It doesn’t take a medical degree to know that there’s nothing prettier or more fashionable than a bright, beautiful complexion. That doesn’t mean makeup can’t enhance your look or draw attention to your favorite features. Let the best version of yourself be the brightest by keeping these five makeup no-no’s in mind when putting your face on each morning.
1. Wearing a full face of makeup every day
Unless you’re Dolly Parton, simplifying your makeup routine can be a good thing. This advice is important to heed because in many cases, too much makeup can make you look older. Heavy foundation and concealer can settle into pores and creases, making delicate lines look like wrinkles under harsh light. When paired together during the day, a dark lip and smoky eye can also create a dated look. Instead, keep your makeup youthful and fresh by choosing one feature to highlight.
2. Using smudgy/flaky mascara
If your mascara flakes after application, it’s a good sign that the tube has expired. Generally speaking, you should discard your opened mascara after about three months, even if there’s still product left. Flaking is a good sign that it’s time to retire your current product, as are watery eyes (which can cause smudging) and irritation.
If you’re looking for a way to get long, dark eyelashes without mascara, consider asking Dr. Doppelt about Latisse. This prescription treatment can help patients grow real, fuller, darker lashes.
3. Using heavy moisturizer under makeup
Unless you have very dry skin, a lightweight lotion or gel is all you need to keep your skin hydrated. Using heavy emollients or moisturizing creams can give your makeup the lubrication it needs to slip and slide into fine lines and creases – especially around the mouth and eyes.
4. Skipping sunscreen
Even if the foundation you wear has an SPF, it’s important to use a designated sunscreen every single day to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. A non-greasy, non-comedogenic formula is a great solution for your face, neck and chest, and can be undetected under makeup.
If you’re looking for a great sunscreen product, try one of Dr. Doppelt’s must-haves: SkinMedica’s Total Defense + Repair. This superscreen also comes in a tinted moisturizer, which is great if you’re looking for something more lightweight than foundation. And be sure to read about the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen right here on our blog.
5. Going to bed without washing off your makeup
It’s something most people are guilty of every once in a while, but making a habit of going to bed without cleansing your face and removing your makeup can wreak havoc on your skin and complexion. Curling up in bed with a face of makeup on can put you at risk of clogged pores and breakouts, irritation and even infection like conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Keep your skin looking great – with and without makeup – by seeing Dr. Doppelt or a member of his staff for a personalized skin-care consultation. They can address your concerns and get you started on a skincare regime that keeps your complexion smooth and clear to let your best features shine.