Bare-faced beauty: how to rise to the #makeupfree challenge
Ever considered going #makeupfree? If you’re used to masking your skin every morning, stepping out bare faced can seem understandably daunting. But, what if you could make your complexion glow without cosmetics? Here’s how to go #makeupfree with confidence.
Truth: it’s what’s underneath that counts
Granted, using makeup to mask sunspots or add a faux glow to lacklustre skin is a handy quick fix, but that’s all it is: a temporary cover-up. The best long-term strategy is to improve your skin’s overall appearance for real. Science says put your dollars behind some decent skincare. Correcting the quality and texture of your complexion is a far better investment for youthful skin than spending your hard-earned moolah on covering up skin issues. Where to start? Get into a skincare routine that has some serious anti-ageing prowess – a serum with antioxidants, Vitamin C and a hyaluronic acid synthesis booster to plump, brighten and smooth skin. Combine this with an octapeptide moisturiser that diminishes fine lines and wrinkles whilst also replacing lost moisture and feeding skin with radiance reviving nutrients. You’ll see the payoff soon enough (we’re talking going makeup free in just a few weeks!).
Makeup can actually accelerate ageing
Especially if you’re relying on makeup as your main source of sun protection. That’s a big no-no. You need serious SPF, and oodles of it daily, if slowing ageing is on your radar, so it’s best to use sunscreen separately. SPF aside, it’s no secret that sometimes makeup highlights, rather than hides, signs of skin ageing. Foundation and concealer are particularly prone to sliding into fine lines and common makeup ingredients, such as talc, can also dry out skin even further. The result? The cover-up is making you look older. Sound familiar. Then consider that going makeup free could actually be more flattering.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
There’s truth in this precautionary cliché. Aside from the sun, there are other modern skin woes, such as air pollution levels, that require regular preventative action. Environmental pollution causes free radical damage, a problem that only antioxidants can effectively mop up. Vitamin C is absolutely essential, as it has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, skin whitening and collagen stimulating properties (read: all the major anti-ageing weapons in one single ingredient!). We recommend using a Vitamin C-rich serum that is specifically designed to really penetrate deep down into the skin to target wrinkles and pigmentation at the source.
Less is more
If you’re using a laundry list of products, you might be doing more damage than good. Healthy skin needs just four high-quality, science-backed skincare products to look its radiant best: a gentle cleanser, an antioxidant-rich serum, a moisturiser with serious skin-plumping power and sunscreen. There’s no such thing as a quick fix, but if you stick with a healthy skincare regimen, you’ll see results in as little as one month.
signs of ageing from the inside out
With every passing decade, our skin is more prone to dehydration, but it’s something that is relatively simple to fix. Guzzling the recommended 8-glasses a day of H2O can be challenging, but chomping on water-rich fruit and veg like cucumber and watermelon is a great alternative – not only are they high in water, they also help flush toxins from your system so it’s a win-win for clear skin.
Eat yourself beautiful
As well as water your skin also needs essential Omega fatty acids to achieve healthy hydration levels. Nuts and seeds are a good source, but an oil-rich moisturiser will also feed skin with nourishing essential fatty acids from the outside. Boost your intake of foods that are high in zinc, copper and selenium as these minerals all have skin-firming actions. Good food sources include chicken, chickpeas, lentils and walnuts.
Turn your bedroom into a silent cave and you’ll find it easier to get your 8 hours of quality shut-eye. Not only will you feel better, but your skin will look fresher too (cell regeneration and repair happens while you sleep). If you find it hard to nod off, research shows a few small changes can help: unplug appliances in the bedroom, leave your mobile in another room, invest in blockout blinds and cut back on stimulants like caffeine and television. To really help boost skin radiance remember to add your serum to your nightly routine – a quality serum is formulated to deliver potent antioxidants and nutrients deep into the skin to support the natural night time regeneration process.
Keep it all in perspective
We’re all going to age. There’s no getting around that fact. But… rather than constantly covering up our perceived imperfections with makeup, why not tackle the problem at the source? Science says it’s possible to slow down the ageing process. If you’re eating a whole food diet high in antioxidants, drinking plenty of water and using high-quality anti-ageing skincare, rest assured you’re doing all you can to slow down the tick-tock of the body clock. Stick with it and you might even find going makeup-free is much easier than expected!
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