With your gorgeous summer glow long gone, it’s only natural to want to add a little brightness to your face with makeup. You may not think about swapping to cleaner makeup products, but your skin has just as much of a propensity to absorb ingredients in cosmetics as it does in your skincare. This is why it’s still a good idea to make conscious choices when using makeup, too. Try to avoid these ingredients in your makeup:
Makeup Expirations: When to Toss
There’s no good time to contract a bacterial infection, but pregnancy has got to be the absolute worst time. Some bacteria lurkingin makeup can cause serious infections, especially if the product is used on an open cut, like a picked-at zit, or comes into contact with the mucous membranes of the eyes or nose. As a general rule, if you’ve had any makeup product for longer than a year or it looks or smells weird, toss it in the trash. Using the following list, take an inventory of your collection and determine whether it’s time to break up with some of your makeup.
- Mascara: The mascara wand loves to attract bacteria before it gets deposited back into the tube. Replace your mascara every two to three months.
- Eyeliner: Replace liquid liner about every three months. Just like mascara, liquid liners love to host bacteria. A pencil liner will last much longer, since you’re sharpening it and thus removing the area exposed to bacteria. Make sure you keep the lids on your pencils when not in use. Another good habit is to sharpen the pencil frequently to shave off any portion of your pencil that may have been exposed to harmful bacteria. If your eyeliner hardens to the point where it’s difficult or even a bit painful to apply, that’s a clear sign that the product has dried out because it’s old or the cap didn’t fit snuggly. Either way, it’s time to shop for a new one.
- Lipstick: Do not share your lip colors with others and keep the lid securely on your product to keep it as clean as possible. Although lipstick usually lasts up to two years, if yours starts to smell odd or changes texture, dispose of it and move to a new tube. When sampling lip colors at the cosmetics counter, use the stick part of a cotton swab to gently remove the top and sides of the lip color. Dispose of the color you gently removed and then, with a clean stick, shave a bit of color off and use your fingertip or an unused tester brush to apply the color.
- Foundation: Most foundation—except for powder formulations— are packed with water and thus provide a perfect place for bacteria to form. It’s important to store your liquid foundations in a cool, dry place and to buy a new one every six to twelve months.
- Face powder: Unless it contains water—and most do not—face powder can last a long time. Still, it’s recommended to get a new one after one year, especially if you’re not diligent about cleaning your makeup brushes.
- Blush: Powder blushes can last up to one year if you take care of them. The best way to keep your powder blushes free of ick is to keep your makeup brushes clean. It’s recommended that you clean your brushes once a week to rid the bristles of caked-on makeup, oil, and bacteria. Wash them with a mild cleanser and let them dry thoroughly. Regular washing will keep your brushes soft, and your makeup will stay clean and be easier to apply. If you don’t clean your brushes often, oil from your face transfers to the brush and then onto your blush. This can cause a layer of film to gather on the surface of your product, making it difficult for your blush brush to grab any of the blush.
- Concealer: Creamy stick and powder concealers can last up to two years, while liquid ones should be tossed after one year.
Pregnancy-Safe Makeup Tip: Wash Your Face
One of the most important tips when it comes to makeup is making sure to wash it off before you go to bed! When you sleep in your makeup, your pores can become clogged and lead to an acne breakout. When you wash your face free of makeup, you’re also improving your skin’s overall health and reducing inflammation. Try the Belli Skincare Acne Facial Wash, our pure face wash that leaves skin clean, clear and refined, without over-drying or irritation. It contains lemon peel oil as a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener; antioxidant-rich green tea extract and cucumber; and lactic acid to gently and effectively cleanse and exfoliate skin.