Tips for going on a makeup cleanse

Taking a break from makeup isn’t as scary as it sounds. As long as you take good care of your skin, you can rock a no-makeup look and feel great about it. Here’s how.

Eat a healthy diet

What you put into your body is even more important than what you put on your face when it comes to maintaining healthy skin. An emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables, limited sugar and lots of water will help keep skin clear and vibrant, as will avoiding processed foods whenever possible. The better your diet, the better your skin will look without makeup.

Wean off makeup slowly

If you typically wear a lot of makeup, then it will be much more difficult to take an all-or-nothing approach. Instead, start by toning it down a bit, going for more neutral colours or skipping products like eyeshadow. You’ll slowly get used to what you actually look like without makeup, and it won’t seem quite so jarring when you finally do rock a no-makeup look.

Don’t skip the sunscreen

No one wants skin to age faster than it has to, but that will be the case if you skimp on sunscreen. Not to mention, not wearing sunscreen means you’re also risking your skin’s overall health. Make sure your skin stays smooth and glowing by starting the day with an SPF of at least 30, and go for something with broad spectrum coverage, which protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Exfoliate regularly

Dull, congested skin isn’t ideal. Keep yours looking bright with the help of regular exfoliation. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, deep cleans your pores and speeds up the skin renewal process, all of which improve skin tone and texture and make for a smoother, more vibrant and even-toned complexion. Avoid harsh scrubs, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, and instead opt for a gentler formula.

Buy products that suit your skin type

Buying a moisturizer for oily skin when your complexion is dry isn’t going to do your skin any favours. If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, then talk to a dermatologist or aesthetician. But in general, if your skin feels tight and dry soon after washing, then you have dry skin. If your skin is often shiny, then you most likely have oily skin. And if your cheeks feel dry but you have an oily T-zone, then you have combination skin. Shopping according to your skin type will help ensure you are addressing your skin’s issues and keeping it healthy.

Always wash your face at night

Leaving makeup on at the end of a long day and falling straight into bed seems tempting, but it can wreak havoc on your complexion. Leaving makeup on overnight can cause irritation and clog pores, causing breakouts, so take the extra few minutes to cleanse your skin before you hit the sack.

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