With all the time, effort, and money you put into your anti-aging routine, the last thing you want is to sabotage your own efforts. The fact is, however, that many women do just that! I’m not talking about sun damage (although that is bad for your skin!) or using the wrong products. I’m talking about the way you apply your makeup. That’s right, the simple act of putting on (and taking off!) your makeup every day could very well be causing those wrinkles you’re trying to prevent! The good news is that with a few simple adjustments, you can easily remedy this common beauty faux pas. The Right (and Wrong!) Way to Put on Your Makeup Your foundation and concealer are staples of your beauty routine. They even out inconsistencies, cover those pesky dark circles, and give your skin a smooth, flawless look. The problem arises when give in to the tendency to rub them on too harshly, applying from the inner eye outwards. Instead, you should follow these steps:
• Use one or two fingers to dot the foundation on underneath your eyes.
• Use a patting motion to even the makeup out, working from the outside of your eye inward.
• Avoid pressing too hard or using a smearing motion to rub from the inner corner of your eye outward. The most important thing here is to remember that rubbing hard, and moving from the inside outward, worsens the appearance of under-eye bags and accelerates the wrinkling process. Another culprit when it comes to damage from applying makeup is your eyeliner. There are two major mistakes we commit in the name of making our eyes pop:
1. Stretching the eyelid out to ensure that eyeliner goes on smoothly and evenly. 2. Removing smudges by rubbing them off with a finger. These are both big beauty no-nos! Instead, gently tighten the eyelid by holding it taut at the outer corner while applying your eyeliner. Remove errors with a cotton swab – not your finger! You can dip the swab in a little bit of makeup remover for particularly stubborn smudges. Removal Is Just as Important Taking your makeup off can be just as damaging as putting it on. Rubbing too hard is the biggest problem. But there are other things you can do to minimize the aging effects of removing your makeup as well:
• Avoid makeup removal wipes. Yes, they’re convenient, but they also give us the urge to rub too harshly in order to get everything off.
• Use an oil-based makeup remover (or plain coconut oil – it’s a multipurpose miracle beauty product!).
• Hold a cotton ball dipped in makeup remover on your eye for a few seconds to soften the makeup before gently wiping it off. I know it seems like there are so many anti-aging tips and tricks to keep track of. But take it from me, once you incorporate these simple practices, they’ll turn into habits and you’ll be able to stay young looking without even thinking about it!
Until Next Time,
Growing Younger Everyday