For many of us putting makeup on every morning before we leave the house has become routine. This is fine and it’s always entirely up to you whether you want to wear makeup or not. But it’s important to remember something that many people forget - makeup is an option. You don’t have to wear it. In fact, many people claim that, while going makeup-free in public spaces may feel like an odd or uncomfortable transition at first, it actually proves preferable in the long run. Your skin can breathe. You don’t have products clogging up or blocking your pores. You can even benefit from improved health, as many people don’t clean their makeup brushes or replace their products anywhere near as frequently as they probably should. So, if you’re considering implementing a new morning routine that doesn’t involve makeup, you may want to draw the focus on skincare - ensuring that your face is clean and well cared for at all times.
The first step in most people’s skincare routine tends to be washing their face. This is a basic step that everyone should have on their to-do list, both in the morning when you get up, as well as at night before you go to bed. This will help to clear away any dirt or buildup that may develop throughout the day, or that you might be exposed to throughout the night. Generally speaking, it’s best to choose a face wash that isn’t too harsh. Unnecessary chemicals and other harsh ingredients can actually cause damage to your skin in the long run. Instead, opt for products containing natural and organic ingredients. There are various forms of facial cleanser out there. From gel washes to foaming washes, soap bars and more. A good quality facial wash will remove dirt and build up from your face.
Your face can be completely clean, but without exfoliation, you may still experience problems like spots. Spots aren’t always caused by dirt. Instead, they can often be caused by dead skin cells blocking pores. When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells from your face. There are various ways to exfoliate, but most people opt for either an exfoliating scrub or an exfoliating brush. Just make sure that whatever you use isn’t too harsh on your skin. You don’t want to damage healthy skin cells or leave your skin red and raw.
Once you’ve dried your face, you may want to use a toner. A good quality toner will add an extra level of cleansing into your routine. It can remove excess oil or stubborn dirt that may have been missed during your wash. Generally, people will pour a little toner onto a cotton pad or reusable cotton pad and simply wipe it across their face. Some toners are also available in sprays. It’s also beneficial to go for a toner that is alcohol-free, to avoid drying out your skin.
Moisturising is an important part of any skincare regime - no matter what your skin type may be. Moisturising daily helps to reduce your chances of developing both dry skin and oily skin. They help to balance the skin’s complexion and can also prevent breakouts. Finding the right moisturiser for you may be a process of trial and error. But once you’ve found the perfect one, you’ll likely be able to stick with it for years to come. Often, people tend to prefer lighter creams during the day and heavier creams at night. So, for your No Makeup Face Routine, a light day time moisturiser will generally be best.
SPF tends to be a step that people completely forget in their skincare routine until they are on holiday in a location that is both hot and sunny. But SPF should form a part of your skincare routine every day. The sun’s rays pose a threat even on overcast days. A good cream with SPF or “sun protection factor” will help to protect your skin from UV rays, which can cause skin conditions and premature ageing of the skin.
This may seem like a lot of steps. But the secret to the perfect No Makeup Face Routine tends to be taking really good care of your skin. This will reduce the chances of blemishes and will leave your skin feeling and looking healthy and fresh. Start incorporating the above steps into your skincare routine and you’ll feel more comfortable without makeup in next to no time - and your skin will reap the benefits!