If you’re experiencing one or more of the side effects listed below, it’s time to do something about it.
1. Clogged Pores
If you’re using makeup on a regular basis and not washing it off, there are chances that your pores get clogged. Clogging pores doesn’t allow your skin to breathe, making it prone to acne, bumps and other facial skin problems.
2. Dry or Oily Skin
Makeup products that do not suit your unique skin type can make your skin drier or oilier. Find out what skin type you have, and buy your eco-friendly makeup accordingly.
Regular usage of makeup can trigger more frequent breakouts. Skin experts agree that those with acne-prone skin should limit their makeup usage. Applying less makeup can improve your skin’s health and reduce blackheads.
4. Color Changes
Wearing makeup everyday has side effects. Sleeping with makeup through the night can cause serious damage to your skin. Free radicals can affect collagen which weakens your skin and leads to changes in skin color.
5. Eye Infections
*The area around your eyes and your eyelid is thin and delicate. Any kind of irritant in your eye makeup can cause severe harm to your eyes, and can lead to an eye infection.
6. Premature Aging
One of the important things you can do to maintain your skin’s health is protecting it from sun damage. When you forget to apply sunscreen before applying makeup, you expose your skin to sun damage. Leaving makeup on for a longer period of time can result in premature aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
7. Allergic Reaction
While some makeup products look similar, ingredients vary from one brand to another. Products with harmful chemicals like paraben and SLES can cause allergic reactions.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Ingredients like formaldehyde, coal tar, arsenic, silica and chromium are known to be carcinogenic.
How To Prevent The Side-Effects of Makeup:
1. Buy Smart
Every skin type is unique. Learn about your skin type and buy products that suit your skin and do not cause an allergic reaction. Check the label – If you’re unsure, do a patch test using a tester product.
Those with oily skin may think moisturizing makes their skin oilier but such is not the case. Moisturizing helps you maintain the protective barrier on your skin. This can save you from toxins, dryness, redness and flaky skin.
3. Use Sunscreen
Sun damage causes early aging of your skin. Apply sunscreen before you apply any makeup product. If you’re not comfortable with sunscreen, use a moisturizer and foundation that provides sun protection.
- If this isn’t enough to convince you to protect your skin with eco-friendly and sustainable products, then you haven’t done your homework. The science is real, and the toxins are known to cause harm. Be safe, be wise, be smart. The environment needs your help, and this is one of the ways in which to protect our precious Mother Earth!
*The Food and Drug Administration advises checking ingredients before using any eye makeup. Avoid using harmful chemical-based products. Eye make up products can also trigger dark circles if they are not removed before bed or if worn for a long period of time.