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Milk of Magnesia as a Makeup Primer?

Milk of Magnesia as a Makeup Primer?

A lovely lady here on BB (Ayanda aka ZaShandu) gave me the advice to use Milk of Magnesia as a makeup primer. I purchased it and tried it for a few days. Ayanda said a makeup artist gave her this advice. Who does not want a smoother canvas to paint a picture on, right?

So let's get started. Here are my findings and a few facts.

How I experienced it

My face tends to get oily during the day and no matter how many times I apply powder or blot, I still shine bright like a diamond. I have used it now for two days after I moisturised and before I applied my foundation. Upon application, it feels like my skin pulls a little bit at first. My foundation applies smoothly and it gives me a wonderful matte look throughout the day. It works. Also I my skin looks very flawless, as if I had applied a primer.

The PH Scale

We all know the PH Scale, right? Well to recap from points 0-6 it is an acid base, 7 is neutral and from 8-12 is an alkalic base. The skin's PH is 5.5 most of the times. A little more acid than alkalic. (Bear with me please, as I do have a point, hehe)

 

The Cons

So, our skin has a PH of 5.5. What is milk of Magnesia used for? It is an antacid, which means that it is very alkalic because it works to combat the acid in the stomach. So much that it has a PH level of 10.5. 

Yes, that can be detramental to the skin. Our stomachs are made to handle different PH levels which varies widely, but our skin is unfortunately not made that way. 

With such a high alkalic level it can destroy the skin over time, from dryness, to eczema to dermatitis. It also messes up the skin's natural rhythm which can cause the skin to produce more oil to make up for the oil lost instantly by applying this product.

The Pros

Because of the high PH level, it definitely does a great job of getting rid of oil instantly. And it can prevent future breakouts because it does not give the skin time to produce oil. It works great as a primer. It is affordable and certainly easy to come by.

So with all of the facts in front of me, what am I to do? I am really between a rock and a hard place at the moment.

What do you guys think? Any thoughts?

Do I use it only to risk throwing out my skin's natural clock and causing problems for my skin in future, or do I reap the benefits of having a lovely matte skin that stays in place the whole day?

 

 

 

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