Wearing makeup every day can take a lot out of your skin. So we asked our Skin Therapists what we should keep in mind when putting on our face.
- Exfoliate and hydrate your skin
Good skin is the true foundation for great makeup. Every time that you put on makeup, you're allowing it to enter your pores. For this reason, it's important to exfoliate and free up what is seeping in. Once you're done with this, you then need to give your skin the hydration it needs to rebuild itself. One of our favorite exfoliants is the Oat Cleansing Facial Polish from Naturopathica because of how soothing the oats are for your skin. It also has jojoba beads which are a gentle, all-natural exfoliant that won't run the risk of scraping your skin (like that infamous apricot walnut shell stuff).
- You need to clean your tools, often and a thoroughly
Our Skin Therapist, Lakeisha, who is a makeup artist, says that it is incredibly important to be cleaning your makeup tools, especially if you're prone to breakouts. To wash your brushes she recommends first misting your brushes with 70% isopropyl alcohol, then wetting the bristles with lukewarm water and use a baby shampoo to clean by making circles with the brush in the palm of your hand, rinse until no shampoo is left. When you are done, squeeze out all of the water and make sure you lay your brushes flat to dry. If water gets into the handle, it can cause rust or result in hairs falling out over time. This should be done once a week.
Another item to think about are your compact sponges. You should be replacing these once a month. If that seems unrealistic, then you should really be cleaning these after each use. To clean, you'll need a ziplock bag and some baby shampoo. Start by putting your sponge and a 1:2 ratio of soap to water mixture in the bag. From there you can rub some of the product out of your sponge. Try not to squeeze it or puncture the bag as this could damage the sponge. Empty the bag and repeat as needed until water comes out clean.
And finally that beauty blender. Just buy the cleanser that they sell with it!
- Keep an eye on your products' expiration dates
Because makeup does not have to go through the FDA to go to market, they do not have to have expiration dates listed. But that does not mean that these products don't expire. In fact, most makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria that you then are transferring to your face. Here is some advice to go by: First, check to see if your product happens to have an expiration date listed. The way to find it is to look for a small container image like this one. The number that is in it corresponds to how long you can use it. For example, "12M" is 12 months, "6M" is 6 months, and so on. Should that not be there, here are some rules of thumb:
Powder face makeup like blush and eyeshadow can last up to two years if not cracked or broken. Liquid face makeup, on the other hand, is good for about six months. Items like lipstick, lip liner and brow pencils have about a year but may need to be thrown away sooner if you have not been keeping caps on them and they are drying. Speaking of caps, your mascara and your eyeliner are only okay for three months due to how quickly bacteria can grow in these dark, wet environments. An easy way to remember this is, "near my eyes, then bye".
- Don't sleep with your makeup on
If you're anything like us, then when you're exhausted, it can be tempting to just pass out right when you get home. We're here to figuratively wake you up off the couch and nudge you to wash off your makeup. Your skin works overtime while you sleep, pulling in whatever you put on before you go to bed. This includes all the moisture (aka oil!) from your makeup, thus drying out your skin and filling your pores with debris, which can lead to breakouts. No, thank you!
- Don't use makeup remover wipes as cleansers
Makeup remover wipes flaunt that they're so good that you don't even need a cleanser, but this isn't true. It is okay to use them as a first clean, but you should follow it up with a true, deeper cleanser. We talked to our Skin Therapist, Heidi, about why.
- Don't skip your sunscreen because of your makeup
Surprise! You still need to wear sunscreen, even when you wear makeup. I know this sounds like a bummer because it's like, how does this not slide everywhere? How do I even reapply? So firstly, a good rule of thumb is that you need to use half a teaspoon of sunscreen on your face. Apply it after your moisturizer or you can also use a moisturizer and sunscreen hybrid like Prevention + SPF 50 Daily Matte Moisturizer from Image. Do not, however, rely on makeup that has sunscreen in it, because this often doesn't go on evenly and comes off throughout the day.
Now about that reapplying...Lakeisha recommends keeping the Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary SPF 50 from Supergoop in your bag to reapply sunscreen without messing up your makeup. So easy!
- Think your makeup is the culprit? Let us take a closer look
If you're worried that a makeup product you're using is affecting your skin, bring it in! You and your Skin Therapist can look through the ingredient list together and see if there is any reason you should be moving on from that OR to get to the bottom of what might be happening.