Makeup itself does not cause wrinkles, contrary to popular belief. However, wearing makeup can contribute to skin issues if it is not removed properly; this is perhaps the origin of the myth that makeup causes wrinkles. By sleeping with a full face of makeup on, for example, pores can get clogged. When skin is clogged and deprived of oxygen, it does not spring back to its original shape as quickly. Also, some people pull and tug at their skin when applying makeup. Excessive force on delicate areas of skin, such as the eyelids or undereyes, can stretch out the skin and cause it to lose its elasticity, thus causing wrinkles to develop.
Makeup May Prevent Wrinkles
Most makeup today contains some form of sunscreen, either physical or chemical. Wearing makeup may actually prevent some signs of aging, such as wrinkles, because the makeup itself may act as a barrier between skin and the environment. Dermatologists recognize the enormous role that sun exposure plays in aging; by wearing makeup that contains SPF on a regular basis, the chances of getting wrinkles and sunspots due to UV damage are reduced. Wrinkles are generally agreed upon as being caused by such things as facial movement, sun exposure, smoking, and, yes, gravity.
As long as makeup is completely removed, gently, with no tugging or scrubbing, it will not contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
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