The days when your cosmetic choices would actually kill you seem to be behind us. Thankfully we no longer need to slap lead-based foundation an inch thick on our face, use copper to highlight our eyes, or use a hint of arsenic to bring color to our cheeks. This isn’t medieval times. But, still, there seems to be swathes of confusion around the question about skin health and makeup. For some, makeup is a must; putting one's face on leads to lighter brighter moods and elevated self-confidence. Makeup may have come a long way, but we still need to untangle fact from fiction when working out if makeup is really bad for your skin…
It Can Clog Your Pores
This is the age-old question when it comes to wearing foundations and creams and sadly it's confirmed as fact that makeup can clog up your pores. This is especially true when it comes to oil-based makeup or makeup made to last longer. This style of makeup seeps even deeper into the pores and takes more effort to remove. If you want to keep wearing your all-day face without the after-effects then be sure to invest in a really good exfoliator that will remove even the stubbornest traces of makeup. Even better, opt for makeup that is mineral-based so it sits on your skin rather than seeping in. Mineral makeup can also protect against environmental factors.
It Isn’t One Size Fits All
One of the most important factors when it comes to keeping a relationship healthy between makeup and your skin is to make sure you buy for YOUR skin. Makeup shouldn’t be treated with a one size fits all approach and in-fact you should always aim to buy products aimed at your specific skin type. If you have oily skin you will need a different bunch of ingredients than sensitive skin. Research your skin type, find out which ingredients you should avoid, and which is best suited to your unique face.
It is if You Don’t Wash Your Brushes
Just like you should double wash your face before you bed down, you also need to make sure that you are washing your makeup brushes. If your makeup brushes aren’t cleaned properly they can bring a whole host of bacteria back to your face – wreaking havoc on your skin. Choose a good spray cleaner for your makeup brushes and give them a blast once a week. Once a month you can give them a real good deep clean using a special brush shampoo.
It Can Make Blemishes Last Longer
It’s the catch 22 of the makeup world. You have a mega blemish and you want to cover it up with a ton of makeup so your skin looks flawless. Only, the makeup may actually make the blemish last longer. If you have an angry-looking blemish, odds are that the skin is inflamed or infected; when you throw makeup into the mix – the oils, perfumes, and other such ingredients can serve to aggravate the skin even more only adding to the inflammation. The best thing to do is to let your skin heal naturally or if you really can’t face going out bare – dab on a little blemish gel that will create a protective barrier between your skin and the makeup.
Dare to Bare
Whatever your personal makeup preferences its always good to give your skin a little break. Take time out of wearing makeup – whether it’s around the holidays, home for the weekend, or washing it off as soon as you step through the door. When your face isn’t wearing makeup it has a chance for the skin to breathe, for your pores to appear smoother, and for the toxins to clear away.
What does your daily makeup routine look like? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.