Makeup and Your Skin: For Better or Worse?

Make-up is worn for an average of 8- 15 hours a day for many reasons, so it’s definitely affecting your skin more than you realise.

In this post, we are going to share some of the common mistakes people make when wearing and removing makeup and give you tips to ensure you keep clogged pores and breakouts away.

  1. You shouldn’t go to sleep with your makeup on- It’s important to know that your skin is dirty at night due to: sebum, bacteria and makeup from setting powders, foundation and primers. Letting your skin marinate in dirt, oil and makeup all day and night can lead to clogged pores, breakouts and even dull skin. It’s very important to cleanse your skin every night and perform a nighttime routine that’s suitable for your skin type.
  2. Ditch the wipes– despite their convenience, we advise not to remove makeup with just wipes because they don’t truly clean the skin. Instead they smear dirt and bacteria around without lifting anything off.
  3. Don’t wet your skin before removing makeup– this is especially true when it comes to removing liquid foundation. Using a cream or lotion cleanser is the best product to use for proper removal. If you wet your skin with water first and then apply your creamy cleanser, it will be diluted and the makeup will nor break down very well leaving you with unclean skin. The best way to use a cleanser to remove makeup is this way:
  • massage a cream based cleanser onto dry skin for 30- 40 seconds
  • wet your fingertips with water and massage through again for another 25-30 seconds
  • rinse well with lukewarm water.
  • for complete removal, wipe over the skin with a wash- cloth, facial sponge or cleaning cloth.

4. Don’t allow your makeup to interfere with the natural healing process of a blemish– The goal of with any blemish is to make it go away as fast as possible without leaving any scarring, right? However, your makeup could be causing a problem. When you have a blemish, there is infection and inflammation, and when makeup and concealer are applied, the oils and the synthetic perfumes can travel into the blemish and cause further aggravation. If you feel like you have to wear makeup over a blemish here is a tip; after using sunscreeen as the last step in your day routine, wipe the affected area with a damp cotton swab, then apply a thin layer of a product like Daily Blemish Serum, an antibacterial serum with salicylic acid. This creates an invisible seal over the blemish to prevent makeup being applied afterward from disrupting the healing process. Plus it’s soothing and has inflammation reducing ingredients.

5. Don’t neglect your makeup brushes– we know it takes effort but if you are not washing your brushes at least once a week, they are truly filthy and introducing dirt and bacteria to your skin every time they are touching your face and this won’t help your skin’s health. The same applies for beauty blenders. These makeup application tools need to be washed regularly and if you are prone to acne anyway- you need to be washing them after every use.

So there you have it guys, our top 5 recommendations for wearing makeup and reducing breakouts. Having healthy skin is not just about using the perfect skincare products and having the routine; it’s also about having good daily habits that are in the best interest of your skin.

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