Wearing make-up might have us looking fabulous all day, but depending on several factors, it could also really damage our skins. Honestly, the cost of some of these items could make it very easy to forget that they have expiry dates. More so, some of our everyday make-up products contain chemicals that cause skin damage. Carelessly sleeping with makeup on, could also lead to breakouts. To prevent these occurrences, it is important that we are careful with what we apply on our faces. We should also have a means of ensuring that our skins are well taken care of come what may. Here are some preventive measures:
- Use natural make-up
Natural products have fewer harmful chemicals. They are made from plants such as carrot, Aloe Vera, and Avocado, and they at are good for our skins and health in general.
- Clean make up brushes or tools
Wash your make-up brushes with shampoo and warm water as frequently as possible. While applying makeup with brushes, you expose your brushes to sweat and other dirt elements. Continuous usage of such tools would bring dirt and germs to your face, causing skin infections. This should, as such, not be toyed with.
- Check for the expiry date
Although make-up can be expensive, we should know when to replace them. Generally, brushes, can be used for years if they are well maintained. However, foundations, eye-shadows and blush creams would last for 6-12 months. Mascaras last for 3-5 months and liquid eyeliners last for 3-8 months. Find out the expiry date of your products and make sure you don’t use them beyond the stipulated time.
- Remove Makeup at Night
While it is normal to be too tired to hit the bathroom to wash your face after a long day, sleeping with makeup on causes more harm. No matter what you do, make sure you don’t sleep with make-up on. This is because the chemicals from the products could permeate open pores and cause several kinds of infections. Even if you can’t wash it off, be sure to clean your face with wipes or make-up remover before going to bed.
- Exfoliate the Skin Often
Make-up residues go into open skin pores and could result in skin damage. Try to exfoliate your skin twice a week as it would remove all traces of makeup as well as dead cells.
- Store makeup properly
Last but not the least, it is important to store your make-up properly and not expose them to sunlight. It should be kept in either a make-up bag or on a shelf. Keep all products in a cool and dry place away from dampness because bacteria, fungi, moulds are found in such areas.
BY: LAWRETTA EGBA