If You're An Every Day Makeup Wearer, Stop Doing These 9 Things Today.
How Is Makeup Affecting Your Skin?
A lot of women wonder if their makeup could be clogging their pores, if there are certain makeups that are better for certain skin types, or if makeup could overall be cause for unhealthy skin. We wear it anywhere from 8 to 16 hours a day so no matter what, it has to be having an effect on our skin, maybe more than we realize. This is why it's important to know the decisions you make that affect your skin and how they affect your skin, along with wearing makeup.
We'll run through 10 super common mistakes for selecting, wearing, and removing makeup including expert solutions to ensure your skin stays in peak condition with fewer fine lines, wrinkles, clogged pores, pimples, and blemishes.
1. Don't Be Lazy - Take That Makeup Off Before Bed
It's important to note that your skin is pretty dirty by the end of the day due to a number of factors, such as:
- bacteria from touching things and then touching your face with your hands and from beneath your nails, circulates dirt and harmful particles without even realizing it.
- sebum (face oil) is secreted throughout the day through your pores.
- setting powders, blushes, liquid foundations and primers all sit on your face and can clog pores and attract additional dirt particles.
When you don't remove your makeup and give your face a good, thorough clean in the evening, you're allowing it to marinate in that dirt, oil, and makeup which can further lead to breakouts, dull-looking skin complexions, and massively clogged pores. We recommend setting yourself up with a nighttime routine you enjoy so you never forget to remove your makeup while cleansing and supporting your skin.
2. Don't Put Too Much Faith In Makeup Remover Wipes
Although they are super convenient, we don't recommending using cleansing wipes to remove facial makeup because they don't truly get into the skin or pores to clean it. Instead they usually end up smearing around makeup, bacteria, dirt particles, and oil without fully removing it.
We recommend using a cleanser that requires a rinsing action. This helps remove and clean away any particles from the skin. Often times people who use wipes, simply try and wipe off the makeup and leave it at that, but this is like applying a cleanser without washing it off, which essentially does nothing for your skin but move around the contaminants on top of your skin.
3. For Those With Easily Clogged Pores, Avoid Primers or Liquid/Cream-Based Foundations.
Unfortunately not all skin types and makeup products are a match made in heaven. For instance if you notice that your pores are forming rough bumps and you have been using a primer, liquid foundation, or cream-based blush, concealer, or highlighter - this may be the reason.
We all admire glowing, poreless-looking skin but to achieve that appearance you have to incorporate a lot of product that contain oils that may not pair well with your skin. Keep in mind these products are remaining on your face for 8 to 16 hours a day, so you want something that is designed to align with it, not aggravate it.
We suggest rotating out your makeup products or limiting the use of one over the other to identify which is causing the problem. The best way to find out what works best for your skin type is to experiment with varying products and ingredients.
Consider looking for makeup formulas that avoid these potentially pore-clogging ingredients (when used in high concentrations):
- Acetylated Lanolin
- Coal Tar
- Coconut Oil
- D & C Red Dyes
- Grapeseed Oil
- Lanolic Acid
- Linseed Oil
- Myristyl Myristate
Don't get us wrong, even though we prefer all-natural ingredients, these do help with spreadability so they have a good purpose. However, in high concentrations, they might cause some problems for some people.
4. Don't Let Your Makeup Disturb Your Blemishes
Obviously we all wish we could vanquish pimples quickly and painlessly but in reality there really is a natural process to blemishes and your makeup could actually be interfering with it. Zits and pimples are essentially infections resulting in inflammation, so when you apply concealer to mask it, you're likely adding oils and synthetics that can aggravate the blemish further.
We recommend avoiding the blemish and surrounding area when applying your makeup, as terribly annoying as that is. Apply a dab of sunscreen and apply a gentle acne or pimple serum or gel. This helps seal in the blemish's bacteria and also prevents makeup from disturbing the healing process. You can also use moisturizers that have inflammation-reducing ingredients such as elderflower, cucumber, and glycoin.
5. Don't Blend Sunscreen & Concealer
Makeup products are usually designed to a tee formula-wise, so if we do something to alter it, it could potentially change it's effectiveness. This goes both ways when you consider blending sunscreen and makeup. Sunscreen is a product you certainly want to remain effective since it protects your skin from damaging sun rays and reduces the chance of acquiring early signs of aging. Makeup could also be changed by being blended with sunscreen, making it not as long-lasting or providing effective coverage.
We suggest investing in a lightweight foundation that you can apply on top of your daily sunscreen or in a concealer or foundation that includes a level of SPF protection. We always recommend putting on a layer of sunscreen first, before applying any makeup to protect your skin throughout the day.
6. Cool It On The Oil-Based Makeup Removers
As we stated in one of our earlier points - always take off your makeup before bed but be sure to find a product that works well with both your skin type and the type of makeup you use. For mascara and eye-liner that isn't waterproof, we recommend using water-based products to remove them. When you use oil-based formulas, there is a higher risk of the oil getting into your eye and eye area which can cause unnecessary puffiness. It's also not easily washed off from the skin and can render night serums and moisturizers ineffective and unable to be absorbed into the skin.
Of course a lot of regularly use waterproof products, even when it isn't entirely required so we recommend apply the oil-based makeup remover only to the top eye-lids very gently and targeting the remainder of your makeup with water-based products. The combination effect works well to maintain overall healthy, balanced facial skin.
7. Don't Hit The Sheets Directly After Removing Your Makeup
If you're evening routine includes taking off your makeup and apply your particular night time regimen and then going straight to bed, you may want to consider rearranging your routine. Ideally you should be performing your nighttime skincare regimen earlier in the evening rather than right before you hit the hay.
Why is that? There are a few benefits to completing your routine earlier in the evening. You're less likely to skip or ignore part of your routine like the detox cleaning mask or lift eye serum if you're more tired and ready for bed. Another perk is that your skin is actually in the best possible moment to benefit from your night time skincare products. It's now believed that skin begins it's healing and repair process as soon as it goes from light to dark. By doing your routine earlier, your skin may be able to react to the full effect of your nighttime line-up.
8. Keep Up On Your Makeup Tool Maintenance
It may seem like one more chore to add to your list but routinely washing your makeup brushes and beauty blenders goes a long way to keeping your skin clean and well maintained. If brushes go ignored they can end up accumulating dirt, bacteria, and oil and spreading it throughout your skin when you apply your makeup. This in turn will leave your skin more vulnerable to the effects of free radicals, and everyday pollutants you come in contact with.
We suggest you wash your makeup brushes weekly and your beauty blenders after each use. For acne or clogged pore-prone skin, you may want to do this even more frequently. At the least you want to be washing your brushes at least once a month, and replacing your beauty blenders every 3 months.
9. Switch Up Your Makeup Products
If you've gotten into a routine of using the same makeup to produce the same look everyday, it may be time to freshen up your methods and get out of your makeup rut. Keep in mind there have been major strides in the advancement of makeup and it's ingredients. There is likely a world of untapped makeup products out there that are ideal for your skin type.
Try introducing entirely new products into your line-up. For example, if you haven't ever used a primer before - it can truly do wonders for minimizing the appearance of pores and supporting a smooth and even complexion. Of course if you're more prone to clogged pores, find an option that will work best for you.
If you have any additional tips for us everyday makeup wearers that you have found effective in keeping your skin healthy and well-maintained, reach out to us! We love to hear your methods!