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I don’t think I’ve had any friend or family member tell me this. I suspect that to some degree, sure – perhaps the most believable would be around the eyes because you may be pulling, tugging, or otherwise touching an area much more than you might if you never wore makeup. If you’re gentle, you know not to use a lot of pressure or pull and tug at your eyelid. Then again – maybe because you wear eyeshadow, you remember NOT to rub your eyes during the day!

— Christine

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Nope I’ve never heard this before! That’s interesting. But yeah, like Christine said, just be gentle. Another reason why I don’t like applying foundation with fingers because you have to rub that stuff around a lot, and that involves strething and tugging.

The last part about wearing eyeshadow making you not rub your eyes is so true! I stop myself from rubbing so many times because of my eye makeup.

I have heard this SOOOOO much! It’s usually from females who wear little to no makeup. As long as you are healthy, eating well, hydrated, cleansing your skin, moisturizing, wearing sunscreen, not tugging too much then you’ll be fine. I’m not worried about it.

Absolutely not! I have a well-honed skin care routine, and my main focus is skin care and SPF. 

I’d imagine if you’re sleeping in your makeup, it probably could age you. Also if you’re tugging at your face when you’re applying makeup, I’d guess it could age you as well. But generally if you take care, I would seriously doubt problems would arise.

Yep, you got it.  especially around the eye area.  That is why I stopped wearing contact lenses.  And I dont put eyeliner on the bottom eye.  Mother nature already does a job on the skin.  I dont want contribute to it as much as I can.  I do wear makeup…and alot of moisturizer and eye cream.

No, not at all.  I came by my makeup mania by way of my mother who looks pretty damn good for being 57.   She’s worn a full face of makeup pretty much every day for the last 40 years, and if I age anywhere near as well as her I’ll be a happy camper.  Unless you’re using really harsh cleansers to take it off (and aren’t using an eye makeup remover with enough slip to it to easily dissolve your liner and mascara), I don’t think makeup negatively impacts your aging. Especially not since so many cosmetics items have SPF in them.  It seems to me that makeup wearers are more likely to consistently wear SPF on a daily basis than those who don’t wear any, which is a big deal considering how harmful UV rays can be for your skin.

My mum keeps trying to scare me about makeup ruining my skin, but the only area I’m a little more worried about is my eye area. It is true that however gentle I can be, applying and removing makeup  probably causes more movement around a very delicate area that I wouldn’t have to otherwise. It’s true that I don’t rub my eyes during the day because of the eyeshadow/mascara, but when I get tired at night it’s a little harder to resist!

Not at all. As long as you are carefull not to tug on your skin, especially in the eye area, I don’t see any problems. I’m careful when applying makeup, and I’m using good cleansers, so I don’t have to rub in my face. Most products nowadays actually help you fight aging of the skin. Foundations today don’t work only as makeup, but also double as skin care: just think about SPF, which most of them have, as well as other good ingredients most of us wouldn’t bother with if we weren’t applying makeup… 

I would think if anything we remember to hydrate and cleanse more BECAUSE we wear makeup daily! My dry skin shows flakes easily so I always remember to exfoliate and use my toners, serums, and moisturizers before I apply my makeup. At night I always cleanse because I don’t want my makeup to clog my pores. Before I wore makeup daily I was much more lackadaisical about my cleansing and hydrating routines.

My cousins in my parents home country always tell me i wear far too much makeup and it will affect my skin. But i think its because the makeup in their country is not as good quality as they are in the uk. But i suppose no makeup is healthier than any amount of makeup

I have learned to not tug on my eyes while applying eyeliner, but there are still certain liners that you can get a better result from if you tug gently–would not repurchase these! Bobbi Brown longwear Gel Eyeliner Pencil I’m looking at you!(not to mention how it breaks if you press any firmer than a feather!) 
I rarely wear foundation, but have started using BB Cream half the time and I think it’s great since it has sunscreen and soothing ingredients. Moisturizing, putting vitamin e oil under my eyes and being sure to wash all makeup off every day I think will benefit my skin rather than aging it. I do worry about irritating (and aging) my eyes and possibly developing an allergy to eye makeup because I tightline and find that it’s very hard to completely remove eyeliner since it enters my lashline. Mascara also feels invasive and can be hard to remove without pressing/rubbing a bit too much so I wear no eye makeup a few days a week and wear mascara less than 50% of the time. Putting vitamin e oil on my eyelashes keeps them  healthy so crossing my fingers that I won’t have premature eye aging!

