Do you know what you’re doing when it comes to your daily makeup routine? We’re not expecting you to contour like Kim Kardashian, but it’s always good to know what you’re doing right (and wrong) in the name of beauty.
What if we told you that some of your everyday beauty habits could be doing your complexion more harm than good?
Below are 4 bad makeup habits to break right now:
1. Sleeping in your makeup
Just when you thought this was old news, it turns out that many of you are still snoozing in your makeup. In an interview with Refinery29, board-certified dermatologist and skin care professional Dennis Gross, MD, gives the skinny on why going to bed with a “full face on” is a huge no no:
“... Sleeping in makeup is "one of the biggest mistakes" a woman can make where her skin is concerned. Doing so can block pores, leaving oil trapped inside," he adds. "This leads to bacteria build up, breakouts, and enlarged pores — which are many of the reasons women wear makeup in the first place".
To make your night time makeup removal as effective as possible, DAYSPA Magazine recommends our Rice Milk 3 in 1 Cleansing Water - “... A gluten-free and soy-free vegan formula that cleanses and tones skin while removing makeup and hydrating the complexion and tightening pores”.
2. Exercising in your makeup
First of all, we commend you for making exercise a part of your day. But even though the gym is doing your body good, it might be doing the opposite for your skin. We’re not discouraging you from physical activity altogether, we’re simply asking you to wash your face before hitting the treadmill.
In an interview with Vogue Beauty, professional facialist Debbie Thomas explains that exercising in makeup can be just as bad as sleeping in it.
"Your skin needs to breathe - during a good workout... Mix in sweat, heat and open pores and over time the skin will become blocked. Not everyone will get spots, but most will get blackheads coupled with dulling and possible uneven skin texture".
3. Not using an SPF Moisturizer
To make it clear, makeup does NOT mean sun protection (unless you’re wearing a foundation or mineral powder that contains SPF). When you’re powdering your complexion in the mornings, make sure to apply an SPF moisturizer first to protect against sun damage. For coverage and protection all in one, try our Sun Defense Minerals. Paris-based makeup artist to the stars, Bruno Segni, also recommends our Cocoa Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 32:
“I really like Éminence products. They’re great quality. This works on most skin types and I love that it has a built-in SPF”
4. Not checking expiry dates
When did you buy that clumpy mascara you’re still using? If you’re asking yourself that question, it’s probably time to buy a new one. We can’t stress enough how important it is to check expiry dates on cosmetics, especially on products that you’re using around your sensitive eye area. As a general rule, you should be purchasing new mascara every three months (Women's Health). Any longer than that and it’s likely that your mascara will harbor a number of icky bacteria.
Are there any “makeup mistakes” that we missed? Tell us in the comments below.
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