We love to wear makeup, and why not? They make us look gorgeous raised to the power of infinity. A small dash of lipstick can turn a pale face into a bright one, that is the power of makeup. However, do you know that if you do not do makeup rightly, you can ruin your skin? From the foundation to the concealer and the powder, makeup products are made with ingredients, which could be harmful to the skin. You can end up getting breakouts from using makeup if you do not follow the rules.
Always check the label
Always take time to check and read the makeup label for instructions and ingredients. This sounds like way too much work, but what will be a lot of work is having to go to a dermatologist to fix the damage done by a toxic ingredient. Makeup manufacturers are constantly testing new products to create the perfect makeup, the one that won’t wash off when you swim or sweat. While we are happy for them, we want to make sure that the products they create are not toxic to our skin. So check and google ingredients before usage.
Cleanse properly after every use
When you are taking off your makeup, cleanse your face deeply and properly to make sure that there are no residues left. If you kept heavy makeup on all day for some special event, after cleansing, and washing, please gently exfoliate your face to make sure everything goes out. The exfoliating agent will reach into your pores to get the tiniest drop of makeup out. If you do not do this, you can end up with blocked pores, which will result in acne and breakouts.
Wash hands before application
Before you get your makeup on your face, make sure your hands are clean. Your hands can transfer germs to your makeup products and then to your face. Always wash your hands before every makeup process, and if you cannot wash, please sanitize your hands.
Wash your brushes
Twice a week, wash your brushes with soap and water and leave them to dry. A dish wash soap is sometimes recommended because of its foamy nature. It will get into the nitty-gritty of the brush, getting out stubborn foundation and concealers stuck underneath the bristles. Not washing your makeup brushes for a long time while using them leaves your face open to germs, acne, breakouts, and other skin irritations. If you can, after washing with soap and water and it has dried, spray alcohol on it to have all the remaining germs die off.
If a product is good, stick to it
It is understandable to want to keep changing products to get a better one, especially if the advert on that product is convincing. However, if it is not broken, why fix it? If you know your skin is sensitive, you should be wary of changing products. Treat makeup products the same way you treat skin products. If you will not randomly change a skin product that works fine on your skin because of an advert, then why will you change a makeup product that works fine? Some people have used the same makeup product, from the same manufacturer for the past ten years, it works.
Never go to bed with makeup on
No matter how light you think your makeup is, never go to bed with it on. People who do that in movies, never do it in real life. No matter how tired you are when you return, clean that makeup off your face and do it properly. If your head hits the pillow with that makeup on, your pores will be blocked by morning. If you make a habit out of this, you will age a lot faster than you are hoping to.
Cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen before makeup
All four of these things listed above should always go on your face before you apply makeup. Just don’t slap makeup on your face, protect it first. Cleanse your face to get all the dirt that could have attached itself to your face in the last few minutes or hours. Use toners to deep clean your pores and then tighten them, then balance your skin’s pH levels. Use a moisturizer to keep your skin moisturized and safe. Finally, use sunscreen with an SPF of about 40, because despite what you have heard, the SPF in your foundation will not save you from a sunburn.
Use up the product and replace
If you do not use makeup often, go for smaller, fewer products. Do not keep a foundation for an entire year to use it the next. Finish your products and replace them when you need to. Sometimes, they may have expired and become toxic, and you would not know because you supposed it was still good.
Basics are okay for everyday use
You do not need to slap on heavy makeup unless there is a need for it. If you are not attending an event or something that requires heavy makeup, stick to the basics. Use a loose powder more often than you use a foundation because the latter contains more chemical components. As long as it is an everyday work thing, stick to basic makeup.
Have days off
Unless you are a celebrity or someone who works in show business, there is no reason you should not take off days for your face. Your face deserves to breathe sometimes. Have days where your face can just go out bare, taking in the wind and some sun.
While makeup can enhance your skin positively, it can also speed up aging by actively breaking down the collagen in your skin. Imagine wearing makeup to look younger, and having it make you look older. The compositions of some of these products can ruin your skin, and proper care is needed to make sure your skin stays just as great when the makeup is off. Following these rules will help you retain great skin while you use makeup.