Wedding season is fast approaching, and we all know what that means: weekend after weekend filled with multiple events that require excessive hair styling and heavy, heavy makeup. While we all love a good excuse to go full glam, when you are spending every day of the weekend for months on end with full makeup on, it can take a toll on your skin. Breakouts, dryness, irritation and several other symptoms may occur. Here are a few solutions to follow so that you can allow your face to recover post makeup and avoid dealing with skin problems.
(These should ideally be done every time you apply heavy makeup, or even picked up as regular routines for amazing skin).
Never ever sleep with makeup on
I seriously can’t emphasize this enough. Always completely remove makeup before you sleep so that you don’t allow bacteria to build up on your skin. (Also, eyelashes are prone to falling out when you sleep with mascara on).
Wipe your skin gently
Skin is extremely delicate, particularly around the eye area – so it should be treated with extra care (yes, I’m not so subtly referring to all of the girls who vigorously wipe their eyes with makeup remover wipes). Be GENTLE, ladies! Treat your skin as you would a baby’s.
After you’ve wiped the makeup off your eyes and face with makeup remover, wipe your skin with a toner or rose water, and then also wash your face with a cleanser. If you are the kind of person who usually just picks one out of these 3 things to do in order to cleanse, note that when you have heavy makeup on, it is extremely important to do all 3 steps after removing the makeup to ensure that your face is as clean as can be.
In order to rid your pores of any makeup-induced clogging or dirt, you need to use a facial scrub to exfoliate. My personal favorite is an all-natural homemade scrub that is super easy and effective. Mix two spoons of ground coffee, with one spoon of olive oil and half a lemon to create a thick textured scrub. Apply this to your face and let it sit there for 20-30 minutes. Then, using gentle circular motions, massage your skin so that the scrub can do its job as an exfoliator. Rinse your face with warm water and enjoy your baby-soft skin. If you’re too lazy to make your own scrub, you can use Nuxe’s Exfoliating Gel (with rose petals) for amazing results.
Constantly apply your regular moisturizer or serum to your skin to allow it to recover properly – this should preferably contain SPF for extra skin protection. For natural solutions, you can apply almond oil or coconut oil to your face and massage it well – both of them when used regularly work wonders! For your eyelashes, apply castor oil twice daily (be extremely careful not to get it inside your eye) to compensate for extremely heavy mascara or fake lashes & glue, or Mavala’s Double-Lash serum to re-strengthen them.
After exfoliation you’ll want a facial mask to soothe the skin – and nothing works better than a natural yogurt, turmeric and honey mask. These 3 ingredients perfectly complement each other to relieve skin and avoid inflammation, irritation or other possible negative skin reactions to makeup. For blemish-prone skin, tea tree oil is the best weapon to wipe out or avoid any spots, and can also be added to this mask.
Give yourself a break every chance you get. Skip on heavy face products whenever you can so that you don’t overwhelm your skin. If you can manage to go day to day with a little powder blush on your cheeks then there’s no reason you should be applying foundation daily.
As a general rule, always try to use heavy makeup only when necessary, and when you do, follow these precautions after to ensure that your skin doesn’t face any negative reactions! Later on, your skin will thank you for it.