Make up can be super fun and is used by many to express themselves, but it can also be quite damaging for our skin and our self-perception. Read on to find out why it can be good for you to take a break from makeup every now and then.
Let your skin breath
Makeup, especially heavy foundation, is likely to clog your pores and congest your skin. In fact, it actually prevents oxygen from flowing in and out of your pores. So taking a break from makeup will allow your skin to breath and you’ll feel fresh and clean.
This is especially important if you have sensitive skin or break out when wearing make up. Covering it up with more make up will likely make it worse! So it’s a good idea to invest in face soap and moisturisers that will clean and rejuvenate your skin.
Appreciate your natural beauty
When you take a break from makeup, you allow yourself the opportunity to appreciate your natural beauty. Seeing certain beauty standards on social media and then buying makeup to try and reach those standards can lead to a toxic cycle. Not wearing makeup can help to improve your self-confidence and self-worth, as our value shouldn’t be defined by our physical appearance. It helps you to appreciate yourself as you are and learn there are more important aspects to you than the physical features of your face.
Get more out of your products
Makeup actually looks better on clean fresh skin, so taking a break from makeup means you’ll get better results from your products. You’ll find less product build up on your skin and lashes, making for a much smoother application process.
Sometimes less is more. So instead of wearing heavy foundation, maybe opt for a tinted moisturiser, something that will feel light on your skin and that you can easily remove.
Save valuable time
Let’s face it, putting on makeup every morning takes up a lot of time. Even if it only takes you 20 minutes to apply makeup, that’s an 20 extra minutes you could have spent in bed! Taking a break from the mirror means you’ll have extra time in the morning, either to sleep in, eat a proper breakfast or even sit down and watch the morning news.
Every now and then I won’t wear makeup to university, and the first time I did it I was so surprised at how much extra time I had in the morning! It makes for a much healthier morning routine.
Save those pennies
The reality of wearing makeup is that it’s expensive, so probably the best reason to take a break from makeup is that you will save some of your hard earned money! Even drugstore makeup adds up, so by not wearing makeup so often, you won’t have to buy it as often.
Feel less dependent on makeup
Wearing makeup every day can lead to feeling naked without it. So taking a break from makeup will help you to feel less dependent on it. It’s natural to have fun with makeup when going out or if you have a special event, but for everyday things like getting groceries or studying at university, it’s not necessary to cover up in a full face of makeup.
It’s important to be comfortable in your own skin so you can leave the house with confidence when you’re not wearing makeup.