Is All that Compound Doing more Damage than Good?

How does makeup affect our skin?

What effects wearing makeup has on your face may depend on the type of products you use. In fact, the key to protecting your skin may lie in understanding the various cosmetic brands, the quality of their products, and what type of chemicals (if any) are being soaked up by your pores. Oil-based makeup can cause or worsen such problems as acne scars, because of the bacteria and contamination oil attracts as it settles into your skin. For this reason, prevention requires daily cleansing using products designed to break up oily residue while restoring moisture.

How Makeup Ages Your Face

Dryness, caused by foundation, may produce tiny wrinkles which leads to possible infection and the appearance of premature aging. Makeup can age your skin in a number of other ways as well. Wearing too much, on a continual basis, can prevent skin from tanning properly, which may cause areas of your face to appear slightly bleached. However, this goes back to choosing the right products. Bismuth Oxychloride, which is marketed as a natural ingredient in mineral cosmetics, has been under some scrutiny because of the complex series of processes it undergoes in order to become applicable to the face. The concern, especially for women who have sensitive skin, is that it irritates, clogs pores, and leads to peeling.

Regulations Aren’t Enough

Although regulations have been established to ensure the safety of cosmetic products, many people have raised concerns about the rigidness of FDA standards. Demonizing all makeup would be overkill, since some people have worn it their entire lives with no negative effects to show. On the other hand, plenty of reports have demonstrated the dangerous side affects of various cosmetics, especially when applied incorrectly to certain types of skin. Keep in mind chemicals, like formaldehyde and methylparaben, which are used in some cosmetics, have been linked to cancer and allergy problems.

Safeguarding What Matters

Wearing makeup only occasionally and washing and moisturizing can go a surprisingly long way. The movement to ditch makeup for good has been slowly gaining momentum over the past few years, thanks to the recent boost from well-known celebrities. Although no one can guarantee that makeup will have adverse effects, going without it is likely to promote healthier, cleaner skin.

Resources & Further Reading:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/160667-what-are-the-effects-of-makeup-on-the-skin/
http://www.prevention.com/beauty/foundation-makeup-mistakes-age-you
http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/makeup-harmful-skin-1036461
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/your-makeup-aging-you#1
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