There comes a time for most girls when they start to dabble in make up and all that practice eventually adds up to a regular make up routine. Your make up can and should change over the years to reflect your age, your life situation (you don’t wear glitter to the corporate office, for example) and what you’re comfortable with. Regardless of what type of paint you’re wearing, you should always be focused on protecting your canvas – your skin.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, but unless you have unusual habits you’re only actually applying make up to your face. The skin on your face is the most exposed as it is never covered during the day and is also the most fragile. Protecting it should be an ongoing habit and how you use make up can play a big part in that.
Wash Your Face before Applying Make Up
Before you apply any make up always be sure to wash your face. Wash it and then apply a nice moisturizer complete with sunscreen. Then, once you’ve washed away old oils and gross, start applying your make up. If you apply the make up on top of the old oils, you’ll be trapping them right on top of your pores which will feel rather nasty and also do rather nasty things to your skin.
Always Use Moisturizer
Even if you only wear a bit of lip gloss as make up, you should at least wear a moisturizer. The minimalists among you might like a tinted moisturizer to cut down on a layer of make up and keep things light, but any non-greasy moisturizer will do. Keeping your skin hydrated is critical to helping avoid wrinkles and other visible signs of aging down the road. In a perfect world you have one moisturizer with sunscreen for the day to wear under your make up and another deep cream to put on at night after you’ve scrubbed all of that make up off again.
Stay Out of the Sun
Your face is exposed to the sun almost constantly – unless you have taken to wearing a hat or other sort of shade around. Sun damage doesn’t just come from sunbathing; some of the worst is just the normal wear-and-tear of your daily trips to school, across parking lots, during your physical education class, after school band practice and really any time your face is exposed to the sun. It’s impossible to really stay out of the sun at all times, but you can start wearing a hat at band practice or putting on sunscreen before heading outside at PE. A hat is ideal when you can, but you can cover most of your bases at least by just putting on that daily moisturizer with sunscreen.
Wash Your Face As Soon As Possible
Makeup, especially the inexpensive kind that most kids wear, is bad about allowing your skin to “breathe.” If the make up stays on your skin too long it and the natural oils building up underneath it can cause some serious break-outs. Wash your face as soon as you can or at the least every night before bed. Never sleep in make-up.