This is the time of year when people are making and breaking New Year’s resolutions. It is important to look at every aspect of your life. That includes keeping yourself healthy and happy. Did you know that your cosmetics can also impact how you feel? This is not just about self-esteem, it is about keeping your makeup hygienic to prevent eye infections and skin irritations. It is time to kiss your old bad habits good-bye. We put together our tips so that you can enjoy your makeup collection in 2020:
I will remove my makeup before going to bed
This seems basic, but a lot of people still go to bed with a full face of makeup on and wake up looking like a zombie. Taking your makeup off and washing your face takes under 5 minutes. Remove your shadows, liners and mascara with an eye makeup remover that is formulated for use in the eye area. If you wear a full face of makeup, use a makeup wipe (we like Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes) or a reusable makeup remover pad with an eye-safe cleanser like Cetaphil. You can then wash your face as you normally would with your favourite cleanser. It takes just a few minutes and will help you have healthier skin.
I will wash my makeup brushes weekly
Makeup brushes help with application but are breeding grounds for bacteria. They get loaded up with oily makeup residue from liquid makeup like foundations, dead skin cells and bacteria. Taking a few minutes each week to clean your brushes will not only result in a smoother application, but may help prevent eye infections and breakouts. Use a silicon pad with a variety of textures and a mild, unscented soap or baby shampoo to clean your brushes.
I will throw out my mascara every three months
Before you ask, the answer is yes, you really need to throw mascara out every three months. It has a very short shelf-life once you open it. If it smells funny or is clumpy, throw it out even sooner. Mascara is another breeding ground for bacteria. Keep you product tightly capped and avoid pumping the wand in and out. Finally, never, ever share your mascara or any eye makeup with anyone.
I will throw away lipsticks that smell off
Lipstick has a longer shelf-life than mascara but doesn’t last forever. An easy way to tell if your lipstick has gone bad is to smell it. If it has a rubbery or crayon-like odor, it is time to throw the lipstick away. If you notice that the appearance of the product has changed (gooey, white spots, etc.) then you should declutter it. Finally, if you have a cold sore or another lip infection, toss the lipstick – you can always buy a new one if you loved the colour.
I will not use foundation and concealers that have started to separate
When your foundation and concealers have started to separate, look oily or smell rancid, then you need to stop using them. It is as simple as that. If you use a powder foundation or a cream foundation that comes with a sponge, make sure to wash the applicator weekly. Finally, extend the life of your products by closing the caps tightly and keeping them out of direct sunlight.
I will not share my makeup
We get it, you have an impressive collection. Your friend(s) may not have as much as you or you may be getting ready with your BFF and she loves your eyeshadow or lipstick and wants to try before she buys. Politely say no. This as as much for them as it is for you. They may have an eye infection or cold sore, and you don’t need to share that or vice versa.
Make 2020 the year that you say yes to good makeup hygiene.