How Does Your Makeup Affect Your Skin?
It’s common knowledge that women are willing to spend great amounts of time and money on those things we feel will add to our health and beauty. To that end, we all love how a little bit of well-placed makeup can contribute to and enhance our natural beauty. But at what cost? Is makeup the cause of our skin problems, like those pesky zits, or an excess in oil production?
What Makeup Does to Your Skin 101
Many cosmetic products are designed to create stunning results when used properly, but unfortunately, they can also lead to undesirable effects on our skin. These can cause annoying and cumbersome skin problems, such as:
● Oily skin. Oil-based foundations and creamy powders can give your skin an oily appearance that detracts from the healthy, beautiful glow you are seeking to achieve. Water-based foundations and loose powders are better at creating smoother, fresher results, and proper cleansing and moisturizing can address oily or dry skin.
● Dry skin. Some foundations and powders can dry out skin, making it look flaky and dull and causing it to itch. Other foundations and powders can cause cracks and fine wrinkles which can lead to infection, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
● Clogged pores and acne. Makeup does not automatically lead to clogged pores and acne, as proven by those individuals who wear makeup never get even a single pimple. However, individuals who already have blemishes can find that wearing makeup exacerbates this problem. This is because pimples result from hair follicles that are clogged with oil, dead skin cells and adverse bacterial activity and makeup can further clog pores and hair follicles.
● Allergies. Some makeup products contain preservatives, fragrances and other ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions like contact dermatitis. Some preservatives, like parabens, have been detected in cancer cells, while the preservative formaldehyde can irritate your eyes and skin.
● Aging. Prolonged use of makeup can lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Many cosmetic manufacturers seek to resolve this problem by creating and selling anti-aging creams and lotions. A far better solution is to carefully select natural makeup products and use them sparingly.
The fact that makeup can have damaging effects on one’s skin does not automatically mean that you have to abstain from using makeup for the rest of their life in order to protect their skin and health. (Whew! I know you must’ve been worried about that.) If you take the time to carefully select natural beauty products and makeup, as well as take good care of your skin, then having fun with wearing makeup is no issue!
The most important thing is that you’re treating your skin right after having worn makeup all day over it. Your skin needs to breathe and as we get older, it needs boosts of the ingredients that our bodies naturally create, though produce less of as we age. The best way to treat our skin is a proper at-home skin care routine and occasional spa treatments! It’s not hard to make sure you wash your face morning and night, use the right serums and moisturizers, a good eye cream to keep wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness away, and apply that SPF!
It can be tricky, however, to maintain this routine when life likes to get in the way of us taking care of our skin. Therefore, venturing to the spa for a beneficial facial should be a must! Our skin is the largest organ of our body and should be pampered – it’s what everyone sees and its main function is to protect the rest of our body on the inside! So, check out Botanica Day Spa’s facial services and let us help you minimize and counter the potentially harmful effects of regular makeup use.
Call us today at 727-441-1711 to book your appointment now!