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This Is What Happens When You Stop Wearing Makeup

Even if your idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon involves drooling over shelves of lip gloss

shades and eyeshadow palettes at your local boutique, everyone needs a makeup break from

time to time.

Yes, it's fun to gussy up, and cosmetics can certainly boost our sense of confidence while

out and about, but slathering on those coats of coverall every day can be pretty unhealthy

for your skin.

By pressing the pause button on these products and opting for a make-up free fresh face like

Alicia Keys, there may be some serious health benefits you never expected.

Here's what happens to your face when you stop wearing makeup.

Your pores will shrink

Foundation, blush and bronzer might look nice and all, but underneath the surface, these

tiny makeup particles accumulate in our pores with each and every wear.

Along with all the air pollutants our skin is exposed to everyday, dirt builds up, causing

pores to become clogged and enlarged over time.

Going makeup free — and keeping up with regular facial cleansing — minimizes buildup

inside the pores, and reduces sagging and wrinkle formation in the skin.

Fewer breakouts

The more makeup you use, the more toxins and chemical compounds you're putting on your

face — not to mention all the gross stuff that builds up on our makeup brushes that

we know we're not cleaning on a regular basis like we should.

All these germs not only clog pores, but they cause inflammation, which leads to more breakouts

that we end up desperately trying to cover up with more makeup.

Less makeup means fewer pimples, which helps to stop this vicious cycle at the start.

Fewer eye infections

Mascara will do wonders to make your lashes look longer, and it's fun to see how much

our eyes can pop with a little length.

Unfortunately, though, most eye makeup contains preservatives that can cause pink eye, and

allergies to the ingredients can also regularly cause symptoms like redness, swelling, dryness

and itching.

Plus, germs can easily spread by sharing eye makeup from person to person.

Eyeliner pencils and mascara wands can do some pretty serious damage, too.

Experts say that they can damage your lens during application and lead to painful abrasions

with just one slip of the wrist.

Eyeliner might be pretty, but a corneal scratch is not.

Goodbye to dry skin

Makeup messes with our skin's natural cell renewal process, which can wreak havoc on

the surface, especially on those nights when we're just too tired to wash the makeup up

off our faces.

Leaving makeup on overnight like this allows the day's dead skin cells to accumulate with

residue and interrupts the formation of new skin cells, which leads to a dull skin tone.

So, washing it all away leaves us with a face that's more vibrant and hydrated.

Fewer allergic reactions

Every day makeup and skin care products are filled with agents like parabens, sulfates,

and metals, which are among the many substances that commonly cause allergic reactions.

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A bad reaction to these substances can lead to contact dermatitis, which appears as red,

dry patches on the surface of the skin.

If that happens, it's best to ditch the product that's causing the cellular commotion.

Going makeup-free, of course, can avoid this problem altogether.

A healthier you

Besides reducing breakouts, evening your skin tone, and helping to keep your face looking

and feeling healthier, ditching your makeup addiction can have positive effects on the

rest of your body as well.

That's because those pesky carcinogens found in lip sticks and eyeshadows can take a toll

on other parts of your body's health as well, like increasing high blood pressure, behavioral

abnormalities, and even rates of fertility.

So while you don't have to swear off makeup forever, it might not be a bad idea to give

your body a break from this stuff every now and then.

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