Many of us love makeup — it’s colorful, it’s fun, and it’s a great confidence booster. So, we pile it on before leaving for work, when we have a night out, or when we just feel like it. And, for some of us, we can’t step outside without makeup since it has become such an integral part of our routine.
It’s understandable but did you know that going bare-faced is one of the best things that you can do for your skin?
Need something more to go on? Well, let’s take a look at some of the surprising skin benefits of going makeup-free to see if they can convince you to go bare-faced.
1. Give Your Skin a Breather
If you use makeup daily and tend to leave it on for hours and hours on end, your skin will have no chance to breathe. This can greatly affect your skin’s production of sebum and oil as well as natural hydration. So, you could see either way too much or way too little.
In any case, makeup-free days will be especially handy to let your skin breathe and recalibrate itself. Plus, the lack of makeup will also speed up skin cell regeneration — giving your skin a more youthful and radiant look.
2. Minimize Breakouts
You’ll likely have noticed this: makeup sits atop your skin. This barrier causes your skin to produce more oil. In turn, the excess oil clogs your pores — leading to skin issues such as blackheads, acne, and more.
By going bare-faced, you reduce the chances of skin concerns brought about by blocked pores.
3. Free Up Your Time
Makeup takes time. The smooth application of foundation, the careful placement of contour, and the skillful winged eyeliner — they all take time. And, let’s be real: time is something most of us are short of in the morning.
So, if you remove makeup from the equation, your morning frees up considerably. Now, you’ll have more time to dedicate to your skincare routine instead. Put on a hydrating face mask, exfoliate for glowing skin, or simply allow your moisturizer and serum time to sink in into your skin and work their magic.
4. Lessen Allergies and Irritations
Whether it’s expensive makeup or ones from the drugstore, it’s unfortunate that many of them contain substances that are known to cause irritation, skin allergies, and inflammation.
For instance, you can find parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and even metals in tons of makeup. These ingredients have been known to irritate and strip the skin of its natural oils.
A makeup-free face will significantly minimize your contact with these toxic and irritating ingredients.
5. Better Absorption of Skincare
When you layer makeup atop your skincare, the makeup might inhibit the active ingredients’ ability to work properly and effectively. So, you could have the best skin care in the world but it’d still be worthless since it’s not allowed to maximize its potential.
But, when you’re bare-faced, the skincare products can work as they’re meant to. Plus, clean skin free of makeup also makes it easier for the skincare to penetrate and nourish from within.