Makeup is a great way to enhance your natural beauty and to improve self-confidence.
It’s also a great way to express your personality and display your creativity through different colors and shading techniques.
Since your skin is a highly absorbent organ, you need to be careful about what you cover it with. Many of the chemicals found in makeup and skin care product can actually damage your skin in the long term and accumulate in your fatty tissues.
Plus, since your skin also expels toxins through your sweat glands, it actually shouldn’t be covered by products, even all-natural ones, for long periods of time. When your pores become clogged with makeup, you might start to experience blackheads and acne.
Additionally, cleansing the skin before applying makeup and scrubbing it clean at the end of the day can strip away your skin’s protective natural oils and contribute towards dry patches and redness.
Long-term use of cosmetic products can cause irreversible damage. For example, pore strips actually enlarge pores and make them more visible (1). Other products, like acne cream and facial cleanser, can cause dermatitis and facial burns (2).
Daily use of mascara, false lashes, and eyebrow gel and pencil can even result in thinner brows and lashes that are pulled out from the follicles when you remove your makeup at the end of the day.
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The cosmetic industry isn’t regulated like food and drugs are, so “all-natural’ and “dermatologist-recommended” cosmetics aren’t necessarily true to their labels. If you still want to wear makeup on special occasions, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s Skin Deep database to find out which products are safest to use. You can also make your own cosmetics using natural ingredients like charcoal, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and clay.