The ritual of removing your makeup makes some sigh in exhaustion. For many, it’s easier to cheat and just leave it until the morning. Doing that once in blue moon may be okay.
When you make a habit out of it or regularly do a half-assed job, that’s when you suffer the consequences. What starts out as annoying side-effects can easily become life-threatening.
Makeup Causing Eye Problems
Your eyes are the most sensitive part of your face. Failing to remove your makeup on a regular basis can mean anything from mild to serious consequences.
Particles in Your eyes
Anything that comes in contact with the corners of your eye will more than likely result in irritation. Particles from eye shadow, mascara, eye liner or (and especially) glitter can get in your eyes and give you no end of hell.
Ever had bloodshot eyes from having your eye irritated by contacts or even lint? You know how ‘fun’ that can be. Sometimes it feel like little needles grazing the back of your eyes every time you blink or move your eyes Knowing that glitter sticks to anything, having that near your eyes is asking for problems.
Eyelash Wear & Tear
You don’t think about it as you’re doing it. The continuous pulling of your eyelashes when applying mascara can lead to thinner eyelashes. Of course, that may cause you to wear false eye lashes, which can lead to eye irritation, thanks to the glue it uses.
Growths on Your Eyes
Meibomian glands, oil-producing glands in the eyelids, become clogged. This leads to inflammation which causes a bump on your eyelid called a chalazion (pronounced kuh-lay-zee-on). Now, a cyst is different from a stye.A stye can be internal or external and is mostly the result of a staphylococcus infection. You can get it from being in contact with someone already sick with staph. Or you can also get it from old makeup or improperly removed makeup, which can be a feeding source for bacteria. Again, they’re similar, but not the same.
You Could Develop Acne
As mentioned in a previous post, acne is associated with oily skin because excess sebum can clog pores causing pimples, blackheads, and more. The same concept applies to makeup. When you don’t clean off your makeup regularly, residue can clog pores leading to pimples and blackheads.
Dry Your Lips Out
Many people know that licking your lips eats away the protective layer and can lead to dry lips. What’s not common knowledge is that certain lipsticks, matte lipsticks, for example, dry lips out. That’s the look they create, right? But when you don’t take off your lipstick properly, they get stained, chapped, cracked and painful.
Poor Makeup Removal Dries Skin
Think of it this way: makeup is covering. If you don’t remove it completely, it builds up residue that prevents your skin care products from doing their job, including moisturizing your skin. It’s that simple…
…But Things Can Get REALLY Bad
A woman picked at something she thought was an irritating pimple. It’s a normal reaction for anyone. For her, that one act turned into a nearly life-threatening case of cellullitis. The cause: Dirty makeup brushes.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection (streptococcus or staphylococcus) of the skin as well as the tissue beneath it. It’s treatable but can become worse if the bacteria spreads and is untreated. In the case of this woman, her facial irritation happened within hours and was painful enough to require an emergency room visit.
Cellulitis is manageable but because this was on her face as well as the speed of the spread, she risked infecting her eyes (blindness) and brain (death). This is one of the reasons why skin care professionals tell you not to burst pimples because if it’s a bacterial infection, it could become, to quote the woman, “serious sh*t.”
What To Know About Removing Makeup
There’s a misconception, perhaps subtle, to use the same brush over and over isn’t big deal. Maybe it’ll sterilize itself of won’t hold any of the bad stuff to cause problems. Or to use the same makeup you used a year ago won’t cause any problems. It’s not like you’re sharing it with anyone else, right?
Here’s what those who don’t think it’s a big deal need to remember: organic matter breeds and feeds bacteria.
The minute you use a brush with your skin, you expose that brush to the bacteria and oils on your skin. Yes, that means dry skin, because despite the name, dry skin produces oil as well. By using that brush over and over. Bacteria feast on the oil and dead skin on the brush and in the makeup as well.
Having a clean brush is one thing but remember, you dipped the brush in the makeup repeatedly so there was transference. Closing the compact only helps the situation because the bacteria has an even better breeding ground.
If you want your skin safe and to minimize the chance of irritation or worse, follow some common sense rules.
Get New Makeup Brushes Periodically
There are those who love their makeup brushes to the point where they worry about “hurting” them. But they, too, have expiration dates. If your brush is misshapen or is shedding, it’s time to get new ones.
If your brushes are in great shape but the handle is cracked or the ferrule is loose, get new ones. Why? Remember what I said about bacteria? They can reside in the nooks and crannies of busted makeup brushes.
If your brushes are in good shape, no cracks and you use them every day, invest in good brush cleaner for less than $30 that’ll automate that cleaning process. But that’s not the last step.
Remember to sanitize your brush cleaner as well.
What you use to clean your brushes also needs to disinfected or it will spread bacteria.
Remove Makeup Completely Everyday
Obvious, right? And that’s what makes it so easy to overlook. For some types of makeup, your regular cleanser may need some help and that’ll take additional time.
Yes, you’re exhausted and the first thing you want to do is eat or sleep now because that stuff can stay until later. Just five more minutes before bed can save you the cost of over-the-counter and/or prescription remedies.
Find some great non-comedogenic products that you can use that contain herbs like Ginger or even Garlic (deodorized). Both of these are excellent antibacterials and natural healers.
Be Kind to Your Eyes
The eyes are both the windows to your soul and the teller of your age. The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive and needs extra special care. You dry it out too much and you’ll exacerbate lines around your eyes. Pick the wrong remover and you’re in irritation hell, just as when you got some makeup in your eye.
For mascara especially the waterproof stuff, go for anti-inflammatory, like tea tree oil. It’s an herb that soothes, smooths, moisturizes, and heals.
Make Sure To Remove Lipstick, Too
Matte lipstick, for example, is terrible to take off because it’s meant to be waterproof, sometimes smear proof and, in some cases, can stain your lips. As with your eyes, you’ll want to go oil-based to make sure you not only get every bit of it off. When you’re ready for bed, moisturize your lips overnight with coconut oil or shea butter, for example.
Proper removal of makeup is as much about making sure the process is less traumatic as it is about good hygiene.
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