You have made a commitment to treating your face right by purchasing a deep cleansing milk, and exfoliating product, and an all-natural moisturizer. Are your purchases enough? That depends on your skincare regimen. Far too many women invest a lot of money in skincare products only to discover they do not get the results they were hoping for. But in many cases, it’s not the products. It is their makeup.
Makeup is a mixed bag of sorts. We use makeup to create a better appearance that gives us the confidence to be who we want to be. And yet, not approaching makeup the right way can lead to underlying problems that only require more makeup to cover. Improperly using makeup can lead to a vicious cycle that takes a tremendous amount of effort to overcome.
Below is a list of five common makeup mistakes and how to avoid them. Get a handle on these five things and your new deep cleansing milk, exfoliation product, and moisturizer will do wonders.
1. Going to Bed with Makeup Still On
Going to bed without removing your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Makeup combines with perspiration, dirt, and bacteria to create the perfect storm for new blemishes. Furthermore, sleep time is time your body uses to renew and regenerate. Makeup-covered skin doesn’t get all the attention it deserves. Leaving your makeup on overnight can leave your skin terribly dehydrated. So don’t do it. Take a few minutes to remove your makeup before lying down for the night.
2. Cleansing with Just a Wipe
Makeup wipes are great products to get the cleansing process started. A good wipe can cut through outer layers of makeup in order to prepare your face for a deeper cleansing. But wipes alone are generally not enough. In fact, just cleansing with a wipe can force makeup deeper into the pores. You need to cleanse more deeply.
3. Cleansing with a Harsh Product
It seems that a lot of women believe they need to cleanse their skin with a harsh chemical that dissolves makeup on contact. Poéthique, a Massachusetts skincare company that has developed its own all-natural deep cleansing milk, agrees that dissolving makeup is a good idea. But they say that harsh chemicals are not necessary.
Cleansing with a harsh product can do more damage to your skin then you know. Poéthique recommends a natural deep cleansing milk instead. A good product made with natural ingredients does a more than adequate job of dissolving makeup without harming delicate skin.
4. Washing with Hot Water
Another myth that seems prevalent among women is that they need extremely hot water to get rid of makeup. Not only is this not true, but it is actually harmful. Hot water removes valuable sebaceous oil from the surface of the skin. This leads to unnecessary dehydration. It is better to wash with warm water and a good, natural cleansing product.
5. Scrubbing the Face Aggressively
Finally, it shouldn’t take a lot of aggressive scrubbing to remove your makeup. If you are scrubbing, you’re also increasing the likelihood that you’ll experience both inflammation and acne. So be gentle instead. That’s the purpose behind products like Poéthique’s deep cleansing milk. You want to deep clean in a way that is gentle so as not to encourage inflammation.
Ladies, we wear makeup for very good reasons. There is no need to stop doing so. But understand that makeup can be damaging to skin if you don’t approach it with the right mindset and a bit of knowledge.