Is makeup bad for your skin? Makeup does some great things--like improving our confidence, and some bad things--like affecting our health.
How? Makeup often contain ingredients that may not be the best for our health to use on a regular basis.
If you are someone who cares about their skin health but also loves makeup, I invite you to read through the 5 key points on why your makeup could be harmful for you.
Can Makeup Be Harmful?
Makeup is something that we wear to enhance our personal appearance and self-esteem and many of us will probably never ditch it.
The word makeup generally describes the cosmetics we use for beautification. I am happy to see that more and more women start to care about what's inside their beautification kit (foundation, mascara, lipstick, etc.)
I used to choose my makeup based only on factors like shades, colors, coverage, thickness and so on. The makeup brand was also important, as I though the more I pay, the better the product is.
After I finally managed clear my acne after years of struggles, I became so conscious about everything I put on my skin including my makeup. I started reading the labels and looking up the ingredients of mascaras, eye-shadows, concealers, foundations and lipsticks. It turned that the big brands that I trusted and considered offering only superior quality makeup, use compounds that can make my skin age faster and give me acne.
Since we are all different, have different skin types, different skin conditions and allergies, it can be hard to distinguish what is good and bad makeup. However, it is no secret that the most common cause for allergies comes from preservatives, parabens, artificial fragrances and colors.
Below are 5 key points that will help you determine whether your makeup is bad for you or not:
Is makeup bad for your skin? - KEY POINT 1
Does Your Makeup Contain Artificial Fragrances?
For me scent used to be very important. Let's take the food for example- if doesn't smell good, I don't eat it.
Same with my lipstick - it has to smell good, preferably delicious...
And this is very common among cosmetic products' users. Sometimes we think that what determiners the products' worthiness is whether it looks or smells good.
Unfortunately, intense fruity, flowery scents, often owe their beautiful aroma to a mixture of chemicals. And these chemicals can be inhaled throughout the day by people who wear those beauty products.
Consequences of using products with artificial aromas
Artificial aromas can be very dangerous for the body. This study has linked them to cancer, nervous system disorders and allergies.
When using such makeup products, not only do we inhale these chemicals into our lungs, we also expose our skin to them. Therefore when choosing beauty products, it's best to opt in for makeup that is based on natural ingredients.
Is makeup bad for your skin? - KEY POINT 2
Does Your Makeup Contain Harsh Chemicals?
Substances like parabens and phthalates are extensively used in skin care, hair care and makeup. According to this study from 2010, both are linked to cancer and type II diabetes.
Although the makeup products using those substances like sulfates and mineral oil may be effective for improving complexion appearance, this is only temporarily. Due to the chemicals they contain, some makeup products can be very harsh on the skin and may promote irritation and allergic reaction. And this is definitely not going to help one's skin looks its best.
Choosing a brand that does not rely on chemicals to create texture or coverage, you will prevent dry and dull skin in the short run and more serious conditions like rosacea and eczema in the long run.
Is makeup bad for your skin? - KEY POINT 3
Does Your Makeup Contain Synthetic Colorants?
What are synthetic colorants?
Synthetic colorants, a.k.a. artificial colors, are chemical additives that change the shade of eye shadows, foundations, blushes, powders, lipsticks, mascaras, etc. These colorants are often made from a variety of synthetic chemicals. Even when carefully reading the ingredients' label, it can be extremely difficult to know exactly what you’re exposing your skin to.
The impact of artificial colors on your skin
The toxins that artificial colors contain increase your risk of sensitivity and irritation. They can also clog your pores, which leads to a greater risk of acne. Those chemicals can be absorbed into your body, where they can cause even greater damage. Some dyes are associated with cancer, allergic reactions and hyperactivity.
Unfortunately, there aren't many regulations and restrictions on the types of dyes that can be added to makeup products. If you’re dedicated to avoid them, you should look for natural makeup.
Do you wonder what are the alternatives of synthetic colorants? In natural makeup, for primary colors, you’ll find ingredients like beet root powder, pomegranate powder, turmeric powder, etc.
Is makeup bad for your skin? - KEY POINT 4
Is Your Makeup Comedogenic?
Is makeup bad for your skin? Are you suffering often from acne and blemishes? Well, you might have found the reason?
Those of us suffering from acne are most likely aware with the notions comedogenic and non-comedogenic. Basically comedogenic makeup are all products that may trigger comedones.
Acne in general is the result of bacteria, excess sebum and dead skin clogging your pores. Comedogenic products simply contribute the process of clogging the pores.
Some brands have made their makeup to last longer on the skin, meaning these products will sink deeper into the skin, making it harder to remove. Look for makeup labeled "non-comedogenic" as it is less likely to clog pores and contribute to acne. Moreover, look out for makeup made of natural ingredients and free from mineral oil.
Regardless of the brand and type of makeup you use, remember to double cleanse your face at the end of the day. Makeup and sunscreen are made to stay, so do take the time do dissolve and rinse them properly.
Is makeup bad for your skin? KEY POINT 5
Is Your Makeup Irritating Your Skin?
Is makeup bad for your skin? And if so, what could be the most obvious reason for this? Is your skin irritated after using your mascara, foundation or blush? You have the answer then.
Your skin is your biggest organ and has the ability to absorb certain nutrients. The skin has a protective barrier which to some extent is able to keep dangerous substances out of the body. Unfortunately when this barrier is damaged (sometimes because of acne), it can't protect you from all aggressors.
If it happens that your eyes start to cry right after you put on some mascara or that your skin get dry after you've had foundation on your face, or if your lips get chapped even though your lipstick is 'nourishing'...
You should consider swapping these pieces of makeup with some non-toxic, natural organic ones.
Imagine how much better it would be if instead of harming and damaging your skin, your makeup is actually nourishing it.
Of course this shouldn't be interpreted literally. The idea is that you can find makeup brands that use natural ingredients like extracts of white tea, grapes, rose water, fruit pigmentation, cocoa butter, shea butter...
Options are endless. These kind or products are not only innocently safe but they also provide antioxidant protection to keep the youthful look of your skin.
So Is Makeup Bad for Your Skin?
The main reason we use makeup is because we want to look pretty, right? How can it be beautifying to use a product that is rough to the skin and make it look tired and dull? The temporary beauty and satisfaction you can get from using makeup that is not natural comes at a cost: your future beauty.
Is makeup bad for your skin? This is something for you to determine yourself. Use the 5 key points above to find out whether your makeup is doing more harm than good. If the answer is yes, consider doing your own research, take your skin type and needs into account, and find a natural makeup brand.
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1. Crinnion, Walter J. "Toxic effects of the easily avoidable phthalates and parabens." Alternative Medicine Review 15, no. 3 (2010).
2. Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants - US Environmental Agency Protection' website