Here are six reasons why you may wish to go make-up free for a minimum of a week.
1. Your skin will thank you
Even if you don’t realize it, a lot of the makeup you put on is toxic. Cosmetic products are not subjected to the same inspections as food or medicine before being launched to the mass market. It is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer to decided whether a product is safe to use or not.
Unfortunately, a great deal of them do contain harmful substances that get instantly absorbed by your skin. For instance, well-known cosmetics ingredients such as sodium benzoate, propylene glycol and a number of other acids (not to mention parabens and carcinogens) cause allergic reactions on most skin types.
Secondly, if you ‘d like to have the best blemish-free and radiant skin, covering it up with tons of foundation won’t help you with that. If you put on makeup all day, some of it will undoubtedly seep into your skin pores, causing them to enlarge and result in acne and blemishes.
2. You will have more free time
On average women in the US apply 17 beauty products before leaving the house and spend around an hour to get their looks together. Another study showed that women around the world waste 474 days of their lives applying makeup.
Just think for a second how many amazing things you could do instead– learn a new language, have more incredible travel experiences or master photography.
Once you stop wearing makeup, you have one spare hour in the morning that you could either use to get extra sleep (which is delightful indeed) or turn into a beneficial activity like working working out or learning French.
Is there’s something you always wanted to start doing but never had time for? Well, why don’t you do it in the morning instead of applying your makeup?
3. You will learn to love your flaws
Learning to love yourself and embrace your flaws is one of the biggest challenges everyone faces. At first, when you go makeup free, you’ll feel exposed. You are no longer hidden behind a fancy facade with all the pimples, freckles and other tiny defects you can’t tolerate disguised under a deep layer of powder.
Do you want to know a secret? No one actually pays attention to your tiny imperfections except you! You should stop treating them like “flaws” and think of them as your “specialty.”.
4. You will be more at peace with yourself.
One of the most common things we hear from girls is that “Makeup makes me feel more beautiful.” The truth is– it shouldn’t!
Last year Marc Jacobson models walked down the runway with no makeup; Cate Blanchett, Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Jessica Simpson and even Brad Pitt have been featured on top magazine covers with no makeup or Photoshop re-touching.
You should not allow anyone to judge you solely by how you look (and ditch those people who do!) or allow someone to get you down just because they have a different idea about how people should be presented.
Quiting makeup is just another small step towards making peace with your body image and your soul.
5. You will start feeling more confident.
Regrettably, applying mascara and eye shadows will not help you improve your self-esteem and confidence. Instead of covering up yourself, you should focus on loving your natural look and accepting yourself. Your confidence will skyrocket once you learn to accept yourself the way you are.
We used to think that if we were to stop wearing makeup, we would be considered less attractive and date-able by the opposite sex. In reality, Some of us met our significant other while in our unglam situation.
Ditching the mindset that your self-confidence depends on your makeup, you will start building it up on the right principles: self-respect, positive attitude and competence.
6. You will start treasuring life on a deeper level.
Accepting your natural look is the foundation of a life rooted in simplicity and in harmony with yourself.
Chasing trends and fighting to comply with social norms and beauty standards is exhausting. So is spending a huge chunk of money on beauty products in hopes they would make you feel “prettier” and thus “better,” yet leaving you feeling ruined instead.
Remember, your looks do not define who you are. You are better than this and you are beautiful the way you are!
Going makeup free takes courage, but it’s a rewarding experience indeed.