Many women feel as though they can’t leave the house without “putting their face on”. Putting on makeup can become ritualistic, but celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Shailene Woodley, and formerly, Alicia Keys, have proven that it’s not necessary to looking your best.
So, what happens to the body when a person stops wearing makeup?
Your Pores May Shrink:
Skin naturally produces oils and sebum, but makeup can make skin produce extra oil, in order to compensate for the dryness of the products. Someone who previously wore makeup daily would notice a “purge” one to two weeks after they stopped wearing makeup, where they experience more acne or blemishes than usual.
Don’t stop using moisturizer, yet! Afterwards, pores usually reduce in size.
“The longer your skin can go without makeup, the better it will regulate your skin’s temperature, oil control, hydration, and its natural exfoliation process,” dermatologist, Rachel Nazarian says.
Your Fine Lines May Lessen:
Dermatologist, Nadia Kihiczak, says, “makeup, especially powder makeup, can rest in fine lines and wrinkles and can actually make them appear more pronounced, especially around the eyes. Then, the process of removing the makeup nightly can result in tugging and pulling the skin on a regular basis which can affect the elasticity of the skin and, therefore, accelerate aging.”
While this may not be the key to turning back the clock, it certainly would aid in slowing the aging process.
Your Self-Esteem May Increase:
Psychotherapist, Jennifer Pepper, suggests makeup might be more for others than ourselves. While opinions vary radically and many enjoy makeup for personal pleasure, Pepper claims there are some who feel “we are sending a message to our subconscious that we are flawed and that those flaws must be covered up or concealed.”
She goes onto say that “in my opinion, seeing oneself without makeup on repeatedly gives one a chance to challenge the message that we keep receiving on a cultural level—that you can only feel good about yourself if you look ‘presentable.’”