Cosmetic products and skin ailments
Right place the dustbin. "It's when your lips get rashes after using your favourite lipstick, when there's itching after applying your favourite cream or some other kind of irritation," advises makeup artist and hairstylist Rakesh Seth. What happens is the moment you open the lid of any product, its constituents get exposed to air and light, causing change in texture and formulation that results in irritation of skin. Lotions, creams and other water-based cosmetics attract moisture-loving bacteria more.
Help yourself Be conscious of what's been used on your body. Ask your beautician about the products she uses for different beauty treatments. Insist that they wash lip brushes and eyeliner brushes before using them on you. Carry your own sponge and mascara to prevent eye infection.
If you wear contact lenses, put on eye makeup first and remove lenses before removing makeup. Don't use waterproof mascara as it may permanently adhere to your lenses. Avoid powder eye shadow and use only gel, liquid or cream.
Do not use eyeliner that is directly drawn on the rims of your eyes and keep your kajal pencils and eyeliner pencils sharp, so wood does not scratch the surface of the eye. Here's some advice from Samantha: "There is no difference in the way you apply makeup if you wear lenses, just match it with your eye colour." That's to look stunning and stand out in a crowd.
And that's why we use makeup.
FOUNDATION A liquid foundation lasts six months to a year. A jar lasts for three to six months. And a tube has a shelf life of a year or a little more.
Signs of spoilage: The ingredients separate; water and oil separate; texture changes; and so does its colour and smell.
Harm: It forms clumps on your face, thus defeating its purpose of creating a smooth base for your makeup.
BLUSH A powder blush lasts a year, a cream blush should be used within six months.
Signs of spoilage: Powder blush will have a glazed layer on top; crumbling; change of colour.
In a cream blush, the oil can turn rancid; oil droplets form; there is a distinct change of odour.
MOISTURISER Lasts for one to three years.
Signs of spoilage: Separation of oil and water, faded colour, change of smell.
TONER Life span of three years (most contain alcohol, a bacteria inhibitor).
Signs of spoilage: Cloudiness, solids at the bottom of the bottle, change of smell.
Use of bad moisturiser and toner can make skin sensitive to the sun, cause red, itchy skin and block pores.
NAIL POLISH Use it within three to six months, as every time it is opened, the solvent evaporates.
Problem: Can cause yellowness of nails. Do not add thinner to make it liquid as this unbalances the preservatives and can lead to infection.
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