Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

Woman sleeping

Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

Woman having acne issues

Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.


Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

Woman applying makeup

Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

Woman applying blush

Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

Woman applying concealer

Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.

Choosing Your Foundation

Woman applying different shades of foundation

From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, there are so many different foundations out there, and unless you have chosen the perfect shade and formula for your skin type, you won’t be enjoying the full benefits of a foundation. Here are some of OROGOLD’s top tips for each skin type to keep in mind when choosing your foundation.

Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, OROGOLD would highly advise that you opt for an oil-free foundation formula, as this will prevent your makeup from sliding off your face. A liquid foundation that contains lightweight silicone will help makeup pigments to adhere to it without clogging pores, while a formula that contains salicylic acid will dry up oil-producing glands, minimizing breakouts. Powder foundations are also great for oily skin, as the powder will absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a smooth matte finish.

Dry Skin
Those of you with dry skin should search for a hydrating formula, either a liquid, stick or powder. Liquids and sticks both have a creamy consistency that work well with dry skin, while a hydrating powder will contain ingredients that are able to deliver a certain amount of moisture to your skin, ensuring that it does not dry out even further. Rather than rubbing the product into your skin, OROGOLD suggests using your fingers to lightly press it in, as this should help it to last longer. For those of you who don’t want heavy coverage, a BB cream is another great option, as this is packed with hydrating ingredients and antioxidants, all of which will benefit your dry skin while giving you a light and natural looking level of coverage.

Combination Skin
Foundation can be tricky when it comes to combination skin, but your best bet is to opt for a powder foundation. OROGOLD recommends only applying it to the oilier parts of your face, so that you can matte this out and achieve a smooth overall complexion.

Sensitive Skin
Mineral makeup is the best option for those with sensitive skin, as the majority of these are not only free of skin irritants, but also contain soothing ingredients, such as zinc. Some mineral formulas are very highly pigmented, and this will help to cover over redness, discoloration and broken capillaries. There are also some great mineral pressed powders out there for those of you who find loose powders too messy.

Choosing a Shade
Now that you have determined what type of foundation is best for your skin type, you can move on to finding the best shade for your skin tone. The best way to do this is by dipping a Q-tip into the foundation, applying this to the side of your face along the center of your jawline. If the shade seems to be invisible, then you’ve found your match!

Beauty experts estimate that unless a woman is given the correct tools, only 15% of them choose the best foundation for their skin. To keep your complexion looking naturally smooth and flawless, keep OROGOLD’s tips in mind the next time you are choosing a new foundation.

Easy Tricks to Waterproof Your Makeup This Summer

As gorgeous as your makeup may look at the beginning of the day, chances are, if you have spent time by the pool or at the beach, it won’t stay this way for long. OROGOLD has put together some easy tricks to help you to waterproof your makeup this summer, so that you can be sure that you will be coming out of the water as picture-perfect as you looked when you went in.

Beautician applying primer on a woman's face.

Use a Primer
Before applying your foundation, OROGOLD recommends using a primer. This will prevent your skin from looking shiny due to the heat, and will also ensure that your makeup stays on for much longer. If you are planning on wearing color around your eyes, make sure you use an eyelid primer as well.

Woman choosing the right shade for her foundation.

Cream Instead of Powders
When you wear powder-based makeup, this always has the risk of your makeup smudging or running, so stick to cream-based formulas when it comes to your foundation, blush and eyeshadows. However, OROGOLD reminds you that not all cream-based makeup products are created equally, so look for formulas that contain a combination of cream and gel and are not too slippery. Those of you who find that your waterproof eyeliner never seems to stay put may want to try using a black colored cream eyeshadow as an eyeliner, as this may give you longer lasting results.

Woman applying lipstick

Lipstick Instead of Lip Gloss
Since lip gloss is wetter and stickier than lipstick, it can tend to run, which makes lipstick a better choice for the days that you require waterproof makeup. OROGOLD recommends using your finger to tap your lipstick onto your lips, infusing the color into your skin rather than just laying it on top, as this means that there is less chance of it washing off or fading.

Woman using a brow pencil to define her eyebrows.

Wax-Based Brow Pencil
Nobody wants smudged eyebrows, but that can easily happen when you use a colored brow pencil or powdered color. Instead, OROGOLD recommends using a wax-based brow pencil. If you don’t fill in your brows but just want to keep them in shape, a clear wax-based brow pencil will do the job perfectly.

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Don’t Touch
When it comes down to it, what really smudges your makeup isn’t just water alone, but the combination of water plus pressure. It can be extremely tempting to give your face a quick wipe to clear it of any excess moisture or sweat, but this will only cause your makeup to run even more. Instead, carefully blot off any excess water, using oil absorbing sheets if your face tends to get oily, and this should keep your makeup looking pristine.

