The subject of makeup is different for every woman. Some people love it and see it as an empowering way to enhance their appearance, while others would rather skip the cosmetics aisle altogether.
My relationship with makeup has changed a lot over the years. My middle school had a strict no-makeup policy. Bronzer was the forbidden fruit and, like Eve, my friends and I could not resist temptation.
In retrospect, I understand why we were so often given makeup wipes and sent to the bathroom to remove our over-the-top looks. It was one of many makeup mistakes I would make over the years.
The tides have changed since then, and now my morning routine involves applying as little makeup as possible before deeming myself fit for appearing in public.
Deep down, I know that my minimalistic makeup routine doesn’t look any different than my naked face. So why do I bother putting it on at all?
It turns out that there may be more reasons to skip my makeup routine than there are to keep it.
1. Your Pores Will Shrink
Pores are the tiny openings on the surface of our skin that allow things like air and liquids to pass through.
When you apply makeup, it’s your pores that eventually absorb the substance. According to Face Reality Acne Clinic, there is an extremely long list of ingredients found in makeup that have pore-clogging qualities.
When your pores are clogged, they get bigger in order to increase surface area for absorption. So when you stop wearing makeup, it gives them a chance to shrink back to their natural state, almost eliminating the need for makeup in the first place!
One downside of wearing makeup is having to be aware of the fact that it might get messed up.
I’ve accidentally rubbed eyeliner and mascara all over my face on multiple occasions, only to discover hours later that I look like a raccoon.
If you stop wearing makeup, you can also stop worrying about that lipstick on your tooth or your foundation line being obvious.
3. You’ll Have More Time
My makeup routine is completely dependent on what time I wake up in the morning.
Often, I would rather take 10 more minutes to sleep than make sure that my eyeliner looks even.
If you skip the makeup, you can spend the time doing something more productive, like a morning jog or even just a few extra minutes with the crossword puzzle.