Experts Reveal Damaging Skincare And Makeup

27 Sep 2021 | Category: Cosmetic

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The Mail Online’s Femail took expert advice from Dr Ross Perry on the skincare and makeup choices that could have be doing more harm than good for your appearance. 

These are products that are quite commonly used, but can have negative effects according to the skin experts.

Dr Ross Perry provided sensible advice on three very popular products.

Make up wipes

Makeup wipes are a very convenient way of removing grime and makeup at the end of the day. They’ve become very popular over the last few years, but they aren’t always doing the job that people think they are.

Dr Ross Perry, Founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, told Mail Online:

“Baby wipes or water wipes will only take off a small amount of make-up and dirt from the skin, in actual fact all you’re doing is rubbing the make-up further into the skin.

“A wipe is better than not washing or cleansing the face at all, but this alone just isn’t enough if you want healthy looking skin. You also run the risk of over wiping and dragging the skin on your face with a wipe which can lead to irritation.

“Because you’re not properly cleansing your skin this can lead to breakouts and clogged pores. Baby wipes can also strip the skin of its natural oils making it feel tight and dry looking, not to mention dull in appearance. Unfortunately just using water alone won’t cleanse the skin properly either.

“You need something extra to take off the make-up and dirt from the skin itself. My advice is to opt for liquid cleansers and cleansing creams which help to lift the dirt from the skin and keep pores clean.”

SPF in makeup

Dr Perry says SPF in foundation rarely provides sufficient protection against the harmful effects of the sun’s rays:

“When companies test out an SPF they slather on a thick layer, unfortunately when we put foundation on we’re only really using a fraction of what’s actually needed. You also run the risk of make-up sliding off the face and losing what little protection there actually is.

“I always advise people to opt for a broad spectrum SPF. You need to be protected against UVB rays which are responsible for sunburn and melanomas but also UVA which causes wrinkles and pressure ageing.

“Make-up is rarely broad spectrum. Therefore it’s best to use a broad spectrum SPF after moisturising. Allow it to sink into the skin before adding foundation with added SPF for extra protection.”

Matte lipstick

Matte liquid lipsticks are popular as they tend to last much longer than oily lipstick. However, this can make them drying and uncomfortable. Dr Perry explained:

“Matte lipsticks can really dry the lips out leading to flakiness, dehydrated looking lips and possible cracks. This is because matte lipsticks turn the lips dry as they soak in all the moisture, especially ones claiming to last at least 12 hours.

“My advice is to use a matte lipsticks sporadically and not as a daily lipstick. Make sure lips are well hydrated so regular exfoliation, and frequently use moisturising products containing aloe vera, and vitamin E, especially designed for the lips.”


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Dr Ross Perry

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Dr Ross Perry is Founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.

He qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections. Ross provides regular comment to the UK media on a broad variety of health and skin-related matters.


Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers and laser treatments; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.

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