Some common skin care issues can be prevented, or at least made less of an issue, with certain makeup tricks or daily habits. Whether you’ve been dealing with clogged pores, breakouts, redness, or visible pores, there may be a simple solution or way to hide it.
You know the main answer to this one… Wash your face at night! If you’re going to bed with your makeup on, you’re keeping dirt and irritants on your skin and locking moisture out. Not washing your face can lead to dryness, redness, deeper wrinkles, larger pores, and may slow down cell turnover. In other words, it can age your skin more rapidly. There’s an easy solution, though. You don’t need a nightly skincare regimen that takes 20 minutes. In the very least, take the makeup off.
When you go to bed with a clean face the night after sleeping in your makeup, you’re putting your cheek right back on top of the oil and makeup that was left on your pillowcase the night before. Make sure to start with a fresh pillowcase when you make the commitment to wash your face every night going forward.
Of course, we all have those nights where we want to do nothing more than just collapse into bed, when standing at the sink for a whole washing, toning, moisturizing (and maybe even more) routine isn’t a priority. Try keeping makeup removal cloths) or micellar water and cotton rounds right next to your bed. There’s no need to rinse after you use them. Then, on those nights you don’t have the energy to go through your whole nightly routine, you can at least do something to maintain the health of your skin.
Breakouts on Your Jawline and Cheek
Unless you’re a strictly texting-and-speaker-or-earbuds type of phone user, there’s a good chance your phone could be the culprit to those breakouts, thanks to oil and dirt. Regularly use a microfiber cloth to clean your smartphone screen to keep breakouts away. It will work better than paper towels, the edge of a shirt, etc.
While the redness could warrant a visit to the dermatologist (rosacea, for example), there are some things you can switch up in your makeup routine that might help. For example, are you exfoliating too often? Are you using too many acne-fighting or anti-aging products at once? Could your foundation be too drying for your skin or contain ingredients your skin doesn’t particularly like, whether it’s irritation or an allergy that developed over time)?
Try easing off of your skin care routine if it’s intense, doing a light exfoliation no more than three times per week. Get back to basics with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. If you suspect your foundation could be the culprit, consider finding a new one or at least using a foundation primer to create a barrier between it and your face.
Check your products for ingredients like shea butter, acids (alpha hydroxy, lactic, etc), silicones, and fragrances. Not everyone is affected by them, but if you begin experiencing redness with a new product or set of products, revisit the label to look for these and perhaps identify the culprit.
Age and genetics can contribute to visible pores, but regular exfoliation and use of a primer can help camouflage them. While you may not be able to prevent them, you can prevent at least some of their visibility.You can exfoliate with a washcloth and your cleanser. A primer can help create a smoother, more pore-free complexion.
Not all skin care issues are so easily treatable or preventable. If you are experiencing something you can’t find the root cause of, don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist. Some conditions are best managed with the help of a doctor.