansing and balancing.

Enough coverage. This is the real challenge, right? How to get the full coverage you need without having a foundation that’s too heavy.

Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation

Remember how I said that we wanted to create a product that works for all skin types? Well, we did it! The Minerals by Annmarie Multi-Purpose Foundation is a versatile organic mineral makeup that comes in 8 different shades and makes a beautiful nude palette. It’s fine enough to be mixed with your moisturizer and goes on smooth enough to be used as dry.

For oily skin, we like to suggest using the Mineral Foundation as a dry powder! You can watch a video of Carly brushing it on for full coverage here, but there are a couple of great ways to use it as a dry powder rather than a liquid foundation.

After your moisturizer. It might seem counter-intuitive but a lot of people with oily skin do really well with a moisturizer. We suggest working with a moisturizer that helps balance out oiliness over time like our Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin. Apply your regular moisturizer and then brush the Minerals on over top!

After a serum. If you find that you’re just fine without a moisturizer, it’s still good to use a hydrating product because adding more water to your skin will help it be able to absorb your oils better and the consistency of a good serum is perfect for helping you achieve the coverage you’re looking for with our Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation.

Try a setting powder. For people with oily skin that can be difficult to maintain throughout the day, a setting powder helps to reduce the shine and help foundation last longer.

Do you have oily skin? Let us know how you use our Minerals below!

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Choose Your Stress Response

Choose your stress responseby Aviva Romm, MD

You’re probably familiar with the term fight-or-flight. It’s the system of survival responses that automatically kicks in when we’re exposed to a threat. Your heart races, your breathing gets shallow, and you become hyperaware of everything that’s going on around you, your brain scanning for danger, our body waiting to run or pounce. On an evolutionary scale, this is meant to be a short-lived reaction that occurs, say, when you’re running away from a predatory.

What you might not realize is that it’s the same response your brain and body kick into when you’re under chronic stress and overload. In fact a lot of us spend a lot of time in chronic overload, going from one mini-crisis to the next, one never ending to do list item to another, with too little time for rest and repair. We keep up, we push though with coffee, sugar, or other habits, and we try to adapt to the demands of our lives.

There’s some bad news here: over time, we pay the price with our health. Being in chronic survival mode can lead to serious chronic symptoms such as fatigue, poor sleep, stubborn weigh (especially muffin tops and belly fat), poor focus, memory, or work accomplished (“brain fog”), and hormonal imbalances, as well chronic medical problems including metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and autoimmune conditions (for example, Hashimoto’s).

The good news is that the fight or flight mode is not the only one we can use to respond to stress. With a little practice, you can use these techniques to consciously shift your body’s stress response instead into a state that’s calm, secure, and replenished.


We aren’t meant to spend most of our time in overdrive. Part of life necessarily involves replenishing ourselves by getting into a parasympathetic response — what you experience when you nap, get a massage, or lie in shavasana at the end of yoga. This restorative mode helps us recover from the wear and tear of daily life and times of stress.

The problem is that most of us don’t take time to hit the pause button, because we think we can’t — or shouldn’t. But intentionally taking time to recuperate after an unexpected stressful event will lessen its effects. Better yet, we should regularly build this time into our schedules.

Here are a few other ways to shift into “rest and digest” that you can try anytime:

  • Breathe slowly and deeply for three minutes before you jump out of bed in the morning, and before sleep at night.
  • Spend 30 minutes a day in nature.
  • Take a relaxing hot bath in the evening.
  • Attend a yoga class.


There’s a physiological reason it feels so good to call a friend when you’re feeling anxious or down. UCLA researcher Shelley Taylor, PhD, has identified this as the “tend and befriend” stress response.

Along with adrenaline and cortisol, the body produces a small amount of oxytocin in response to a threat. Sometimes called “the cuddle hormone,” oxytocin triggers us to bond with others, which helps us feel safe and settle down.

Shifting into this mode isn’t hard:

  • Do something social — anything that allows you to bond with others. You don’t need to discuss problems to get the benefit of social bonding.
  • Connect with a good friend on the phone or take a walk and talk it out. Studies show that verbalizing our concerns automatically turns off the sympathetic nervous system.


You don’t have to shut down when you feel pressure. It’s possible to open up and use the energy of stress to become more interested in what’s going on. This is called the “excite and delight” response. Because it also involves cortisol and adrenaline, you feel the same level of alertness and awareness as you do in fight or flight. But rather than narrowing your focus, you choose to open up, to be curious.

Marilee Adams, PhD, calls this a “learner mindset.” If you adopt a learner mindset, a challenging situation can become an opportunity to learn or experience something new. If you’re ill, for example, you can view your symptoms as a chance to listen to your body instead of as signs of your demise. Or if someone is being aggressive toward you, you could ask yourself what’s going on with that person, rather than reacting defensively. This might lead to compassion instead of more anger. Curiosity expands your options for how to solve problems — and often resolves them more quickly and easily.

Asking yourself these questions can help you shift into excite-and-delight mode:

  • What’s really happening here?
  • What else might be going on that I’m not seeing?
  • What’s interesting about this situation?

Too often we assume that how we’re “wired” to respond to stress is just “who we are.” But you can actually rewire your brain and with it not only your stress response, but your happiness, success, health, and longevity. You can respond differently to stress, and in this holiday season, and facing the New Year, now’s a great time to start.

About Dr. Aviva Romm

Referred to as “the face of natural medicine in the 21st century” by Prevention Magazine and one of the 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by Mind Body Green, and founding board member of Yale Integrative Medicine, Aviva Romm is a Yale-trained, board-certified MD, midwife, and herbalist with a specialty in women’s health. Her new book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution provides a groundbreaking blueprint for women to take back their health by understanding the Root Causes of imbalance.

Click Here to Get Aviva Romm’s new book The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution.

Do you have a great way to deal with life stressors? Let us know in the comment below. 

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