[email protected] should watch Lisa Eldridge’s video on how she removes makeup. There is an amazing tip for removing eye makeup, including mascara, without any pressing or rubbing. You just put a cotton pad on your eye, and wait a couple of seconds 🙂

Nah, there’s no way make up can cause such things, as long as they are good quality and as long as they are rubbed off before bedtime.

I’ve heard this and I believe it’s basically inevitable to damage the skin! I’m not really delicate while applying makeup or removing it (though, like you, I don’t rub my eyes throughout the day because of the makeup, too).  My dad has crazy-puffy, saggy eyes and he sure never wore makeup so I figure I could better spend my energy saving up for the blepharoplasty I’ll invariably wind up needing 😉

I’ve heard that from some women, but honestly I think as long as you are gentle and hygienic about applying makeup it won’t hurt.  I’ve actually noticed the same thing, when I started wearing makeup I had to remind myself not to touch my face or eyes and now it’s just a habit!  The only thing I know is bad for your skin is falling asleep in makeup, esp mascara.

If anything, wearing makeup has actually forced me to take better care of my skin, because I am forced to look closely in a mirror on a regular basis. Also, as many others have stated, cosmetics nowadays have beneficial ingredients, such as SPF, which I feel is the most important thing. Besides, genetics and overall skincare play a much larger role in aging. I’m a stay-at-home-mom, but even on days I only venture outdoors to check the mail & wait for the school bus, I always make sure to wear sunscreen, or at the very least, sunglasses. I’m nearly 39, but I still get “carded” everywhere I go, so I must be doing something right.

Nope!  In fact, I think the opposite.  I wear BB creams and foundations with SPF.  I HATE the way sunblock feels on my skin, so I wouldn’t really wear it otherwise.  Also, before I started wearing mascara a lot, I would rub my eyes a lot, which isn’t good for the skin.  I’m careful not to tug my eyes when removing eye makeup.  I also notice my skin more, so I now wear eye cream, which I didn’t do before.   I also don’t touch my skin and have found more products that don’t make me break out.  I think, overall, wearing makeup more has led me to take BETTER care of my skin.  I am 33.5 and I get carded all the time.

[email protected] I couldn’t agree more with what you said! We are lucky to be into makeup, as many of them have beneficial antioxidants and SPF protection. I can assure you that I keep sunblock in my car, desk, and all over the house. I am also approaching 34 and get carded all the time.
 
I highly recommend the book/ ebook “Makeup Wakeup” for other non-surgical makeup techs to make you look younger. Both authors are in their mid-fifties and basically spill the beans on continuing to look fantastic into your 60’s…. for a 10-15 dollar book it can easily take 5-15 years off a ladies suspected age! And, when the time comes when sagging, puffy, eyes start making me look my age I will not even blink twice at having eye surgery!

@Lauren13
I couldn’t agree more with what you said! We are lucky to be into makeup, as many of them have beneficial antioxidants and SPF protection. I can assure you that I keep sunblock in my car, desk, and all over the house. I am also approaching 34 and get carded all the time.
 
I highly recommend the book/ ebook “Makeup Wakeup” for other non-surgical makeup techs to maintain a younger, youthful look. Both authors are in their mid-fifties and basically spill the beans on continuing to look fantastic into your 60’s…. for a 10-15 dollar book it can easily take 5-15 years off a ladies suspected age. And, when the time comes when sagging, puffy, eyes start making me look my age I will not even blink twice at having eye surgery.

Actually, wondering if the primers are stretching my pores since I pack it on to minimize the appearance.

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