Those "makeup detoxes" that promise glowing, bare skin? Yeah, that doesn't really work.

On 23rd March 2020 (day 1 of quarantine, United Kingdom), a lot of women in the UK would have made a big life decision: to quit wearing makeup. To be precise, they will have no more need for makeup. The decision - putting on all those luxurious,and let's face it, expensive products when they are not interacting with anyone but their dog, cat or children all day seems like a waste.

Many women have heard that "makeup detoxes" are good for you. Your skin will reward you for giving it a break from the daily dose of colored chemicals by becoming glowy and blemish-free.

Looking forward to radiant skin - no products required... that's not what you'll get! You will soon find out that quitting cosmetics isn't the magic cure-all you'd been led to believe. Makeup is not a demon. Everyone always talks about letting your skin 'breathe'... so why, then, are you still breaking out?

There may be a kind of "skin purge" period that happens when you suddenly stop wearing makeup. Some people may experience breakouts when they stop applying their everyday makeup. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it's normal for your skin to take a few days to acclimate.

Here is the lowdown on how to bypass any potential "post-makeup purge," and our best practices for how to keep skin clear during this time in isolation, because you have enough to worry about.

Keep Skin Bare

If your skin is breaking out more than usual since you've been going makeup-free, you might think the best quick fix is to just go back to wearing makeup. That's not advisable, as covering the skin won't help the condition of it. Generally, makeup tends to clog the pores of the skin. Wearing liquid foundation and primer may actually make breakouts worse, especially if your skin is oily or acne-prone. During this time, the best thing you can do is give your skin a break from all potential pore-clogging products.

...But Don't Forget To Wash Your Face

Even if your skin is breaking out a bit now, it should come to balance its own oil production in time. However, its still super important to wash your face properly - at least once a day, if not more often - to remove any grime and sweat, which will still accumulate when you're indoors and can cause breakouts.

Skip Heavy Creams

Now is the time to take inventory of the molecular weight of your skin-care products. As mindful as you're being about the makeup you're not putting on your skin, you should be likewise aware of heavy, occlusive creams you're wearing (meaning, a moisturiser that may be clogging your pores).

Any topical product that's too heavy on the skin may cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.

Your skin may also be set off by chemicals, especially during this time of heightened stress and sensitivity, so less is more in terms of layering multiple skin-care products on top of each other.

Add Exfoliation

An important skin-care step that's easy to overlook is routine exfoliation. It’s great to implement exfoliators to refresh and renew skin and keep your complexion from looking dull. We like chemical exfoliants from fruit enzymes, like papaya and pineapple. We see the best results with a daily liquid toner like Fruit Peel Resurfacing Serum.

Our clients love the Fruit Peel Serum because it does it all: exfoliates, hydrates, and balances the pH of the skin. All of this effectively unclogs congestion, and both treats and prevents breakouts. We usually recommend you use it in the evening to finish off your skincare routine.

Don't Forget SPF

The benefit of some of the best foundations and moisturisers on the market is that they offer an extra layer of sun protection, which you may be losing when you go makeup-free.

Some foundations, even if they don’t say they have SPF in it, contain natural SPF ingredients like titanium dioxide, so they offer UV protection from damaging rays that come through windows in your home or apartment.

This means that you’ll want to be extra diligent about wearing your daily sunscreen to keep your skin covered, since foundation isn’t giving an extra layer of protection.

Take Care Of Your Skin From The Inside Out

Of course, we can't talk about the current state of your skin without acknowledging the fact that your body's stress response is likely especially high in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end it's especially important to be kind to yourself, and to recognise your skin's unique response to the stress. During this time, you're probably feeling frazzled and not sleeping enough, so taking care of your body holistically is essential for the health of your skin.

The skin cells get their energy from the body's blood and oxygen supply, so if nothing else, just stick to the basics, like eating a well-balanced diet and drinking enough water. While you allow your skin breathe, don't forget to give your active mind and body the same permission.

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