Cosmetic glitter is one of the newest ways for people to give their skin a pop.
But as long as you don’t go overboard with the glitter, it can still cause irritation.
What you can and can’t do with cosmetic glitter is up to you.
Here’s a list of things to avoid, according to Dr. Michelle Wylie, a dermatologist at The Ohio State University.1.
Adding too much glitter.
When you add too much of a substance, it will cause more irritation, she said.
This is particularly problematic with cosmetic makeup products that are used for sun protection.
“It’s a chemical reaction between a pigment and a base, and that reaction is not conducive to good skin health,” she said, adding that you shouldn’t add more than about 1/3 of the glitter to your makeup.2.
Adding to makeup too quickly.
While it’s perfectly acceptable to add a small amount of glitter, “you’re not going to be able to hold on to that glitter forever,” she explained.
Wylie recommends you wait a few minutes for it to dry and then reapply.3.
Over-powdering your makeup with glitter.
“If you’re doing too much, you can over-pigment your foundation,” she added.
A “small amount of makeup remover” can be used to help remove glitter.4.
Adding glitter to the shower.
Glow in the dark is an effective way to add extra shine to a skin tone, she explained, adding you can also apply it to the front and back of your skin.5.
Using a gel or serum instead of makeup.
If you use a gel, Wyl, like many others, recommends not using too much at once.
Instead, apply a few drops to your face and then let it dry.6.
Not washing your face thoroughly.
Don’t rinse your face too thoroughly.
This can cause the skin to oxidize, causing irritation.7.
Too much glitter in the bathtub.
As the name implies, this type of glitter is made with glitter in an acid solution.
According to Dr, Wym, the most common way to get too much in your bathtub is to soak it in a liquid.8.
Adding more glitter into the shower for an even more dramatic effect.
“Makeup can be very beautiful and sparkly in a small quantity, but when you’re using it to make a larger-scale splash, it may make your skin look more oily and shiny,” she suggested.
However, she added that you should still rinse your skin thoroughly before using the shower to prevent further irritation.9.
Adding makeup onto the shower head.
Another way to use too much is to pour makeup onto your shower head, which can cause it to spill onto your face.
Also, if you have an excess of mascara, you should also wash your face after applying it to your lashes.
The beauty industry has a tendency to over-exaggerate how much makeup you need to use in order to achieve a look.
“There’s a certain level of ‘piggyback’ that goes along with a lot of cosmetics, and it can be difficult to get the right balance of everything,” said Dr. Wyl.
So, what are some other ways to avoid getting too much into your makeup?
Stay tuned for more advice.
Posted by Bonnie Hauschka at 10:04 PM