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Makeup Causes Wrinkles In 3 Ways

makeup causes wrinkles in 3 ways

The 3 Ways Makeup Can Cause Wrinkles In The Skin.

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If you read The Makeup Equation, you know that I am a makeup mama. I love makeup and I love to slay in makeup all day long.  I love how makeup makes me look, and also how it makes me feel.  If you want to read more about the seven reasons I think makeup is great, please see my About page up at the top of my site.

Today I wanted to write about a controversial subject, and that subject is wrinkles, and whether makeup can give you wrinkles in the skin.  There is some debate about whether makeup can actually cause fine lines and wrinkles and I wanted to set the record straight today.  If you are curious about this, please keep reading.
So can makeup really cause wrinkles?  The answer is yes.  But the good news is that after reading this post, you will know what to do to stop makeup from giving you wrinkles.

Makeup can give you wrinkles in the skin in three ways:

1. Removing Makeup

When removing makeup, the keyword is GENTLE.  Please remove your makeup gently!  Do not rub on your skin in a rough or hurried manner, especially around the delicate eye skin which is the most prone to getting wrinkles easily.

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I know eye areas typically contain the hardest makeup to remove - waterproof liner, waterproof mascara, eyelash glue, waterproof eyeshadow, etc.  The very best way to ensure you remove your  eye makeup gently is to use an oil.  Nothing is more gentle on the skin than oil.   I use jojoba oil to remove my eyelash glue and waterproof liner and mascara.  I only use this brand of jojoba oil, which I have been using for a few years now, because it is 100% pure, which is very important. Many companies use fillers in their oils that can be just as bad for your skin as the makeup itself.  Since oil will stick around on your face for a while,  you always want to look for something that is 100% pure oil, such brands do exist.

For the rest of my face, I first use e.l.f's makeup remover cleansing cloths. I slowly and gently rub this cloth all over my face to loosen the makeup.  I then follow this up by applying cleanser all over my skin and I use a cleansing brush to remove the cleanser and leftover makeup.  You can read more about why you should exfoliate your face with a cleanser brush in my post, The Benefits of Daily Face Exfoliation.  I use a cleanser with a little bit more oil in the winter since my skin gets really dry, and my two favorites are Soy Face Cleanser by fresh and No 7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser.  If you'd like to read more about all the face cleansers I use why I like them, please see my post, Best Everyday Face Cleanser Products.  If you'd like to see what ingredients you want to avoid in a makeup remover product, please see my post, Cosmetic Ingredients To Avoid.
2. Applying Makeup

When applying eyeliner, you do not want to pull the skin of your eyelid.  If you do this, over and over again, applying pressure on the collagen and elastin and tiny capillaries in your skin, you will give yourself wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes.

The solution to not having to pull your eyelid when applying liner is to get a liquid liner that moves easily and fluidly.  Holding the tip of the liquid liner in your hand, you want to move your hand around the eyelid as you draw the line.

3. Wearing Makeup Too Long

Makeup is safe to wear.  But, if you let makeup sit on your face for too long, the chemicals will sink deep into the pores of your skin and will start to breakdown the collagen and elastin, which results in the lines and wrinkles.

Please, I beg you, never, ever go to sleep with your makeup on!  Why force your skin to breath in chemicals for necessary amounts of hours?  I have actually given myself allergies to certain products when I was younger simply because I left them on overnight because I was too tired to remove them.  I am really sad that I cannot use these products anymore because of the resulting allergies I caused.

The best rule of thumb is to put your makeup on as late as you can, and to take your makeup off as soon as you can.  You want to aim for letting makeup sit on your face for the least amount of time possible.  Let your skin be completely bare for long periods so that it can breath.

If you go to sleep really late and find yourself too tired to wash your face, buy a pack of makeup wipes and put it by your night table.  This way you can at least remove about 50% of the makeup with wipes compared to letting it all sit on your face for hours.  The makeup remover wipes I use are e.l.f. makeup remover cleansing cloths. They are an affordable dupe of Tarte's Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes.

Those are the three ways that makeup can give you wrinkles.  Avoid doing those three things and you should not have to worry about makeup giving you wrinkles.  Before I finish this post however, I want to touch on a three other, non-makeup related, things that can also cause wrinkles, as well as an essential oil that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Other things that cause wrinkles and fine lines in the skin:

1. Smoking.

Smoking causes premature aging of the skin, meaning that it will make you look older than you really are.  The chemicals you inhale break down your skin's collagen and elastin.

2.  Drinking.

Alcohol also breaks down the skin barrier and can cause a whole host of skin problems and other health related problems as well.  Please see my post, 11 Skinny People Habits That Keep Me Thin, to read more about the dangerous effects of alcohol on the body.

3. Dehydration.

Your skin needs water to help it stay firm and have that youthful, glowing appearance.  Do your skin a favor and give it as much water as you can.  If you find it hard to drink plain water, dry drinking tea or vitamin water.  Vitamin water will have an added benefit of further helping your skin stay healthy.

Now, are you ready to hear a secret about me not many know?

Makeup Causes Wrinkles In 3 Ways

I don't drink or smoke.  Not only do I not do it, I have never done it.  I am in my thirties, but my skin probably looks a little younger, and I think it may be because I have never exposed it to the chemicals found in cigarette smoke and alcohol.  

If you currently drink or smoke, please do not feel bad! I am not trying to shame anyone here!  Everyone has their different vices, and I definitely have mine!  I also completely understand 100% how addictive nicotine and alcohol can be, and I know that real changes occur in the brain that make it very hard to quit these things. 

But every day is a new day, and every day is a fresh start.  My motto is that there is never a better time to stop a toxic habit than right now now.  And your skin and your body will thank you when you do! 

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Lastly, I use a specific essential oil in my homemade eye serum that helps to reduce my fine lines and wrinkles. 

That oil is Frankincense.  Frankincense essential oil helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and is an overall great oil for restoring skin health.

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You can read more about essential oils, what they are, how to use them, and what brands you should use, in my post called My Top 5 Essential Oils & How I Use Them. In this post I also discuss why, contrary to popular opinion, lavender should NOT be used in skincare.

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