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Are you brave enough to go without makeup for a week?

Wearing makeup everyday is a routine that most women follow religiously.

Well I challenge you to go a week without makeup. I’ve done it and it feels great.

If you have acne prone skin then you probably use foundation as a cover up for those dark spots and pimples. Or if you have dark circles under your eyes then you probably use concealer to even it out. How about the girls who love eye shadow, and liner? I understand our need as women to look beautiful every time we leave the house but if we make our skin feel beautiful then confidence will replace makeup.

I gradually started wearing makeup in high school. It started with eye liner because I have almond shaped eyes, and I felt they look empty. Then I started wearing mascara. Soon I was wearing foundation, blush, eye shadow, and lipstick every day even if I was just running to the store. Guess what… if that’s you too ask yourself what I asked myself. “Why can’t you look at your own skin the way it is for at least day.”

I asked myself that question because the summer heat mixed with my makeup was making me breakout and I know I needed a break, but I was afraid to take one. So I went on vacation to a country that was so humid it literally forced me to not care about my makeup. While I was there for about 8 days I made sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and be more vigilant about my skin. Rather than trying to cover it up I was treating it nicely.

As my vacation progressed I felt refreshed and free. My skin was glowing, and I slowly began to realize that I looked fairly the same without makeup. My pores were breathing. My eyelashes were getting a chance to breathe without all the mascara stuck to it. My lips were properly hydrated, and I was getting used to it.

When I returned back to the states from my vacation I spent the rest of the summer not wearing makeup. With the exception of brown eye liner and a little lipstick I let my skin breathe. Of course I started slowly getting back to wearing makeup every day, but I never hesitate to take a break.

Old habits die hard, but there are tricks to breaking out of this habit. First of all, don’t let yourself go. Make sure your hair and clothing are up to par. Don’t over curl your hair or wear a ball gown just because you aren’t wearing makeup, but look presentable. Keep your lips moisturized. Just because you don’t have lipstick on doesn’t mean that you can’t put anything on.

Exfoliate! I live by that. When I exfoliate my skin immediately looks even and new. Last but not least find the right moisturizer that fits your skin, I recommend seeing a dermatologist. Clearer, healthier, skin will prompt you to drop the makeup brush quicker.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.