If there's one thing that can be said here, it's that makeup (while we don't want to wear it all the time) does have the power to make you feel, well, prettier. The key word there is "feel." Now, I love makeup just as much as the next person. Heck, I've even been known to carry a spare eyeliner around with my just in case I need a touch up.
On the flip side of this conversation, however, are all the weeklies and celebrity news sites that FREAK OUT over celebrities not wearing make up. I'm not sure why this bothers me so much, but I think it has something to do with the fact that when I'm not wearing makeup, I get incredibly aware of my skin, the bags under my eyes, and all the flaws on my face. Another one of my many New Year's resolutions this year (including stepping up my hat game) was to take better care of myself - skin included.
After reading up on all the crazy, insane things people do to take care of their skin, there are a few things I've discovered that help me with feeling more confident without the help of a whole heap of makeup:
1. Take your vitamins. I, like many I know, believe that daily multivitamins are mostly a crock. And, I still do. However, since taking daily vitamins in the form of A, E, and K, as well as Biotin, I've noticed my skin is clearer, more vibrant, and resilient to daily damage. It really does make a difference - no joke!
2. Drink water - LOTS of water. This probably goes without saying, but water is really so important. In addition to hydrating you, having 6 to 8 glasses of water a day can help keep your body functioning the way it should. It keeps skin, the largest organ of your body, ready to take on whatever the day brings it - including the weight of wearing makeup all day way too often.
3. Please, please, please remove your makeup. Especially before working out or going to bed. Actually, revise - if you don't feel the need to wear make up (i.e., work, party, date, etc.), I've been making an attempt to not wear it at all. But really, wearing makeup while you work out is like begging dirt molecules to have a party in your pores. And sleeping with makeup on? It's an invitation to move in and start a home there. It weighs down the skin, pulling at it, making your pores open up to acne - basically, it's just not good.
4. Face masks are key. I really can't tout face masks enough. Whether or not you buy them from a store or make them at home, face masks rejuvenate the skin and invigorate life into dull cells. Whenever I'm feeling way too tired to handle life, I turn to face masks. Some of my favorites include oxygenating masks (Bliss' Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask is a must), hydrating masks (dying over Korres' Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial right now), and peel-off masks (in love with Boscia Luminizing Black Mask currently). Additionally, I've been known to dabble with exfoliation, glycolic peels (Boots No7 is my lifeblood), and at-home remedies.
5. Wear SPF, wear it every day. Seriously. Saying that I'm fair-skinned would actually be an understatement, so this might be one of the most important things for ladies like me. I freckle very easily, and I embrace that. However, along with freckles also comes uneven tone and sun-spotting. I make sure that, before leaving for the day, regardless of whether or not I've put my face on, that I've put on a good dose of moisturizer with SPF on (I've been known to switch from time to time, but I do have a thing for Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30). When it's cloudy, raining, snowing, sunny - doesn't matter. SPF protects the skin, and I really wouldn't leave the house without it.
What's your biggest simple beauty tip? Brownie points for anyone who can send me a holistic at-home remedy I've never tried before (there's not many).