Ahhh, weekends! Time to sleep in, catch up on Netflix, nap lots and decompress from the excesses of the work week. It’s also the perfect time to give your skin a break.
I don’t wear makeup on weekends if I can help it, except for a tinted lip balm if I’m feeling blah, or my usual red lippie if I’m going out at night.
Ironically, my journey to a makeup-free weekend started a few years ago when I had a bout of serious adult acne. My dermatologist put me on a regimen of skin-refining treatments and oral supplements, advised me to go makeup-free as much as possible ─ and my skin eventually cleared up in about a year.
1. I felt a bit “naked” and insecure. At first
I’m cursed/blessed with a baby face. When I don’t wear makeup, I’m convinced I also look kind of blank. Plus, I have a real issue with my (lack of eyebrows). I could go on… But I won’t. Interestingly, no-one actually noticed when I wasn’t wearing makeup! Not even when I was still dealing with adult acne, and certainly not when my skin cleared up.
2. I suddenly needed a lot less time to get ready. I was also a lot less stressed
When I used to do full-on makeup before going out on weekends, I often spazzed out, usually because of a makeup experiment that inevitably took longer than I’d planned. No more: Nowadays, I stumble out of bed from a disco nap, shower, moisturise and get dressed. And I’m ready to go.
3. My skin cleared up
Okay, I had help from my dermatologist. But I treat weekends as a time-out for my face. I’ll see what my skin needs and act accordingly: A clarifying or exfoliating mask if it’s looking a little dull, or a hydrating sheet mask if I feel it needs a moisture boost.
4. I invested in better skincare
During my 18-month of acne treatment, I overhauled my skincare routine and researched every product I wanted to use. I didn’t go crazy (and potentially broke) buying only expensive potions; what works for everyone, I believe, is a mix of luxury and drugstore brands.
5. I realise I don’t need to wear a lot of makeup. Yes, even on weekdays at work
Before, I would carefully layer my face with primer, foundation, different concealers (I had to cover up my blemishes and acne!), powder and a raft of cosmetics. These days, my makeup routine is now seriously pared down. Honestly? My skin now feels “heavy” when I put on more makeup than usual, such as when I use eyeliner. I even skip mascara on most days. My only constants are sunblock (of course) and lipstick ─ and whenever I need a touch-up at work, my fabulous co-worker simply marches up to my desk and points at his pout. Oh, snap!
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