Friday, January 21, 2011

Anti Chafing Gel... as a primer?!

As most of you reading this probably watch YouTube make up videos just as much as me I'm sure you've heard about the anti chafing gel primer craze.

For those of you that haven't, lots of people are using anti chafing gel as a primer because it contains the same ingredients as most expensive primers out there. The active ingredient being Dimethicone. 

So I read up about this, read some reviews and decided to go and buy some and see if it's any good. I have used primers in the past but they have never done anything for me and sometimes made my skin break out or make it even oilier, so I was pretty skeptical but had high hopes from the things I was reading about it online.

My skin had been getting oilier than usual for some reason and I was hoping this would be the amazing product which would solve everything! 

I bought the Lanacane Anti Chafing Gel in Boots and it cost me around £6 for 30g of product. As you only need a tiny amount for your face this will last you ages. So it's pretty good value especially compared to the expensive make up primers out there which have pretty much the same ingredients.

It comes in a tube making it hygienic which is always a good thing. The first time I used this I only applied it to my nose and forehead, because I was worried about whether it would break me out, being silicone based and containing Corn Starch. Thankfully it doesn't seem to break me out at all which is lucky.

I apply it after I've let my moisturiser sink in. I then wait for 5 minutes or so until the primer has had a chance to set, then apply my make up. 

It definitely makes my skin really smooth and my foundation goes on nicely, not that it doesn't go on nicely without a primer though.

I was really hoping it would control my oil more than anything, but unfortunately this makes my skin even oilier. So this doesn't work for my oily skin at all! It does however make my face smooth and although I use mineral make up which lasts ages on my skin anyway, I think it makes it stay on even longer than usual. Just makes my face incredibly greasy and shiny!

Amount needed for your entire face- be careful not to use too much! :)

I don't feel like I need a primer to be honest. My skin is less oily without a primer and I don't like putting extra  things on my face when they're not really needed.

If you have dry or normal skin this would be great for you, and I do think this is great as a primer. You'd be saving a lot of money too. 

I think I'll definitely keep this for when doing make up on people with dry/normal/combo skin types.

Do be careful not to put too much of it on your face though, you only need a tiny pea size amount, otherwise it will start to flake and peel off making you look rather strange...

And if you're known to break out from skincare products or have sensitive skin it's a good idea to do a patch test first!

Have you tried this as a primer?


  1. I've never tried it but I might give it a go - I'm a sucker for new primers!! x

  2. I posted a link to this article on my blog. Great article you wrote. Check it out.