Without makeup? Without us! For many women it is unthinkable to survive everyday life without powder, mascara, blush and the like.
Eye rings are covered with concealer, rouge provides the necessary freshness on the face, mascara emphasizes the perfect look – and often enough a red lipstick simply saves the day.
Make-up: Skin absorbs all ingredients
The skin care expert Iris Kuhn, however, objects: “One should bear in mind that every product applied to the skin enters the bloodstream within a very short time (in less than 60 seconds) and thus becomes part of the metabolic process”.
Detox for the skin: Give your body a break!
That’s why it’s worth taking a one to two-week detox break for your skin from time to time – maybe if you’re on holiday anyway or don’t have any important appointments coming up.
Without make-up: the skin as a mirror of the soul
We can say from experience: If you leave out your make-up once, you will suddenly pay more attention to yourself.
Because: lack of sleep is immediately visible and is not simply covered with make-up. Even with pimples you think a lot more: Have I perhaps eaten too much sugar? After all, the skin on the face is not a mirror of our soul for nothing.
For most women, however, the feel-good factor decreases with the renunciation. That’s why it’s all the more important to make the skin glow in a make-up-free week. These are the tricks:
5 beauty tips for radiant skin without make-up
Beauty tip 1: Peeling against a pale complexion
You look tired even though you’ve slept enough? Then try a peeling. The exfoliation of the old skin cells is especially important if you are not wearing make-up – because they make your face look pale.
Tip: If you want to use natural ingredients, try a Scrub of brown rice and almond milk. Simply soak some organic rice in almond milk overnight and peel the skin with the rice the next day.
This stimulates the blood circulation of the skin and removes old skin cells.
Beauty tip 2: Orange oil for the perfect glow
For a long time it was not particularly en vogue to use facial oils. That gives pimples – that was the credo. But especially in winter the skin dries out quite quickly due to warm heating air inside and low temperatures outside.
The film of many facial oils forms a natural barrier and protects the top layer of skin. Orange oil in particular gives the skin a natural glow. The oil should of course be applied after thorough facial cleansing so that the pores are not clogged.
Beauty tip 3: the right nutrition
Nutrition also has a great influence on the skin. Start your make-up-free week in the morning with a smoothie made from orange, coconut water, spinach, cucumber and avocado. This provides the skin with even more moisture from the inside and you look fresher.
You should also make sure you consume enough vitamin C because it activates the collagen in the skin. Small wrinkles disappear and the skin looks particularly dewy.
Beauty tip 4: Lip care
Of course, lips should not be forgotten during care – a lip peeling made of brown sugar, honey and coconut oil can easily be made at home and also removes excess skin flakes.
Extra tip for even more care: Once your Eos Lipbalm is empty (we mean the round lip care balls that are now available in every drugstore), you can easily refill it.
Simply remove the remains of the old lipbalm with hot water, heat some beeswax with coconut oil, put the liquid into the lid of the lipbalm, close it and then put it upside down into the freezer. After only 45 minutes, the wax is hardened together with the oil and you will receive a natural lip care that provides extra soft lips.
Beauty tip 5: Get eyebrows and eyelashes into shape
For the perfect frame of your face, the eyebrows are super important, especially without make-up and large contouring they gave us a certain expression. During the make-up-free week you should therefore pay special attention to them and keep them in shape. If your eyebrows are too light without extra help, you can also think about having them coloured.
A little Vaseline also makes the eyelashes look longer without accentuating them with mascara.
Care only works on cleansed skin
The other: “Only if the pores are not clogged can the day or night cream unfold its caring effect”, explains Stefan Duve, dermatologist from Munich. “Facial cleansing is most effective when it is divided into several steps and the individual products are tailored to the skin type in question”.
Gently remove dirt residues
First the make-up and coarser dirt residues are removed. Depending on the skin type, foam, gel or oil can be used. While light, fresh gels are particularly suitable for oily complexions, oily cleansers are good for dry skin because they have a moisturizing effect. “Whether one has picked the right product, one usually notices immediately.
Using the cleansing product correctly
If the skin tightens or even flakes, the cleansing was too aggressive,” explains Duve. The cleansing product is applied with circular movements and removed with plenty of water – lukewarm being the most gentle temperature. Then dry the face with a towel.
Toning the skin with facial toner
In the next step a face lotion is used. You should take a close look at what you are buying. Because: “Not all facial toners are the same”, explains dermatologist Pia Paes from Hamburg. “A distinction is made between products for post-cleansing and those for toning.” The latter means that they strengthen the skin. “These products serve to balance the pH value of the skin after cleansing,” adds Paes. By the way, this is especially important if you have water with a particularly high lime content at home.
Micella facial tonic: Gentle and thorough
So-called micella facial tonic, which promises effective cleaning, is relatively new on the market. Micelles are microscopically small particles consisting of surfactants. They bind make-up residues and dirt and remove them from the skin. “They are particularly gentle on the skin and very thorough,” says Paes.
Facial toner with alcohol for impure skin
A classic are facial tonics that contain alcohol. “Its disinfectant effect is desirable for oily skin with a tendency to impurities,” explains Paes. At the same time, however, alcohol-containing products can dry out the skin considerably, which is why the dermatologist does not recommend permanent use. “In the case of dry, product-sensitive skin, alcohol-containing formulations should be avoided altogether.
Clean face: How often?
Don’t overdo it with cleansing: “One or two facial cleansings a day is perfectly sufficient,” says dermatologist Jörg Fränken from Schwelm (North Rhine-Westphalia). “Otherwise the protective mantle, the skin barrier function and the microbiome will be damaged.” This is the natural colonisation of the skin by bacteria. The experts also advise against using normal soap for cleansing: a soap changes the pH value, which can severely impair the skin’s protective acid mantle.