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How To Properly Clean & Take Care of Your Skin After Wearing Makeup All Day

Makeup has the power to enhance our features and boost our confidence, but it can also have a negative impact on our skin if we don’t follow a proper skincare routine. Makeup residues can lead to various skin issues, from clogged pores to irritation, especially if your products contain harsh chemicals. 

Let’s break down how makeup affects the skin, how to properly remove makeup at the end of the day, and how to keep skin healthy after your makeup has been removed. Find out the importance of a skincare routine, and what other steps you can take to maintain a healthy and radiant complexion whether you wear makeup or prefer your skin au naturale. 

Impact of Makeup on the Skin

Studies show that women wearing makeup are often perceived as attractive, competent, dominant, and more socially prestigious.1 Even more, women perceive themselves as more satisfied with appearance and as having higher self-esteem when wearing makeup.2

Despite these findings, wearing makeup can also pose challenges for our skin over time. The ingredients in cosmetics, coupled with daily wear, can contribute to a variety of skin issues, including:

Understanding the impact of makeup on the skin is the first step toward adopting a skincare routine that counteracts these potential issues.

Why Proper Cleansing is Essential

Failing to remove makeup thoroughly can lead to a buildup of product, oil, and environmental impurities, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. This, in turn, can result in acne, inflammation, and dull-looking skin. Be sure you remove your makeup before going to bed and then wash your face again upon waking. Proper cleansing rids the skin of perspiration and oil accumulated overnight. The importance of cleansing cannot be overstated in maintaining a clear and healthy complexion.

Step-By-Step Cleansing Process

Ensuring that your skin is free from makeup residues involves a thorough cleansing process. Follow these steps to maintain a healthy complexion:

1. Gentle Makeup Remover

Start by using a gentle makeup remover to dissolve and lift away the majority of your makeup. This step is crucial for breaking down stubborn products like waterproof mascara and long-wearing foundation.

2. Cleansing

Follow up with a thorough cleanser that suits your skin type. This will eliminate any remaining traces of makeup, oil, and impurities, preparing your skin for the next steps in your skincare routine.

3. Exfoliation

Once a week, incorporate exfoliation into your routine to slough off dead skin cells. This helps unclog pores and promotes cell turnover, revealing a fresh and radiant complexion.

4. Toner

Some people find that applying a toner to their skin can help balance your skin's pH levels and ensure that all residues are removed. Toners also prepare the skin to absorb subsequent skincare products more effectively as long as they do not contain alcohol.

5. Serums

Introduce targeted serums or lotions into your routine to address specific skincare concerns. Whether it's hydration with hyaluronic acid, brightening with vitamin C, or the anti-aging effects of retinoids, targeted serums and lotions can deliver potent ingredients for noticeable results.

6. Hydration & Moisturization

Finish your routine with a hydrating moisturizer to lock in moisture and keep your skin supple. Even if you have oily skin, hydration is essential to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Foundation Skincare’s Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is a fast-absorbing and powerful humectant, which seals in moisture and hydrates on a deeper level for healthy and youthful skin. The product is also infused with anti-inflammatory ingredients like shea butter and chamomile extracts to effectively nourish your skin. 

Targeted Care

In addition to practicing solid hygienic practices in removing makeup after all-day wear, it’s essential to incorporate products into your routine that address your current skin needs. All of Foundation Skincare’s products can be layered together and are suitable for all skin types. Consider the following products based on your unique needs:

  • For acne, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores: Choose FS Azelaic Acid 14% Cream, containing the highest percentage of azelaic acid without prescription. Azelaic acid has potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to kill acne-causing bacteria on your skin while neutralizing free radicals
  • For acne, hyperpigmentation, and premature aging: Try FS Niacinamide Lotion 10%, a B vitamin that soothes inflamed skin, helps prevent breakouts, fades hyperpigmentation, and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles 
  • For dull skin, hyperpigmentation, and premature aging: Opt for FS Vitamin C Lotion 20%, which has powerful antioxidant effects that can reduce darks spots and stimulate collagen synthesis for younger looking skin
  • For fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging: Harness the power of retinoids with FS Night Renewal Cream, which contains 2% Granactive Retinoid and peptide growth factors ideal for minimizing premature signs of aging and boosting skin elasticity

Weekly / Monthly Skincare Practices

Incorporate weekly or monthly skincare practices into your routine to give your skin an extra boost. This could involve a weekly mask, a monthly facial, or any treatment that aligns with your skin's needs. 

Weekly skincare practices to consider:

  • Exfoliate: Exfoliating too often can dry out or irritate skin, which is why you should aim for weekly exfoliation, or every few days if you use a gentle exfoliator. Some products, like Azelaic Acid 14% Cream have gentle exfoliating properties and can be used every day
  • Use a mask: Whether you use a clay- or charcoal-based mask, this practice ensures your pores are clear and can potentially prevent a breakout

Monthly skincare practices to consider:

  • Facials: Try to get a facial once a month to clean out pores, remove dead skin cells, and simply give your skin an overall refresh 
  • Skin self-check: Most experts recommend performing a thorough skin self-check to identify any spots that may need your dermatologist’s attention3 

Sunscreen Application

Never underestimate the power of sunscreen. Regardless of your skincare routine, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (50+ preferred)  is crucial to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and prevent premature aging.

In addition to wearing sunscreen daily, you should always practice sun-safe habits like avoiding direct sunlight, and wearing a hat and other protective layers, even on cloudy days.

Final Tips & Recommendations

While makeup can enhance your appearance, be sure you’re not harming your skin in the long-run. Whether you wear makeup or not, healthy skin is always on-trend. Choose makeup products with gentle ingredients, give your skin occasional makeup-free days to breathe, and always prioritize your skincare routine at the end of the day.

Find more tips and resources on maintaining healthy skin in the FS Journal.

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8956164/
  2. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0265197 
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/routine-daily-monthly-weekly#professional-services
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