Most of us are pretty set in our ways when it comes to our beauty routine. Day after day, we go through the same process, with the same products, rinsing and repeating (literally) in an endless cycle. But how often do you stop to think about all of the things you do (or don’t do) that could be harming your skin? Here’s a rundown of some common makeup habits that could be ruining your skin.
Holding On To Products That Are Past Their Prime
Makeup is notorious for harboring bacteria, particularly brushes, mascara, and items that you handle excessively. Be sure to comb through your stash regularly and throw out old, expired, and unused makeup. Pay close attention to products that have a foul odor or those with a noticeable change in texture or consistency. Keeping old makeup around is just a recipe for disaster and unwanted skin flare-ups.
Not Cleaning Your Brushes And Applicators
Speaking of disasters, your makeup brushes and beauty blenders are probably teeming with all sorts of bacteria. From laying around on your bathroom counters to being handled (your hands have a ton of germs too), to mixing with the dirt and oils from your face, you’re asking for trouble and quite possibly a pimple or two. Avoid these and other potential issues by cleaning your makeup brushes regularly. Use a mild soap or a brush cleaner at least once a week to keep germs at bay.
Sleeping In Your Makeup
In addition to makeup and oils, your skin is also exposed to dirt and pollution on the daily. If you don’t take the time to wash your makeup off every night, you’ll run the risk of irritating your skin, exacerbating clogged pores, and setting the stage for breakouts. So, do your skin a favor and be sure to wash your makeup off before heading off to dreamland.
Washing Your Face Too Much
While washing your face is crucial for a glowing complexion, it is possible to overdo it. Overwashing your skin can be just as harmful as not washing it at all. Remember that your skin has natural oils that you want to keep balanced. Over-washing can strip these oils, and leave your face vulnerable to irritation and pollutants.
Skipping Out on Sunscreen
Sun damage can happen 365 days a year, and overexposure to damaging UV rays can lead to fine lines, premature wrinkling, and possibly even some types of skin cancer. Be sure to protect your skin (even on cloudy days) and incorporate sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 into your daily skincare routine.
Sharing Your Makeup
Sure, you want to rescue your best friend when she forgets her mascara or compact at home. But honestly, it’s just not worth the risk. Sharing makeup puts you at risk for everything from acne to cold-sores to eye infections. Keep it sanitary, keep it safe, and don’t share your makeup.
We love our makeup, and we love clear, glowing skin - there’s no rule that says you can’t have both! Just do what you can to protect your skin. Be sure to clean your makeup tools and accessories regularly, don’t share, and don’t forget the sunscreen.