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.
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
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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