Oh the horror of it! For years we have used makeup to enhance our looks and even to try and cover up our wrinkles.
Turns out there are a number of reasons using makeup can actually cause wrinkles.
It isn’t so much the makeup but the habits we’ve developed in using the makeup.
How many of these are you guilty of?
Does Wearing Eye Makeup Cause Wrinkles…
That is a yes and no question. If your eye makeup is made up of bad ingredients (see below for more details) then you could be increasing your chance of wrinkles.
However, one of the worst things is being too rough when removing your eye makeup.
The skin around the eye area is very thin and by rubbing too hard you can damage it thus breaking down the collagen resulting in premature wrinkling around the eyes.
There is no need to rub hard when removing eye makeup. If you feel it is necessary to rub, it may be time to:
1. Examine just how much eye makeup you are wearing.
2. Look at the ingredients in your eye makeup. Is it made of good natural things?
3. Upgrade your facial cleanser
Stretching Your Skin to Apply Makeup…
This practice creates wrinkles and is generally frowned upon in the makeup world.
“You should do your makeup how everyone else is going to see you, and hopefully it’s not with your mouth stretched opened and eyebrows lifted so you can put on your mascara,” says makeup artist Donna Kelly.
“Don’t pull on your eyes and stretch them so you can put on your eyeliner. It’s about moving your whole face when you’re applying makeup, not stretching it so it’s flat.”
Not Washing Your Makeup Off…
Besides clogging your pores, sleeping in makeup dries out your skin causing redness and speeds up the aging process leading to premature wrinkles.
Murat Evin, Creative Director at The London School of Make-Up says, “When makeup is not properly removed before bed, it can lead to a collagen breakdown. If collagen cannot be produced properly, your skin ages faster than it is supposed to; drying out, it creates more wrinkles and helps to deepen existing ones.”
Negative Effects of Makeup…
It’s not the wearing of makeup, it is what’s IN it!
So many of today’s cosmetic manufacturers put cheap, chemical ingredients in their skin care products that aren’t good for your skin.
In some cases, these ingredients not only fail to nourish your skin, they can actually worsen its condition, leading to more wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness in the future.
Some ingredients you want your makeup to avoid:
1. Certain alcohols: Too many “anti-aging” skin products have ingredients like SD alcohol, ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and ethyl alcohol. These don’t promote any hydration but instead dry and strip away your skin’s natural oils. This can lead to premature aging and skin irritation.
2. DEA, MEA, TEA: These are ammonia compounds and in addition to potential links to cancer, these too are drying to your skin.
3. Petroleum: I know it sounds odd, but many cosmetics contain it. It is inexpensive and forms a sort of film over the skin. This doesn’t help protect it instead it clogs pores and hinders your skin’s natural ability to cleanse itself. The result is an aging effect that can make fine lines and wrinkles much more visible.
4. Chemical sunscreens: What is supposed to protect your skin may be harming it! Ingredients like oxybenzone, benzophenone-3, and octyl methoxycinnamate can actually encourage free radical damage when exposed to sunrays.
I’ve been a proponent for less is more for a long time. Aging is inevitable. Instead of shouting at the world about it, EMBRACE IT!
That’s the whole point in our Third Age Skin Care Movement… Celebrate your age and embrace your beauty.
While big cosmetic companies continually “invent” products that all do the same thing but want you to buy them separate.
We invite you to explore Third Age Skin Care.