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Staying natural: The real benefits of a makeup-free routine during quarantine.

When it comes to wearing makeup while in quarantine, the most motivated ones of us decide to use this time at home to try new products, be creative and do extravagant looks. But, there are many people that want to take advantage of this period to slowly ditch their makeup routine and proudly show their natural skin.


Article published for The Teller magazine

This article was written for The Teller, in which I explain what are the benefits of choosing not to wear makeup for a day, a week and a month with tips to do while confined at home. You can read this article online, in the magazine here on page 50-51:

Although you may feel like not doing your make-up is the result of of laziness, you are not only going makeup-free, but also taking care of yourself more than ever. The dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant, M.P.H., M.D and professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, explains for sheknows.com that “wearing many layers of products every single day means you are going to be absorbing the chemicals in those products.” And that can not only affect the quality of your skin, but also your personal health. Even though the revenue of the cosmetics industry in the US reached 49.2bn USD in 2019 (statista.com, 2020), there is still a part of us that wants to come back to our natural side and listen to our body. Your skin needs your daily attention and it is your goal to be careful how you treat it. After one day, one week and one month, you will see a big difference that should make you want to celebrate your new skin.

Healthy, well-moisturized, calm skin is the most resistant to invasion by unwanted chemicals. – Dr. Jessica Krant

24 hours after this break that you decided to have, your skin is going to start breathing, so to speak; it will start calibrating itself and return to normal. To obtain good results it is important to clean your face and moisturize it every day even if you are not wearing makeup. The less bacteria you have on your face, the better its health is going to be. “Healthy, well-moisturized, calm skin is the most resistant to invasion by unwanted chemicals,” said Krant for sheknows.com. Before going to bed, apply your best face cream and sleep for at least eight hours, especially now that you have the time to do so. Poor sleep can increase the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, and deteriorate the quality of your skin.

1. Face scrub tea tree (the body shop, $11)/ 2. Thin scrub (La roche-posay, $16)/ 3. Almond & honey scrub (Mario Badescu, $16)/ 4. Face scrub (Florence by mill, $18.44)/ 5. Glycolic Acid (Facetheory, $14.30)/ 6. Glycolid Acid (Typology, $10.99)/ 7. Powder scrub (Oh my Cream!, $11)/ 8. Lip scrub (ECooking, $10.85)/ 9. Tea tree & Charcoal (Carbon Theory, $14.60)

You can say goodbye to oily skin and enjoy your fresh face. After seven days, your skin will appear brighter, smoother and unrecognizable. No one is going to ask you if you are tired or sick, as your skin will glow  in a way you have never seen. To look younger in a snap, exfoliate your epidermis, but not more than once or twice a week, otherwise you will create the opposite effect. This beauty technique helps to remove all of your dead skin cells, increase blood circulation, reduce acne breakouts and the likelihood of clogged pores.

A month after being bare-faced you can finally enjoy the results and analyze your face in front of the mirror. Your pores will look smaller now that your skin can breathe easier, due to the fact that you took got rid of all the chemicals that provoke a lot of damage. Less visible wrinkles too,  thanks to the water, in any moisturizer that you used, that keeps your skin hydrated and plumped. The board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nazarian said for wellandgood.com

that “the longer your skin can go without makeup, the better it will regulate your skin’s temperature, oil control, hydration, and its natural exfoliation process.” It can be normal still experimenting breakouts from time to time, according to galderma.comit takes about 28 days for the skin to regenerate and to adapt to this new routine that you have. But it is important to see a dermatologist if you suffer from acne or any persistent problems. A monthly visit can help prevent any degradation.

While 3 million people are confined at home, sometimes alone, taking care of yourself is the best decision that you can make. This makeup detox will give you a boost and clearly show if your daily-use products are really made for you. You are now ready to go out again with the most perfect skin. But don’t forget that what is important is to learn to love the way you look without makeup as much as you do with it. If you choose to wear makeup, wear it for yourself and not for society.


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