If you scroll through social media, do you see dozens of makeup tutorials or images of women with flawless, camera-ready skin? These days, it may seem like you have to wear makeup to look your best, but the reality is: Sometimes, taking a break from makeup is exactly what your face needs. Here are some tips for taking a break from makeup and embracing your natural beauty.
The path to natural beauty starts with proper exfoliation practices. Without makeup, your skin may look tired and lack radiance. That could be because your pores are clogged with dead skin cells that need to be flushed out. Start exfoliating once a week. If your skin can take it, exfoliate up to three times per week. Use a gentle scrub for top-layer cleansing and pore penetration. And if you’re prone to breakouts, choose a scrub containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential for revitalizing your mind and body, but it’s also important for maintaining healthy skin. That’s right: Beauty sleep is no myth. Getting 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night can lead to:
- Balanced human growth hormones for radiant skin
- Balanced melatonin levels for an increase in antioxidants
- Lower cortisol levels to reduce stress
- Increased hydration levels for moisturized skin
- Reduced dark circles and puffy eyes
- Maintaining collagen levels to support skin elasticity
Use Natural Products
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so taking proper care of it is essential. That’s why natural products are the way to go – especially considering what you apply to it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. For example, CBD products contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to nourish and renew the skin.
Always Apply SPF
Whether you’re going outside for five minutes or sitting at a desk by a window all day, always apply SPF. Sunscreen prevents premature aging and limits skin damage. An easy way to do this is to use a moisturizer containing SPF.
Exercise (and Drink Water)
When you exercise, your blood flow increases, leading to better circulation and increased lymph flow, decreasing eye puffiness and producing a natural glow on your skin. Regular exercise can also improve sleep and reduce stress, both of which are necessary for healthy skin. And of course, staying hydrated can help smooth your skin!