Here’s one question we always hear in the skincare industry: Is wearing makeup bad for the skin? While you do specialize in waxing, it’s no question that plenty of clients will seek skin care advice from you! And even though makeup itself is not necessarily bad for the skin, there is a downside to cosmetics. Keep reading as we discuss the long term effects of makeup on skin, and how to keep skin healthy.

It has more to do with the ingredients
First of all, there’s really nothing to worry about if you use high-quality makeup! Let your clients know that it’s okay to splurge on makeup products that promise quality ingredients and are created for their skin type. In other words, don’t use thick foundation on oily skin! Mineral makeup is one of the best options because it doesn’t clog pores, instead, it rests just on top of the skin.

Be aware of harmful agents
Just like skin care, makeup can have harmful ingredients too! The FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetics, so it’s easy to deceive customers with claims that it’s “all natural” or “herbal.” Discuss ingredients to always avoid, like parabens, synthetic fragrances and mineral oil with clients. But even better, research a few brands you trust and share your favorites with clients!

Makeup removal is crucial
If you want to know how to wear makeup every day without breaking out, it’s not that big of a secret. In fact, it’s as simple as always removing it before bed! Sleeping while wearing a face of makeup allows the makeup to settle deeply in the pores, which enlarges them over time. While pores can bounce back during youth, pores don’t shrink back in size as easily as we age…educate your clients on its importance by removing makeup with cleansers before bedtime. Remember, your improvement as an esthetician can be counteracted by clients who don’t take care of their skin on their own.