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Applying makeup can be both fun and practical—a little blue eyeliner or shimmery eye shadow can allow you to express yourself and enhance your natural beauty, while concealer and foundation can help hide any insecurities. Still, while makeup can give your skin’s appearance and your confidence a boost, you don’t always need it! What’s more, your skin could probably use a break from it. That’s not to say that you should face the world with no face or eye makeup every single day, but from time to time, you and your skin could benefit from a no-makeup day. If the thought of a no-makeup day scares you, we’re here to hopefully change your mind. Whatever skin type or skin care concerns you may have, there are plenty of reasons to love your skin, sans makeup. Here are six of them!
Surely, at some point, you've experienced those raccoon-like mascara and eyeliner smears, lipstick smudges on your teeth, and bad blending blunders. Even if you start your day with makeup that has been perfectly applied, many factors, like the humidity or a long commute, can cause smears, smudges, and the like. Once your makeup has been altered, it no longer does much to enhance your beautiful skin and natural beauty and you’re left to worry and/or fix it. So, on a hot or busy day full of running around town, consider wearing no makeup to avoid these makeup mishaps. You can love your skin and how it looks by keeping it fresh and smear-free.
If you’ve been experiencing more breakouts than normal, you may want to give your skin a makeup break every now and then. When you wear makeup, it can mix together with dirt or other debris you come into contact with, not to mention the excess oil and dead skin cells your skin naturally produces. All of this, if not properly cleansed, can lead to breakouts. Without any face makeup covering your complexion, you’re taking away one of those pore-clogging factors. Use the time you free up not applying makeup to treat your skin to a purifying face mask or face scrub, such as the L'Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, to further encourage clarity.
When you don’t have to spend time worrying about covering up your skin concerns, you can use that time to care for them instead. For example, if your skin appears dry, dull, or flaky, rather than hiding it with concealer, you can reallocate that time towards applying a hydrating face serum, such as the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. After your serum, layer on a light facial moisturizer, like the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin. Hydrated skin will appear more radiant and nourished—even if you’re wearing no makeup.
There’s nothing like a no makeup day to lift your beautiful skin spirits. Give your skin a little extra attention in the morning and you’re more likely to love how it looks throughout the day. You’ll see that while makeup can be fun and sometimes necessary, you don’t always need it to look and feel your best!
Wearing makeup to the gym is okay if you follow the right skin care protocol afterward—aka cleansing your skin right away. But really, everything is easier if your skin isn’t covered in makeup during your sweat sessions. Take advantage of your no-makeup day by booking a yoga or spin class and let your skin sweat in peace, sans any makeup. And remember, whenever you do wear makeup to workout, you should cleanse your skin immediately afterward. If you can’t make it to a sink or the shower, use micellar water or the L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes as part of a sink-less skin care routine.
When you don’t spend an extra 15 minutes or so applying your makeup for the day, you’ll also have a bit of extra time for yourself. Whether you spend it sleeping in or adding a few extra steps to your skin care routine, we’re sure you’ll enjoy that precious free time. Just remember that while you can most definitely face the day without makeup, you should always be sure to wear sunscreen or moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum SPF. This will shield your beautiful skin from harmful UV rays, better protecting and preserving your skin’s natural beauty.
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