Beautifully Bare: Feeling Good Without Makeup

by Kristy Wiggins-Gilbraith, C-LMT

Beautifully BareWe’ve all been there.  You look in the mirror and think to yourself “great!” while reaching for the concealer to hide those dark under eye circles, or burgeoning zit that’s ready to take center stage.  Although make-up is fun, and in some instances can help you save face (pun intended), it’s not always necessary to wear.  Many women use make-up as a crutch, not feeling complete without it.  My epiphany came about when I had a friend ask me “what took me so long in getting ready”.  I informed him I was putting on my makeup.  To my surprise his response was “really, I don’t see a difference”.  In that moment that I realized if he couldn’t tell my naked face from my very well blended foundation, perhaps I didn’t really need to hide underneath it all.  As a result I let my natural beauty shine through about 95% of the time. Here are a few of my tips for not only looking great with a naked face, but feeling confident as well.

Hydration: Our bodies are made up of more than 60% water, so it’s only fair that great skin operate on the notion that being well hydrated at the cellular level will not only help skin appear firm and plump, but also minimize toxic build-up within your skin by flushing it through your kidneys.

Cleanse: It goes without saying that washing your face daily is key in removing visible dirt and debris floating throughout the air.  Selecting a cleanser suitable for your skin type is imperative.  Dry and/or mature skin types tend to do better with creamy cleansers, whereas normal and combo skin are more successful with using a gel like cleanser.

Moisturize: Like hydration, moisturizing regularly will prevent dry chapped skin, as well as the over production of sebum, an oily substance that is produced naturally to moisturize skin.  When skin is over or under stimulated, sebum production shifts occur leading to an increased amount of sebum leading to oily appearing skin.  Sebum can not only create a T-zone issue, but when mixed with dirt and bacteria it can lead to acne.  When selecting a moisturizer choose one that is water based with a minimum of SPF 15 to protect skin from UV rays, which can add years to your face.

Beauty Sleep:  Beauty sleep is not something that belongs only to a Disney character.  Getting a good night’s sleep plays an important role on your bare face looking amazing.  While we sleep the body is recharging itself all the way down to the cellular level.  Inadequate amounts of sleep not only lead to skin looking sallow and tired, but it can also leave dreadful under eye circles.

Exfoliate:  Removing dead cells and residue is important when sporting a beautifully bare face.  Exfoliating twice a week with a product, or a rotating cleansing brush will leave your skin looking fresh and balanced.

Smile: Looking good naturally is not only caring for your skin, but it’s being confident in it.  Nothing exudes confidence more than a great smile.  It is the light that brightens your face and gives a twinkle to your eyes.  Keep your smile looking its best by brushing and flossing daily.  For a brighter smile try using a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and water every other day twice a day for a week.

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