There are plenty of different waterproof makeup options available, although some of them will work much better than others. OROGOLD suggests doing a bit of research before investing in a new waterproof product, checking online reviews as well as trying the product out on yourself before purchasing. The right products, along with OROGOLD’s makeup tricks, will keep your makeup waterproof throughout the summer.

How to Care for Oily Skin

No matter what you do, oily skin might seem to be impossible to control. Moreover, the oils could appear to be a sheen on your skin as you begin your day, and can come across looking like an oil spill by the time you get to midday. Oily skin is normally associated with things like greasy complexions and breakouts and most people find it to be quite annoying. What makes oily skin even worse is that it goes a long way in denting someone’s confidence. Luckily, the advancements seen in the cosmetics and skin care industry over the past decade allows you to control the problem of oily skin to a great extent.

Why do you have oily skin?

Your skin oil, also known as sebum, is generated by the sebaceous glands that can be found in pores all over the human body. Oil production in the sebaceous gland is normally increased by a hormone known as Dihydrotestosteron (DHT). Thus, if your body produces too much of DHT, you are likely to suffer from oily skin. The DHT levels are generally known to increase during puberty and reduce as one gets older.

Now that you know what causes oily skin, read on for tips on how to deal with it.

Young man washing his faceCleanse Your Face Regularly

It is extremely important to keep your face clean. However, you must ensure that you avoid over washing your face as it might lead your skin to produce more oil to replace the natural lubrication. Those suffering from oily skin should always wash their faces once in the morning and once at night on a daily basis. It is also important to ensure that you use cleansing products that don’t hurt your skin or promote the production of oil. Refrain from using soaps that include ingredients such as lanolin, butter or cocoa.

Don’t Apply Too Much Makeup

Applying excessive makeup can ruin your oily skin. Make sure that you stick to the basics and choose compacts over liquid foundations. Mineral make-up solutions are an excellent option for those suffering from oily skin as well.

Apply light moisturizers that retain water

Most people with oily skin think they don’t really need a moisturizer. You shouldn’t skip moisturizer but can easily make do with light moisturizers that contain humectants. Make sure that you don’t use harsh products that can strip your skin of its natural oil. Focus on lighter serums and lotions instead of those heavy and rich creams.

Use Toners

Toners help to close your pores that open up during the process of cleansing your skin. This helps to prevent further secretion of oil and as a result, it is an excellent way of getting rid of your excessive oil without making your skin look dry.

Young woman with green facial maskApply a Mask

Using a mask can also help you control oily. Cleansing your skin before using the mask and maintaining its cleanliness will also help in the refining process by ensuring that stale makeup and dead cells don’t interact with your pores. Choose a mask specifically designed for oily skin.

Apply Sunscreen Every Time You Go Out

Applying sunscreen lotions that offer a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, is extremely important every time you plan to spend time outdoors. Don’t get fooled by those cloudy skies or winter mornings. They can not deter the sun’s rays from damaging your skin. Since oily skin is prone to pigmentation, using sunscreen lotions for those suffering from oily skin becomes even more important.

Take Precautions with New Products

Every time you plan to change your skin care product, you need to ensure that you take the product for a test run first. Apply the new product on a patch of your skin before going to bed. Check the area for reactions in the morning. If there is no rash, redness or irritation, you can then use the product as directed.

Young woman scrubbing her face with steel woolStay Away From Facial Scrubs

Facial scrubs can stimulate oil production and make your skin look more oily than before. Substitute your facial scrubs with products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA). These products should help to remove the dirt and toxins which make the dead skin cells stick to your skin.

Avoid Oily Foods

Avoid fatty foods and food items that are too oily as they can build the oil level in your body which ultimately makes your skin look even more oily. Make sure that you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated at all times. Eating a diet that is high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants also helps.

Remove Excess Oils with Blotting Paper

Blotting Papers that are designed for cosmetic use are an excellent way of removing the excessive oil because they don’t cause dryness. They are also known to be easy to use and extremely convenient. All you need to do is apply them to the most oily areas of your body such as your nose, forehead and chin. However, make sure that you don’t scrub your skin with this blotting paper. Simply press it against the oily areas on your skin and hold them in place for about 15 – 20 seconds.

Everything said and done, oily skin might seem to be a devilish thing to have, but it isn’t the end of the world. In fact, some of the biggest advantages of having oily skin are that it helps you with anti-aging, allows your skin to look younger and also aids in preventing fine lines and wrinkles. So if you do have oily skin, do not fret, look forward to keeping your skin looking young. Or use our guide to get the oil in control.

