Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Waterproof Vs Water Resistant Makeup


There are so many choices when it comes to the type of makeup you go with.  When I first moved to Alaska, I applied my makeup one day in the middle of winter and by the time I got to work, my mascara had gathered ice and when I walked into the warm building it all melted and dripped down my cheeks.  After that, I waited till I got to work to apply it.  I did think about using waterproof mascara but then I'd come across both waterproof and water resistant types.  It was important to find out the difference between the two types of makeup. 

These two terms - water resistant and water proof actually refer to the different levels of resistance to water and moisture.  One has more resistance than the other but is not necessarily the best to use.  

First of all - water resistant makeup is designed to offer some protection against water and moisture but is not as long lasting as waterproof makeup.  It is able to withstand mild exposure to moisture and sweat without running or smudging but it is not designed to be fully waterproof.  It is a good choice for everyday wear and during activities you might perspire lightly but not for activities such as running in the rain or swimming.

In general you can find lipstick, mascara, and eyeliner in water resistant varieties.  The big plus of using this type of makeup is that you can easily remove it with regular makeup remover and you do not need to change your routine when using them. On the other hand, waterproof makeup is much more likely to last in situations with more moisture and sweat.

Waterproof makeup has been formulated to be highly resistant to moisture and sweat.  These products actually contain ingredients that provide a barrier between the skin and everything else so that moisture or water cannot penetrate it. This means that your makeup should not run, smudge, or smear.  This is the type of makeup you'd wear when swimming, running in a storm, or even during an intense workout.  

You are more likely to find waterproof versions of foundation, mascara, and eyeliner.  Choose this if you live where the humidity is high, it rains a lot, Due to the ingredients used in these products, it is important to have a makeup remover designed for waterproof products. This column explains the best way to remove waterproof makeup.  

Since waterproof makeup contains ingredients designed to create a barrier next to the skin, it is recommended you do not wear it everyday. These ingredients cause the makeup to remain on your skin longer and allows them to settle into the pores.  This could cause your pores to become clogged.  The ingredients may be harsh or cause irritation so it is best to only wear waterproof makeup when needed. In addition, waterproof makeup can make your lashes brittle especially if you do not remove it properly.  

If you aren't sure which would be best, the recommendation is to use water resistant makeup, but if you are going out in rain, swimming, being somewhere with lots of humidity, think about waterproof makeup. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day 

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