Keep Your Skincare OUT of my Makeup!
Ok well that’s probably a tad dramatic- but it certainly gets my point across- which is this- in our era of, “If a little is good, more must be better, and if more is better, then ALL THE STUFFS MUST BE BEST!” mentality, we want our products to do double triple quadruple- hell, do ALL THE STUFFS! we want it fast and we want it now! But here’s the thing- that’s NOT always better. Wait lady, how can more NOT be better? Calm your jets and I’ll tell you how:
More, sometimes, just means more.
As in more than you need, and now you are spending more money (cause usually that ish is pricey) and literally wasting that money. Skin can only absorb so much- Take for instance Sodium hyurolate Or hyurolnic acid. I LOVE this stuff! truly, it is amazing for plumping lines and wrinkles, and you can find it in a few of my products. I use a serum with it morning and evening, and it’s in my facial mask too. It’s a mid price ingredient, not prohibitively expensive, but not cheap either. If I had it in my serum, my moisturizer, my foundation or bb, cc or dd cream, and my concealer- I am now getting a quadruple helping, and my skin is not going to use or need all of that. I will literally have wasted my money putting that on my face. Instead find 1 product that is going to give you the daily recommended amount. Even if the label doesn’t list it as the amount recommended by FDA, since typically that is reserved for chemical actives, these products usually formulated to give you the efficacious amount per described usage recommendation.
Secondly and IMO, more importantly than spending money on products that end up being wasted, is the actual overuse of products that can create adverse reactions such as retinols, aha’s, bha’s- like salicylic acid, even vitamins ( like A, which is a retinoid, or C which is in the AHA category)
Now we’re not talking about products that are known to be problematic for skin like alcohols or harsh detergents or irritants like fragrances. I’m talking good for your skin products. Many of these actives have a recommended usage rate, many have a maximum usage rate as per the FDA, meaning the maximum % allowable to be both effective and safe. BUT, if a consumer chooses to use an aha cleanser, like a lactic acid containing cleanser, then a serum with glycolic acid, and a moisturizer with tartaric acid – you could be overdosing your skin on actives. You may never reach the maximum usage rate, which for intense glycolic chemical peels is around 50- 70%, and done by professionals only, But you are also using daily, and still at risk of severe irritation.
According to Wikipedia, “Some of the side effects of AHAs chemical peeling can include hyper-pigmentation, persistent redness, scarring, as well as flare up of facial herpes infections (“cold sores”).”
Overexposure to something is also the number one cause of developing an allergic sensitivity. There is contact dermatitis listed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation as “About 80 percent of skin reactions are caused by direct
contact with an irritating, harsh or dangerous chemical. Household cleaners, dish detergent and soap are everyday examples of products that also can cause irritant contact dermatitis in many people, especially with longtime use.” However, as many of us know, you can react with the first use, or the four hundredth.
My last reason why I prefer to keep my skincare and makeup separate. With skincare- you can give very specific usage instructions of how much of the product to use to achieve the desired end result. With makeup every face requires different amounts of makeup to achieve the desired result. ie. foundation, some people only need a light hint of coverage and not even over entire face, but maybe just in spots, another woman could need full coverage, therefore require more product to achieve the desired level of coverage. How do you adequately provide the right amount of active ingredients to achieve effective levels of efficacy when there is no set amount used? The women with light coverage isn’t getting enough, or needs to wear much more makeup than she needs. The woman requiring full coverage, is getting too much, or having to use less makeup than she needs. Neither is ideal.
I understand it would be great to minimize our routine, and have to buy less products to boot, But if you are going to invest any money onto maintaining your skin, you really should be ensuring that you are getting the maximum benefit, and in this case I don’t think you can be “all things to all people” So you will see me choosing to keep my skincare as skincare, and my makeup as makeup. I have better control over my choices and amounts, I can protect my skin from overexposure, and I can use as little or as much makeup as my skin needs that day.
This week’s sample is Strawberry Eyeshadow (included in every full sized order)
Karrie Welch is a professional makeup artist and owner/creator of Fortunate Face Minerals Cosmetics.