As we all know, makeup can be a wonderful thing. Not only can it help disguise those under-eye bags after those sleepless nights and early mornings, and give you cheekbones when you really don’t have any (hello, contouring), but it can help boost self-confidence and allow someone to express their individuality.
However, wearing makeup can definitely have drawbacks too, especially when it comes down to your health. For those who wear makeup on a regular basis, it’s especially crucial to know what exactly is in the products you’re putting on your face and how it can ultimately affect your body. Here are a few things to keep in mind for your makeup routine!
1. Take off your makeup before you go to sleep every night.
One of the most fundamental steps to take towards having good skin is to always remove your makeup before you call it a night. Keeping your makeup on longer than necessary can predispose you to having breakouts and other types of skin issues. Those who wear face makeup that is oil-based or “long-lasting” are especially susceptible, as your pores can become clogged more easily.
2. Makeup should not be shared.
Whether you’re testing foundation shades at Sephora or borrowing mascara from a friend, you put yourself at risk of contracting a sickness that the person who used the product before you has/had! If you do need to share makeup, be sure to thoroughly sterilize the product before you use it (especially products that go on or around your eyes or mouth).
3. Sunscreen is still a must.
Try to find makeup products that have SPF protection built into the product. Not only will the older version of yourself be thankful for preventing wrinkles and dark spots, but it will save you an additional step when getting ready in the morning. Your skin is the largest organ system in your body and needs protection to help prevent the development of skin cancer.
4. Throw out old beauty products.
Makeup products have a shelf life, and it’s not based off when the item starts to get dry and crusty. Often, they reach their lifespan when there is still product left. Products like eyeliner or mascara have very short lifespans, as the eye is a very sensitive organ and they easily collect bacteria and other particles that can be detrimental to your well-being. Check out Bobbi Brown’s guide to the shelf life of different products here.
5. Know what makeup products work for you.
While it may seem like common sense, it still needs to be said: discontinue the usage of makeup products that are harmful to you. Headaches, dizziness, and/or nausea are surprisingly common side effects of exposure to some makeup for certain individuals. Issues like allergies can arise and manifest themselves in many form, such as sneezing, hives, or even difficulty breathing.