Do you have any tips for controlling oily skin? We would love to hear about them in the comments.



Sensitive Skin Secrets

There’s oily skin, dry skin and the combination in between. But of course, there is also sensitive skin to deal with. Sensitive skin knows no bounds, and sometimes it is harder than regular skin issues, as reactions can be painful and difficult to deal with.

Oily skin is easily avoided by using the correct products

Oily Skin

Sensitive skin is any type of skin that might have a reaction to a certain ingredient, whether it’s in the form of acne breakouts, eczema, contact dermatitis or rosacea. Each type of skin sensitivity is different and needs to be treated accordingly.

OROGOLD reviews the top four tips on how to proceed with your sensitive skin:

Read product labels: Those with sensitive skin should always be looking at the labels of the products they want to use on their faces and bodies to make sure they won’t aggravate it. If your skin is sensitive, avoid products with alcohols, alpha-hydroxy acids, fragrances and antibacterial ingredients. Don’t trust the word “hypoallergenic,” either – this is a claim that isn’t regulated by any health organization.

Stick to products that have proven to work:. Steer clear of harsh soaps and instead opt for gentler products, such as our 24K milk cleanser. Moisturizers, as long as they don’t contain the trigger ingredients that your sensitive skin reacts to, are usually safe and necessary to protect and hydrate your skin. Moisturizing masks may be helpful, but steer clear of peels that may irritate.

Test the products before using them:. Depending on what you’re using, doing a test run of a product may help prevent the long-term pain of product reactions. Some items that are for one-time use, like hair dyes and hair removal creams, recommend doing a swatch test 24 hours before application to test for sensitivities. However, that may not be enough time for products for daily use. You may need up to five days to see how your skin will react with regular usage.

See a dermatologist when problems occur: Although most people with sensitive skin will keep going through products until they find one that works without irritation, sometimes you need serious medical treatment to go alongside them if your skin condition is chronic. A dermatologist may be able to diagnose the root of your problem and offer prescription treatments for serious issues like psoriasis and dermatitis.

OROGOLD Asks: Did You Know, As Temperatures Rise, So Does Oil Production?

Woman who is very hot and has oily skinOily skin tends to make you look dull because of those enlarged pores, the greasy sheen and the uneasy shine. Some are known to have oily skin only in certain areas of their body, while others are known to suffer from oily skin throughout. There are those rare ones who never suffer from oily skin as well. One of the most common reasons behind oily skin is a warmer climate. As the temperature begins to rise, the increased levels of heat and humidity lead to an increase of oil production in the skin.

The sebaceous glands in the skin are known to be closely linked to the hair follicles, which they use to deliver the sebum through the pores to the external surface of the skin. This sebum contains a mix of certain lipids and dead skin cells that the body sheds off from within. The lipids end up lubricating the skin and helping in protecting it from the free radicals in the environment and dehydration. However, when the humidity and temperature levels rise, the body tends to excrete increased levels of lipids, which ends up making your skin look extremely oily and greasy. One of the most affected areas of your body is the T-zone as it is considered to have the maximum concentrations of sebaceous glands.

There are a number of things that can be done to prevent oily skin,  and ensure that excessive oil production doesn’t become a problem for you during the summers. This is why it is extremely important to learn how to care for oily skin. to One of the best ways of restricting the oil on your face is to have a proper cleansing routine. There are a number of cleansers that have been specially designed for oily skin. These cleansers contain ingredients like glycolic acid and salicylic acids, which can help to penetrate the lipid layers and get deep into the pores to exfoliate your skin cells from within. This helps in dissolving the oil and reducing the oily sheen. The ideal solution is to cleanse your face twice in the day – once in the mornings and once in the evenings.

Another key factor in reducing the oil content of your skin is exfoliation. Exfoliating your skin can help you to get rid of the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, thereby unclogging your pores.

Hydrating your skin on a regular basis is also important. Most people make the mistake of reducing or skipping out on moisturizer when they have oily skin. However, one of the main reasons that they have oily skin is that the hydration levels of their skin are not balanced. Using moisturizers can help to maintain this balance, thereby reducing the oil content. Ideally you should look for moisturizers that have been specially formulated for oily skin.

Finally, you should refrain from touching your face constantly. Although the humidity might make you feel uncomfortable, touching your face every now and then will simply make matters worse as it ends up spreading the dirt and the oil already present there. Try using blotting papers instead. These absorbent items suck out the excessive oil content and give your skin a matte look. There are even tips and tricks about how to apply makeup on oily skin as well as makeup made specifically for this skin type.