A friend once said, “If they forbade makeup at the office, I’d immediately quit.”
Tell you the truth, many women feel the same way – not because we wouldn’t be pretty without makeup (obviously!) but because a few touches of this magical powder gives us an incredibly powerful boost of confidence.
Especially so on the days when we’d gone to bed at 4 AM the night before, getting ready for that big Monday presentation (no, sleep is NOT just for the weak!).
But, how much makeup is too much and are there any skin-related dangers to excessive makeup use?
We’ve gathered information from makeup artists, skincare experts, dermatologists and everyday gals like you and us to shed some light on the matter. Let’s see what they had to say
Is Makeup All That Bad for Us?
There’s no singular answer to whether makeup is or isn’t bad for the skin; primarily, it all depends on your skin type and conditions your skin is prone to (i.e., allergies, sensitivities, etc.).
Another factor is the ingredients in the products you use and your diligence in removing the makeup at the end of the day. Certain skin conditions like Couperosis and Rosacea even benefit from the everyday use of makeup, especially during the cold winter days when skin is exposed to the harsh elements.
Mineral makeup seems to be makeup artists’ favorite option because it doesn’t clog pores (aka it stays on the skin’s surface) and it protects the skin against environmental factors.
How Much Makeup Is Too Much?
If you are not diligent in regularly removing makeup, your skin will suffer clogged pores, breakouts, rough skin texture and irritation.
Moreover, the mistreatment of your skin will lead to premature signs of aging and bacterial buildup leaving your skin exposed to bacteria and severe damage to the skin (especially in women over 40).
Too much makeup is everything that’s used in layers, i.e., getting an extra layer of makeup on your skin without having removed the first layer. If you are nurturing your skin with the right creams and lotions that agree with your skin type and you remove the makeup regularly (never sleep with makeup on!), you shouldn’t experience any skin problems.
But, How Do I Know What’s Too Much?
When you apply the first layer of makeup, blot it with a paper tissue to remove any extra makeup or oil.
Your skin should look healthy, glowing, and should be smooth to touch.
When you feel your skin, and there is makeup residue on your fingers, that means you’d applied too much makeup for your skin surface.
The idea when using makeup is to emphasize your face’s features, not overwhelm them. Use makeup to keep your face in its natural shape and beauty and try to use makeup in accents.
Does (Too Much) Makeup Leave Us Vulnerable to Infection?
If you are using cheap, low-quality makeup which isn’t certified, your skin may potentially get infected. Moreover, you should be mindful of keeping your makeup tools clean like your brushes, makeup bag, mascara wands, etc.
If they are not clean, chances are you may become infected with bacteria.
To prevent infections, don’t share makeup tools and products with friends and make sure you toss old makeup.
Also, you can always get the best info on beauty by joining Fab Fit Over 40 crew – we’ll give you the best advice! In the meantime, stay fabulous and steer clear of too much makeup!
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