We all have makeup routines but it is possible to have some makeup bad habits that could affect our skin health. The funny thing is that we are sometimes completely oblivious of the fact that there are things we are doing wrong in our makeup routine and the aftermath of our ignorance is often suffered by our skin. Our skin health is very important and contributes to our overall wellbeing. Flawless skin is every woman’s desire as it improves confidence and makes you comfortable in your own skin but while getting a flawless skin is an ongoing process that takes work and time, there are things and habits that can slow down the process and makes it almost impossible to achieve flawless skin. Makeup is not harmful for your skin if you would have a great makeup routine in place and consciously pay attention to doing right what is required.
There are things you should be mindful of in the course of your makeup routine and there are:
Not letting your foundation set
Letting your foundation dry completely before applying on either a concealer or powder is of great importance. A wet skin will distort even application of other products since the wet areas will collect more of the product resulting in an uneven coverage. Waiting until foundation sets before applying on any other product makes it easy to gauge your coverage to avoid a caked up face. If you love to wear a little foundation just like I do, just apply on a first layer and wait for it to set then it becomes easy to tell if and where more is required. This works a great deal and reduces applying on too much foundation than necessary. So, be sure to wait for about 4 to 5 minutes for your coverage to dry off and set before applying on other products. So, let us embrace the formula that less is more and use makeup to enhance our beauty instead of masking it.
Sleeping with makeup on
This is a basic whose importance can never be overemphasized. Sleeping with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Makeup is comedogenic with the tendency of clogging skin pores which can result to a lot of skin discomforts thwarting your desire for flawless skin. Never be too tired to wash off your face completely and properly take off makeup before hitting the sheets. I know there can be nights that we are super tired and just want to sleep off even with our clothes and shoes on but on days like that, you can try a no-rinse removal option by using either facial wipes or a face cleanser with a cotton pad. Either option works just fine and is way better than leaving on makeup for the night because your skin needs to breathe as well while you sleep.
Not washing your makeup brushes
This is a bad habit that we are all guilty of. We might think washing our makeup brushes is optional and not compulsory as long as we are not sharing it with others but how wrong we are. If you have the best skin care routine yet, you still struggle with acne and breakouts then maybe you should consider caring for your makeup brushes. Washing makeup brushes once every week is mandatory if you use them every day. This is to avoid the transfer of bacteria to your face. It is also a great idea to wash newly purchased makeup brushes especially if the bristles were exposed. It could have been exposed to numerous hands, faces, dust and other things before getting to you, so you should wash them. Never use dirty makeup brushes because they collect and store up dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. To wash your makeup brushes, simply soak up in warm water and a mild wash and rub on the bristles to remove product build up and dirt. Repeat process until water is clear, rinse thoroughly, squeeze out excess water and spread to dry.
Wearing makeup everyday
This could be a hard to pull off for most of us. Going a day or two without makeup? The sound of it is unthinkable yeah right but, your skin too needs to breathe and you should give them the time to breathe and repair and restore itself. Wearing makeup every day, all-day means you are putting your skin at the risk of breakouts and even acne. It can also result to a duller and more oil prone skin with no glow. Ensure to give your face a breather and give it a time off from being covered with makeup as constant use of cosmetics may lead to hormonal imbalance since estrogenic properties are contained in some. Also, studies have shown that long term use may also predispose skin to cancer.
Testing too many makeup products
When trying out new products, it is advisable to space them out and give your skin time in-between. Trying out different products at a time can cause skin reaction if the products do not work well together. Spacing out your application of new products help you know and tell if your skin agrees or disagrees with certain products. A rule of thumb is to choose products that work best for your skin type.
Wearing expired makeup
Makeup has expiry dates but that is the last thing we are conscious of and want to check out. Since it isn’t something edible we rarely check out makeup expiry dates. But, the expiry dates are there for a reason. Never use an expired makeup product as it is very harmful to your skin and although the effects are usually not immediate, but it always manifest at a later time. Practice checking out expiry dates on your makeup products when buying them to save your skin the trouble.
These are just a few makeup blunders amongst others we are daily doing without even realizing we are either doing or skipping them during our routines. Others could range from skipping out on primer application, forgetting to exfoliate or moisturize and maybe rubbing on makeup instead of stippling. But regardless, you can build up a new makeup routine and try factoring all these to your new routine.
Give it a try and let me know what you think and the changes recorded.