Many of us rely on makeup every day. Unfortunately, wearing makeup can be harmful to our skin. Here are our top five tips for using makeup without harming your skin:
Wash Your Makeup Off As Soon As Possible
Whenever you get home from work or running errands or whenever you are done for the day, remove your makeup as soon as possible. Makeup clogs your pores preventing your skin from breathing. This can lead to oily or discoloured skin and blemishes. Removing makeup as soon as you can will give your skin the chance to breathe and replenish.
Whatever you do, do not go to bed still wearing your make up. We also recommend that you avoid wearing make up on as many days as possible to give your skin a break. Be particularly careful about applying makeup if you’ve performed an extraction facial procedure on your own, as skin products and open skin can be uncomfortable.
Wash your make up off thoroughly using a cleanser that’s right for your skin. Remove eye makeup with makeup remover designed especially for eyes. Your eyes and the area around your eyes are particularly delicate. To avoid causing unnecessary damage, remove eye makeup by dabbing eye makeup remover onto a makeup pad and gently wiping it across your eyes.
Make Sure You’re Choosing Makeup that’s Right for Your Skin
Everyone’s skin is different. Get to know your skin and whether it is oily, dry or sensitive. This will help you choose make up products that are right for you.
Some ingredients in makeup can cause allergies or irritation. Avoid creating an allergic reaction all over your face by testing new make up on a small patch of skin on your arm. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Don’t Share Brushes.
Sharing brushes means sharing bacteria and germs. Play it safe and only use your own brushes.
Also be sure to clean your own brushes. Makeup brushes build up old makeup, dead skin cells and bacteria – all the things you don’t want to be spreading across your face. Depending on how often you use your brushes, you should be cleaning them roughly every one or two weeks. A designated makeup brush cleanser will work or otherwise you could use a sulphate-free shampoo (try a baby shampoo) or even plain old soap.
Choose a Foundation With SPF 15+
In the harsh Australian climate, a foundation with SPF 15 (at least) is an essential.
An SPF foundation will protect your skin from UV rays while allowing you to still wear makeup. You’ll be protecting your skin from sun damage, premature wrinkles and the risk of skin cancer. If you’re looking for a tan, we strongly recommend a much safer spray tan- contrary to popular belief, they CAN look natural!
Less is More
Always remember, that the more makeup you pile on, the more damage you’ll be doing to your skin. As we’ve mentioned, makeup clogs your pores and prevents your skin from the nutrients it needs from oxygen and sunlight. Give your skin a break by applying as little makeup as you can and avoid caking on layers of foundation. Let your natural beauty shine through.
If you still feel like your skin could use some rejuvenating, we can help. Book an appointment now on 02 9362 0994