How Make-up Affects Your Skin: Choosing the Right Look for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re one of the 62 percent of adults in America who celebrate this day of love, you probably already have plans for the perfect date wearing the perfect dress with the perfect guy.
As you’re getting dressed to the nines, consider the makeup you will be wearing. Is it good for your skin? You spend time and money exfoliating, moisturizing and cleaning your face, so why would you put something with harmful chemicals on your skin?
The truth is, a lot of makeup contains chemicals such as synthetic coloring ingredients, emulsifiers, leads and copolymer. Scientists have not yet been able to replace the chemicals that make up most beauty products, but have only improved upon them. This has led to the chemical particles becoming smaller—but also stronger and more easily absorbed into the skin.
Over time, makeup can cause acne breakouts, oily appearance, dryness, clogged pores and allergies. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right makeup for your skin and look fabulous for your Valentine.
Less is more. Regardless of what types and brands you’re wearing, less is always more. Wearing less makeup will expose your skin to fewer chemicals and reduce the amount of product that can clog your pores. Besides, caking on layers of makeup defeats the entire purpose: to enhance your natural beauty.
Note the expiration date. Safe beauty products will have an expiration date. Just like food, if a product has a suspiciously long shelf life, you can only imagine what types of chemicals are in there to make them last so long. Make sure to throw away your mascara every three months to avoid eye infections, clean your makeup brushes and avoid sharing if possible.
Take it off. We’re talking about your makeup here. You should not be sleeping in full face makeup, ever! Residual makeup can clog your pores and age your skin.
Go green. If you’re concerned about the ingredients in you beauty products, consider going green. There are several lines of green, organic makeup products made with natural ingredients. You may have to spend a little more, but the environment and your skin will thank you.
Go without. There’s no doubt that your date finds you beautiful no matter what (if he doesn’t, ditch him and spend the evening with your single girlfriends—you’ll thank us later). If you’re doing in informal date or staying at home for movies and a homemade meal, consider going without makeup. Let your skin breathe while you have a romantic night in.

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