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5 Tips For Preventing Makeup Allergies

Lip color to mascara to highlighters to eyelash curlers there are various products available in the market to pamper your skin so you feel on top of your game. But the process can turn upside down. The makeup you are using on your skin can leave it itchy, red and scratchy. On average most women use makeup on almost a daily basis but when they experience skin issues they usually consider their skin sensitive. This is not the always the case; use of inappropriate products at the different times of the year can lead to skin breakouts. In addition to this lack of knowledge and techniques for how to apply makeup affects your skin too. However, due to their consideration and lack of product knowledge, women may experience a hard time finding a product that will suit their skin best. Well, there is no definite answer to this question as to what product can serve you best. Because sometimes the products that are under your use for years can also cause pimples, redness or allergic reactions to your skin.  Yet we have composed a list of some general tips that can help you avoid makeup allergies in the future.

1. Do Not Share Cosmetics:

Yes, we know sharing is caring but not all the time. The first and foremost rule on your to-do list is not sharing makeup items and implements that touch the skin. I have witnessed many of my high school friends sharing their makeup. But have you ever wondered what your makeup implements go through daily? Let me bring your attention to this by highlighting a few things. Your makeup implements come in touch with chapped lips, popped blemishes and dead skin cells every time you use it on your skin. This is what they touch on your skin. Now just imagine what can get passed on when they come in touch which someone else’s skin. Since there is a strong possibility that these things can be transferred to each other’s skin the situation can become worse if your makeup partner is suffering from any kind of skin issues or allergy. In such a case sharing makeup is equal to risking your skin health as it helps germs to transfer which can lead to skin breakouts and skin or eye infections.

2. Clean Your Makeup Tools:

Cleansing your skin is as important as cleaning your makeup implements. Because dirt, dust and dead skin cells are incorporated in your makeup brushes as the time passes which makes them dirty and also makes them feel rough. This can cause irritation to your skin, redness, and pimples. Therefore, keeping your makeup brushes and other makeup implements very clean is necessary. Try to rinse them with mild facial soaps or a natural brush cleaner at least once per week. Rubbing alcohol can also be used for cleaning brushes or other beauty tools and for killing bacteria if it is present.

3. Always Go For A Patch Test:

Yes! That brand new makeup product looks attractive on the shelf or online and in the package and when you buy it you immediately get the urge to apply it to your face when you get home. Wait! There is an important reason behind this. Applying makeup without doing a patch test can cause harm to your skin. Not every makeup item goes perfectly with everyone’s skin. Therefore, before buying a product always ask for a free sample, if they do not have one try to buy the smallest pack or makes sure they have a money back guarantee so you can return or exchange as needed. After unwrapping it go for a patch test. For that take a small amount of the makeup and apply it for 24 hours at the back of your ear or middle of your elbow or any other part of your skin. If no reaction is caused you are good to go with that product.

4. Pick Makeup Items Wisely:

Makeup goes on your skin for hours; some of us wear it for a whole day. No matter what you choose the risk is always there, as modern day makeup has numerous chemicals added to them that can play as hormone stimulants and that can cause reactions to your skin. Therefore, purchasing the right kind of products sometimes can feel like a chore, and searching around for them can be annoying. Remember! Try to purchase makeup from reputed makeup manufacturers and never compromise quality over quantity. If you are experiencing makeup allergies you need to avoid your current makeup and if you are facing this issue frequently try to buy products that are labeled as hypoallergenic, ‘allergy-tested’ or ‘dermatologist-tested’. These products are specially designed for people who are more prone to skin allergy. These products are not just for your skin sensitivity but they have a wide range of eye-makeup for eye allergy sufferers. These makeup items do not contain irritants like perfumes, parabens, and alcohol to experience beauty without risking your skin health.

5. Proper Makeup Storage:

Store your makeup items as directed on the box. The dirt, heat, and humidity of the environment result in chemical changes in your makeup products that can cause a reaction to your skin. Do not keep them in a spot where the sun rises or gets directly on your makeup nor in the bathroom because the humidity level can damage it. Therefore, always store your makeup in a dry, cool and safe place. In addition, every time you open your makeup germs enter the container. Usually, makeup contains preservatives to kill these germs for up to one year. But as you have heard use proper precaution – it is better to be safe than sorry. So try to cover your makeup products as soon as you finish using them.

Tip: You can clean your makeup between uses by spritzing it with a little bit of rubbing alcohol and then gently wiping the surface.

I hope that the above easy tips were helpful and that using them will help you avoid skin breakouts and irritation from this point on. Please feel free to leave a comment below. 

Guest Author bio:

Juliet is a beauty blogger who loves trying out new makeup and beauty products.  She loves coffee and sushi, and in her free time, she likes listening to pop music. Juliet believes in having gratitude for everything in life. Read her latest posts at ThankYourBeauty.com

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Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.

(1) Comment

  1. I had never thought about how gross sharing makeup is, but you thoroughly shed light upon that. This seems an thing to stop to help avoid makeup allergies. I will have to let my friends know so they stop accidentally causing themselves issues.

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