Makeup is a wonderful tool to help enhance natural beauty and highlight your best features, but at times it can work against you, which often raises the question: “Is makeup bad for your skin?”. Blush, foundation, or lip balm, just about every cosmetic product now promises to leave your skin better than before! The vast amount of time invested on our skin, from facials to pinning down the perfect cleansing regimen, can often be put at risk by the use of makeup.
So, Is Makeup Bad for Your Skin?
Here are some Do’s and Don’ts on makeup, so it does not spoil your skin.
Don’t use expired cosmetics
Throw out everything that’s been on your shelf for more than two years. Cosmetics have a shelf life of one or two years and after that the chemicals start to degenerate, the oils become rancid and the emulsions begin to separate making them potentially harmful.
Don’t share makeup
These include lipsticks, eyeliners, mascara etc. You’d be sharing your skin’s bacteria and spreading infections, too.
Don’t add water to dilute caked or thickened mascara and eyeliner
You’re adding a potential source of infection — water — which contains micro-organisms. Increased water content in a product creates an optimum environment for bacterial multiplication. You can get styes, conjunctivitis or other harmful fungal eye infections.
Don’t sleep with makeup on
No matter how tired you are — always remove makeup before you go to bed. Make up creates a breeding ground for bacteria and clogs your pores.
Don’t use makeup with these ingredients
Watch out for these two potential irritants in your makeup.
Parabens: A group of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics. The solution is to use paraben free products.
Sodium lauryl sulphate: A chemical used in cosmetics for the basic purpose of increasing the spreadability of products like cream. This chemical is proven to cause allergieson many skin types.
Do buy makeup that suits your skin type
It’s very important to wear make up according to your skin type. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, your makeup should be more moisturizing & oil based. But if you have oily skin, it’s better to use mineral powdered makeup & make up that are fragrance and oil-free. Also, look for cosmetics that are labeled hypoallergenic for sensitive skin (they’re less likely to cause allergic reactions) and non-comedogenic (they won’t block pores) for acneic skin to help avoid skin reactions & clogging.
Do invest in quality brands
Buy one lipstick instead of four cheaper ones. It’s worth the money. Not only will you be getting a tried and tested product, but also one that is made under ethical conditions. This way you can look good and feel good about your purchase too!
Do a test patch
As a rule fo thumb, try any product you are considering on a small test patch on the inside of your arm. If after 24 hours no redness or reaction develops, go ahead and buy it.
Do clean your makeup tools
This includes lip brushes, sponges, rouge brushes, powder puffs regularly, or replace them every few months. Leftover cosmetic residue is greasy and sticky, and breeds bacteria. You can use mild liquid detergents meant for wool and silks, to wash your tools.
Do choose makeup with a sun-protective factor
Maintain a good skincare routine. Follow your CTM (cleanse-tone-moisturize) routine before makeup application. If you neglect your skin, achieving a flattering makeup application can be difficult no matter how carefully and naturally you apply. Your make up should have SPF to protect the skin from sun damage.