I am 48 years old. Although I did experiment with foundations as a teen, I have never really been one to wear any type of base or foundation makeup. As hopefully evidenced by my skin in the accompanying image, I think I made the right decision there.
Simplicity is best
Many people overcompensate in an effort to have beautiful skin. This can actually make matters worse. Harsh cleansers and makeups actually do far more harm than good. Although I do use mild cleansers, and even facial masks on occasion, I have found my face loves it most when I simply wash it several times a day with water. No soap, no nothing, just plain water.
Afterward, at least once daily, I use Vaseline to hold in the moisture that skin can lose over time. It is an excellent alternative to expensive commercial moisturizers, which can be filled with chemicals your skin does not need. I like to use Vaseline at night before I go to bed. In the morning I always make sure to wash it off, because any thick oil based substance can clog pores if left on too long.
Though I do wear makeup en mass in my work as a haunt actor, I never wear foundations of any kind on a daily basis. I believe my skin is far healthier because of this. We, as women, have a tendency to cake foundation on in an effort to hide some small blemish, or even out our complexion, but this is really the opposite of what we should be doing, and only worsens any imperfections we see.
Extra help from nature
The following is a further listing of fairly natural items that can be invaluable as additional skin care.
1. Rose water and witch hazel
This can be done in one of two ways. Rose water and witch hazel can both be purchased, but if you do it this way, realize that there are additional chemicals in these products. Common store bought witch hazel contains alcohol, but this can be useful as an astringent, so the choice is yours.
The second way involves a simple tea or potion made from boiling rose petals and witch hazel bark in water. Rose hips can also be used for this purpose, with or without using the petals as well. Both rose water and rose hips can be helpful in shrinking large pores in your skin.
2. Vitamin E
It should be fairly widely known that Vitamin E is good for the complexion. This can be bought in gel capsules and taken internally, or the oil can be bought and applied directly to the skin in the same manner in which I use Vaseline above. Again, always be sure to wash this off to avoid clogged pores, and skin irritation.
3. Fish oil
Another widely known skin care aid is fish oil. Fish oil can be ingested in oil capsules, or you can simply add more baked or broiled (not fried) fish to your diet. In fact, my preference here would be tuna or salmon, either fresh and broiled, or straight from the can.
4. Castor oil creme
This is usually sold as a hair and scalp treatment, but I have found it also works quite well in place of Vaseline for the skin as well. It also contains Vitamin E, which is added bonus.
This is an amino acid commonly used for cold sores, but I have found that adding it as a supplement when one has acne breakouts can be quite beneficial as well. Personally, I never had an acne problem as a teen, but have had occasional breakouts as I’ve gotten older.
Additional sources : Personal skin care in everyday life, and 8 years of experience dealing which makeup application and removal in the haunt industry.