There are plenty of reasons to love make up. It can help bring out our favorite features, hide flaws, and make us feel more confident. And if we’re being honest, makeup is a blast to play around with. But as much as makeup can be a girl’s best friend, it may not be the healthiest thing to slather all over our faces on a daily basis.
Your pores will look smaller
Foundation, blush and bronzer might look nice, but underneath the surface, these tiny makeup particles accumulate in our pores with each wear. Along with all the air pollutants our skin is exposed to each day, dirt builds up, causing pores to become clogged and appear enlarged over time. Although there’s nothing you can do to actually change the size of your pores, going makeup free (and regular facial cleansing) minimizes buildup inside the pores, making them appear smaller and giving your complexion a smoother finish.
You’ll experience fewer breakouts
The more makeup we use, the more toxins we’re putting on our faces – 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’re supposed to. 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.
In short, less makeup means fewer pimples, which helps to stop this vicious cycle
Fewer eye infections
Mascara will do way more than just make your lashes look longer. Unfortunately, most eye makeup contains preservatives that can cause conjunctivitis (a.k.a. pink eye), as well as other eye allergies that come with a slew of uncomfortable symptoms like redness, swelling, dryness and itching. Germs can also spread by sharing makeup.
Goodbye to dry skin
Makeup messes with our skin’s natural cell renewal process, which can wreak havoc on the skin, especially on those nights when we’re too tired to wash the makeup up off our faces.
No makeup means no nasty, germy residue left behind to interrupt the formation of new cells. This leaves us with a face that’s naturally more vibrant and hydrated.
Fewer allergic reactions
Parabens, sulfates, and metals are all things that can be found in everyday makeup and skin care products. Unfortunately, they’re also part of the 3,700 substances known to cause skin allergies.
Lead esthetician of Shen Beauty, Carrie Lindsey, told Bustle that makeup allergies most often show up as a skin irritation called contact dermatitis. “[Contact dermatitis] can appear in the form of red, dry patches on the skin, or with more severity there will be inflammation in the form of hives or raised, dry patches.” She urges you to discontinue using any product that causes your skin to react in this way. Not sure what’s making your skin act funky? Going makeup free might just be the answer to your dilemma.
Although it may sound counterintuitive, the same makeup that you’re using to cover up wrinkles and blemishes may be making them worse, says dermatologist Dr. Robin Evans. Over time, makeup tends to settle into fine lines and wrinkles, which essentially just shines a spotlight on the very signs of aging you’re trying to hide. It’s like a telltale heart that gets louder the longer you try to cover it up. Everyone ages, so rather than trying to bury your age under layers of foundation, embrace your true face — you might be surprised at how much younger you actually look.
More sun damage
While rocking a naked face has some advantages, makeup isn’t always a sinister villain. For some women, the SPF in their foundation is the only source of sun protection they use on their face. In that case, Dr. Fayne Frey told me that going without makeup may increase their risk of sun damage. However, she adds that most women don’t apply their makeup thick enough or frequently enough to get the full SPF coverage advertised on their foundation. So makeup or no makeup, everyone should be using an additional sun-blocking moisturizer daily in order to actually ward off the harsh effects of the sun.