It’s a misnomer that great skin and make-up can’t co-exist. Wearing lots of make-up everyday doesn’t necessarily equal bad skin; in fact, great skin contributes to a flawless finish. Here’s our guide to keeping fantastic skin when wearing make-up regularly.
Of course, great skincare is a must when it comes to great make-up application. After all, an artist needs a great canvas!
Here at Skinstation we believe that make-up should be an accessory, not a necessity. Instead of covering your blemishes and imperfections with make-up, we have a fantastic range of Obagi products, including the Obagi clear range; a simple yet highly effective 3 step system specifically formulated to work together to provide a clinically proven solution to clear your acne. With regular use skin will remain clearer and healthier, meaning your skin is in amazing condition for make-up application.
However, there are important steps that you should take in order to keep your skin healthy and clear, when it comes to make-up application.
Keeping Your Brushes Clean
Cleaning your make-up brushes prevents the spread of infection-causing bacteria, which will prevent spots, acne and infections. Ailments such as conjunctivitis and eye styes can be caused by using dirty make-up brushes.
If you’re properly cleansing and moisturising your face, only to follow up with a sticky, dusty powder brush, you’re painting a week’s worth of dirt, grime and bacteria right back on your face. Plus, if you’re investing money in expensive, quality make-up brushes, regularly cleaning them will keep them in good, useable condition for many years.
If you keep your make-up brushes in the bathroom, you may wish to consider keeping them covered and at least six feet away from the toilet. When you flush, germs from the toilet bowl can travel as far as six feet and a study showed that significant quantities of microbes float around the bathroom for around two hours after every flush.
You should aim to clean your make-up brushes at least once a month. To make an anti-bacterial, softening brush soap at home, get a plate and mix two parts washing up liquid with one part extra virgin olive oil. Wet each brush, and dip in the mixture. Foam them up in your hand, and rinse! Leave make-up brushes to air dry so that they retain their natural flexibility and softness.
Keeping Your Make-Up Bag and Handbag Clean
A swab of a handbag shows up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch. In a study, a third of bags tested positive for faecal bacteria. Handbags come into contact with some horribly dirty places, including public transport, public toilets, and floors.
Clean your bag and make-up bag regularly – a swipe of an anti-bacterial wipe will do just fine!
Throw Away Out-of-Date Products
Due to its moist nature, mascara has the lowest shelf life of just three months. Bacteria can breed quickly in mascara, meaning it can cause nasty eye infections if used past its expiry date.
Most cosmetics do have the expiry date written on them, usually in the form of how many months they can be used after opening.
Eyeliner can last up to two years, whilst liquid foundation is usually around the 12-month mark.
Emma Leslie, Beauty Editor at Escentual.com said: “We’re all guilty of clinging on to lip and eye colours in the hope they come back into fashion but make-up can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria like staphylococcus aureus and staphylococcus epidermis.”
Did you know that you can catch herpes from sharing make-up?
The herpes simplex virus can easily be spread from mouth to mouth by sharing contaminated lipsticks. Bear this in mind when you are tempted to sneak a slick of lippy from a tester in a store! Be very mindful when letting friends use your make-up, as you can’t always see the herpes simplex virus in the form of a cold sore. Similarly, if you are at the beauty counter and wish to test a product, don’t let an employee swipe you with used lipstick. Instead, ask the sales associate at the beauty counter to cut off the top layer and use a disposable applicator to apply the lipstick to your lips.
Remember that make-up is an accessory, and shouldn’t be a necessity! Obagi products clinically transform dull sun damaged skin, decrease pore size, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and treat mild to moderate acne and pigmentation. If you would like information on our amazing range of skin care products, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Skinstation!