Cleanse with care

From October to January, you can guarantee that the number of days of putting on a full face of makeup is increasing, so knowing just how to take off the makeup and ensuring your skin is taken care of are key.

Among the most important pieces of advice I’ve been given on skin care, whether from a skin specialist, a makeup artist or even my own mum, is: take your makeup off before going to bed!

It has stuck with me always.

There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning still feeling the dried-up foundation on your face. Leaving makeup on overnight can dry out the skin and cause other skin issues to arise.

Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon, a dermatologist at Skin Health Institute Melbourne, warns that if makeup is left on too long, “it may contribute to the tendency to develop mild acne”.

Skin care routines don’t need to be complicated. An ingredient that Ms Nixon strongly supports the use of is water. Yes, water!

“Water can be very useful,” she says.

“Again, what needs to be removed will dictate how much cleansing is required.

“Alternatively, use a mild skin cleanser or micellar water at the beginning and end of the day.”

Interestingly, Ms Nixon warns: “Avoid toners, which can dry out the skin.”

A huge point that she makes throughout our discussion is to keep it simple.

Ms Nixon suggests that pharmacy workers should advise customers that when it comes to cleansing and cleaning the skin, “the more products you apply, the more risk of skin problems eventuating”.

“This is getting to a be a huge issue, with many skin influencers spruiking use of multiple skin products, which cumulatively irritate the skin,” she says.

“It’s not uncommon to see young women apply eight to 10 products a day, and still no sunscreen.

“The best thing pharmacy workers can do is sell sunscreens, which can be used instead of moisturisers for the face.”

To learn more, click here and read the full feature in Retail Pharmacy Assistants magazine November.