(Why I’m Going Makeup Free Plus My Current Lockdown Skincare Regime)
Applying makeup has always been part of my morning regime, even on the days filled only by a trip to Costa or a bimble through the aisles of B&M; the ritual for me is more important than the end result, helping me to feel myself while taking pure pleasure from the motions of brushing mascara through my lashes. But as we’re all staying at home and literally have nowhere to go, the ritual of applying makeup has seemed increasingly pointless – for me personally, at least. When I’m barely managing to pull an outfit together Monday to Friday (reaching instead for any manner of mismatched items I can find lingering on the floor,) I’ve started to be increasingly makeup free.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been skipping my makeup regime entirely and choosing instead to focus on my skincare, hoping that when this is all over my complexion will have never looked better. Already I’m starting to see the benefits: my skin looks clearer and fresher, while I’m becoming less and less bothered about the imperfections I’ve often focused too much on while looking in the mirror. If, like me, you’ve been skipping your makeup regime or are simple tempted to ditch the makeup altogether in the short term, here are five benefits of going makeup free…
TAKE SOME TIME BACK
It’s estimated that we spend over 400 days during our average lifetimes applying makeup, which equates to around 40 minutes a day for sixty years. By skipping that entirely you’re freeing up time that could be used elsewhere; whether you choose to spend that in bed, making coffee or going for a morning run is up to you! The hour I usually spend doing my hair and makeup is currently being spent sat outside with a morning coffee, or getting my work done quicker so I can enjoy a free afternoon – and right now I can’t see that I’ll be reverting back any time soon.
LET YOUR SKIN BREATHE
Although makeup is becoming increasingly lightweight, non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores,) and designed to offer skincare benefits, continually adding layer upon layer of heavy product could have a detremental impact on skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, dryness or irritation then your makeup could be exacerbating the problem, especially if you’re not cleaning your tools regularly or throwing away old products. By giving your skin a chance to find it’s balance, over time you could reduce oiliness, inflammation or breakouts and reveal much healthier, hydrated and glowing skin instead; my skin always looks better when I skip the makeup for a while, so I’m fully embracing that while I’m hauled up at home.
LOVE YOUR IMPERFECTIONS
The problem with applying our ‘war paint’ on a daily basis is that we can develop a negative relationship with our imperfections and start to perceive them as quirks that ‘need correcting.’ Whether that’s dark circles, blemishes, redness or even patchy brows, it’s important have a positive relationship with your face in its most natural and un-corrected form. We shouldn’t be afraid to look in the mirror makeup free, nor should we worry about loved ones seeing us without our face on; the more you embrace it, the more positive relationship you’ll have with yourself in the long-term. Over the last few weeks I’ve definitely stopped focusing on my dark circles, fine lines and brows that are in desperate need of micro-blading – and the result is I’ve not bothered to put on any makeup unless I actually *want* to.
FOCUS ON SKINCARE
No matter our intentions, applying multiple layers of skincare beneath our daily makeup is often not realistic; many creams and oils can cause slippage and caking, while many of us also hate the feeling of too many products on the skin. By actively choosing to skip makeup altogether we’re free to make better skincare choices, taking the time to layer and massage them into skin for radiance and glow. It may seem a little OTT to be applying treatments, serum, eye cream, moisturiser and SPF every day, but when you’ve got the time and nowhere to go but your sofa it seems less like a chore and more like a way to take care of yourself.
ENJOY THE PROCESS
They say you appreciate something more when it’s gone, and the same can be said of makeup. The one day a week I do actually apply it (either for the routine of it or because I’m taking photos,) brings so much more pleasure than it would have done before: the satisfaction gained from buffing in my base with a sponge, the fluffiness of my brushes used to apply some warming bronzer, the magic of mascara creating a lashline that wasn’t previously there. It means so much more to me when I do actually choose to apply it, I pay conscious attention to everything I do and I take even more pleasure from the end result.
Whether you choose to wear makeup during this period is completely personal choice; I know people taking pleasure in the security of a morning routine spent at their dressing table, while others feel liberated at not needing to spend those precious moments attempting to perfect symmetrical eye liner.
I still love makeup, but right now I’m enjoying being on a break; it’s just a slip of lip balm and a smile for me!
How about you?
If you’re interested in my everyday lockdown skincare regime, then have a watch of my video below!
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