GAH. No, this is not a skin update or product review post. More of a rant if anything. It's about a pet peeve of mine - it really irks me when I see people lecture others about how wearing makeup over your acne is some sinful act...OR if they ask for ways to minimize the look of spots and emphasize (arrogantly I might add) that makeup is not an option blah blah blah.
From my personal experience this is what I've learned -
MAKEUP IS NOT BAD FOR YOUR SKIN.
It's how you go about it which makes it potentially detrimental to your skin. Is that crystal clear?
1 - You've got acne-prone skin? Find makeup that's oil-free. Take it up another notch by finding one that's paraben free and/or synthetic fragrance free. There are SO many foundations out on the market right now there is bound to be one that tickles your fancy. It's just finding what works and you won't know unless you try. You've bought a foundation that's stuffed with silicon? You're gonna have a bad time dude. I steer clear from drugstore foundations. Also, I live in california where sephora/nordstrom have AMAZING return policies...the moment something breaks me out or doesn't work the way I had wanted it to it's going back to the store. Sephora gives generous samples of any product you ask for. The last product I tried was a mattifying primer from BECCA. I know that product was the one breaking me out because I only broke out on my T-zone where it was applied to. Holy crap those breakouts were sparse but MASSIVE. Now I know that primer is no-go for my skin, thanks sephora .___.;;
2 - Properly remove all of your makeup. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even before I was on the regimen my skin did show improvements the moment I started using makeup removing wipes before cleansing. I typically wear full faced foundation to work/school etc. I actually remember the days when my skincare routine was just a cleanser and moisturizer. When I used the witch hazel toner for the first time I was SHOCKED to see how much foundation was still left over even after cleansing my face. To think I would go straight to bed after moisturizing with all that junk still on my skin makes me cringe in my seat right now...EW. So if you're wearing makeup just keep in mind you will most likely need something a bit more than just a cleanser to remove it.
3 - Remove your makeup the moment you come home. This is one of the key things I stick to and have noticed improvements because of it. After a long day at school/work, all I want to go is sit at my computer and browse mindlessly on imgur, sephora, etc and not be bothered LOLS ...but gah! Letting all the makeup sit on my face after 8+hours feels pretty gross and that's enough motivation to get my butt up to take off my makeup.
4 - Let your skin breath whenever it can. Don't wear makeup when you honestly don't need to. Going out for a quick errand? Forget the foundation and EVEN the concealer if you can help it. Just get your errand done and call it a day. I know it's hard to muster up the courage it takes to go out with a bare face but using up your foundation when it's not needed is just...wasteful.
Makeup is awesome. It can be the confidence boost that you need or just a simple daily dose of pampering. To sum it all up, if you're going to wear makeup just make sure it's oil-free, have a decent makeup removing product on your hands and remove it the moment you no longer need to wear it.
I'll end this post with a picture of my dog cause he's tubby and derpy. Look at this fatty, when I told him it was time to go back inside he flops on over and demands me to carry him back in. LAZY. Anyway, see you guys later!