Primer – Do I REALLY need to use one?


If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly short of time and want as many things in your life to be SIMPLE! And that includes your makeup routine. So, I always thought – do I REALLY need to use a primer?

In fact, I’d never used a primer until I had my makeup done professionally. When I saw how well the foundation sat on my skin with primer, I was instantly sold on the idea. It’s like ‘spak filler’ for all the cracks and bumps on your skin and who doesn’t want smoother looking skin?

Top 7 reasons to use a primer

So, here are seven reasons why you should consider adding a primer to your routine. A good primer will:

  1. Seal your pores, creating almost a blanket over them.
  2. Soften your skin, making it velvety soft, which enhances the smooth effects they have on your makeup appearance.
  3. Reduce redness and won’t irritate your skin.
  4. Create a smoother makeup look.
  5. Help your makeup stay on longer, decreasing sweating through the pores. They also act as a natural shield for dust, water and debris that might make your makeup wear off.
  6. Apply incredibly easily. Primers go on exactly like lotion on your face, but they’re much lighter and not greasy at all.
  7. Work with any skin colour. There are no shades to choose from, so selections are super-easy.

All-natural and no-tox is the only way to go

savvy minerals primer

The new Savvy Minerals by Young Living® primers are amazing! When used correctly, these products will absolutely enhance your experience of using Savvy Minerals makeup. And best of all, they’re all-natural and no-tox. Remember, when you’re putting products on your skin often it’s SO important to make sure they’re not doing you harm. I say – bring on the Clean Beauty revolution!

Primers are used after your skin care routine (cleanse, tone, treat, moisturise) but before your makeup to help prep your skin for foundation application. Young Living launched both a Mattifying Primer and a Hydrating Primer.

So how do you know which primer you should use?

Mattifying Primer

The Mattifying Primer is specifically formulated to help mattify oil and control shine. In fact, if you tend to have oily skin or live in humid areas, this primer is for you! The oils used in the Young Living Maximum Strength Acne Treatment (you can currently only order this NFR from the USA) are also used in our Mattifying Primer. Tea Tree essential oil cleanses the skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes. And Manuka essential oil supports the appearance of healthy-looking skin and reduces the look of blemishes.

The Mattifying Primer will also minimize the look of pores and fine lines, blur and smooth lines, and extend the wear of your Savvy Minerals foundation. Not only that, but it’s also non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores), contains non-nano ingredients, and is 100 percent plant based.

The Mattifying Primer has additional awesome ingredients. One is called “cap/cap” or caprylic/capric triglyceride, which comes from palm oil or palm kernel oil. This ingredient helps enhance the delivery of active ingredients and acts as a carrier oil for the essential oils. It also mimics the oils on your face, which is important because it is more easily recognized and properly used by your body.

Significantly, the mix of fatty acids in cap/cap is similar to the fatty acids that your skin naturally contains, which makes it recognizable and helps your skin avoid moisture loss. Cap/cap feels lightweight, unlike synthetic ingredients that create a barrier or coating that trap bacteria and dirt, while also preventing the skin from performing its natural behaviors. Finally, the Mattifying Primer contains shea butter, which hydrates, nourishes, and conditions the skin.

Hydrating Primer

The Hydrating Primer is formulated for individuals with dry skin. It hydrates and moisturises, smooths and conditions, and helps prolong the wear of makeup. It contains coconut oil and shea butter for added moisturisation, as well as Geranium, Bergamot (furocoumarin-free), Copaiba, Cedarwood, Black Spruce, Orange, Lavender, Lime, Sage, Ocotea, and Rose essential oils.

One of the unique ingredients in the Hydrating Primer is coconut alkanes, which are derived from coconuts. That is why this ingredient is used as a natural silicon replacement. Many commercial primers use silicon as a base because of its smooth texture, but it can cause breakouts because of its inability to let the skin breathe. Coconut alkanes are unique because they deliver hydration without having a greasy feel. They also mimic your skin’s natural oils, which is easier for your body to recognise and properly use. Coconut alkanes are also a natural humectant, meaning they help reduce the loss of moisture by preserving and drawing moisture to the skin.

Features & Benefits

  • Mattifies and controls shine
  • Smooths and evens the look of skin.
  • Prolongs and enhances the look of makeup.
  • Blurs and smooths lines.
  • Reduces and controls shine and oil.
  • Minimises the look of pores and fine lines.
  • Cleanses the skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes with Tea Tree essential oil.
  • Supports the appearance of healthy-looking skin and reduces the look of blemishes with Manuka essential oil.
  • Extends the wear of foundation.
  • Contains non-nano ingredients.
  • Non-comedogenic


  • Water
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol
  • Cetearyl alcohol
  • Glyceryl stearate citrate
  • Glycerin
  • Silica
  • Sodium levulinate
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Glyceryl caprylate
  • Sodium anisate
  • Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter
  • Kaolin
  • Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil
  • Leptospermum scoparium† (Manuka) branch/leaf oil
  • Boswellia carterii† (Frankincense) oil
  • Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
  • Melaleuca alternifolia† (Tea tree) leaf oil
  • Pelargonium graveolens†(Geranium) flower oil
  • Lavandula angustifolia†(Lavender) oil
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Sodium carbonate

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil


  • Apply a thin, even layer to clean, moisturized skin. Allow a few minutes for the primer to set before applying makeup.

So, which primer are you going to get?

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