Makeup and skin care go hand in hand. After all, they have some of the same goals. They make you look younger and help you feel more attractive. But because there are literally thousands of products available, knowing the best ways to use makeup and how to keep your skin healthy while you use it can be confusing. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about using (or not using) makeup.
Do Choose the Right Products for Your Skin
Makeup causes skin problems for some women. Whether it’s an allergic reaction to an ingredient or making acne worse, the makeup that’s supposed to make you look beautiful makes your face burn and itch or even causes blisters. If you have sensitive skin, you’re going to need oil and fragrance-free products with a low risk of causing acne or allergic reactions. It’s a trial-and-error process to find makeup that doesn’t irritate your skin, so be patient while you try a few different brands. We’ll talk more about hypoallergenic products and the best ones to buy in an upcoming post.
Don’t Go Overboard with Your Routine
More is not always better when it comes to makeup. This falls into two categories: either using way too much of a product, or using too many different products. Piling eyeshadow or blush on in three of four layers is unnecessary and can irritate your skin. Some women use corrective powder, concealer, foundation, regular face powder, bronzer, blush, and a finishing mist. Chances are you don’t need that many layers to look great, and your skin certainly doesn’t need an inch of product piled onto it every day. Simplify your makeup regimen to the least amount you need. Remember that makeup has lots of chemicals in it, so the more you use, the more you’re exposing your skin to them.
Do Wash Your Makeup off Every Night
You arrive home late from dinner, you’re tired, and all you really want to do is get some sleep. But falling into bed with your makeup on spells disaster for your face. Your beautiful skin will have pores clogged with bacteria, which can make your skin red and irritated. Not letting your pores breathe also leads to acne when bacteria set up on your skin. In the morning not only is there a mess of makeup on your pillow, you may not even recognize your own skin.
Think that it’s no big deal not to wash your makeup off every night? Check out our guide to glowing skin and see what happened to a woman who slept with her makeup on for 30 days!
Do Not Hang onto Products for Years
Makeup isn’t like food. It doesn’t have “use by” or expiration dates on it. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require companies to put these dates on their cosmetics, which leaves a lot of women in the dark about how to know if older foundation or lipstick are still okay to use. Doing the “sniff” test might tell you if mascara needs to go, but it’s no guarantee, and that method won’t work for things like eyeshadow or blush. So when should you toss your makeup? Mascara and liquid liner should go after 3 months, cream eyeshadow and liquid foundation after 6 months, and lipliner, lipstick, powdered blush, and eyeshadow after two years.
Do Look into Organic Makeup
Organic makeup is made with botanicals and other natural ingredients. Besides being less likely to irritate your skin, these products are usually far healthier. They don’t contain all the chemicals that non-organic makeup does. And since most of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, that means you’re literally piling pounds worth of chemicals into your body. Organic makeup is more expensive than the regular varieties, and because it often has few preserving agents, you’ll have to discard it more often. But if you want to take extra special care of your skin, it will probably be worth it to you.
Makeup is an important part of many women’s lives. It boosts confidence and raises self-esteem. But it’s important to use makeup wisely so that your skin doesn’t suffer the consequences. Following best makeup practices such as washing your makeup off every night, discarding old makeup, moisturizing dry skin, and knowing about cosmetic ingredients will help keep your skin healthy and glowing.