Going makeup free can help restore and maintain healthy skin at any age.
But how do you prepare to stop using double wear? Aysha Awwad of Medico Beauty is an Expert Skin Therapist, who uses advanced solutions to get a glowing complexion in record time.
Here is the insider’s guide to going makeup free.
Dehydrated skin is one of the most common complaints we hear from our clients, who also believe they can improve their skin’s appearance by drinking more water. In fact, the physiology of the skin shows that in addition to staying well hydrated, a healthy barrier function is the only way to stop accelerated water loss. By properly preserving this invisible “ozone layer,” we can use nature’s own defence system to prevent premature ageing and stop the feeling of tight skin after cleansing.
How to prepare for healthy, makeup-free skin
Start with re-assessing how many different items of skincare and makeup you use daily.
The average person is already spending well over £1700 per annum on cosmetics.
It’s likely you’ve got more products than you really need. Using fewer ingredients will help reduce irritation and calm redness. Streamline your routine by taking out unnecessary steps (for example, multiple serums and creams) and use multi-purpose items that double up as a cleanser and toner.
The synthetic sulphates found in many common products can strip away the natural oils that form the skin’s barrier function, leaving behind a lacklustre complexion that is prone to breakouts, even in adulthood. If you’re serious about improving skin hydration, stopping lines and increasing plumpness, stop using a foam cleanser made with Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) or face wipes loaded with astringent alcohol.
Instead, switch to a cleanser that is free from harsh acids, scrubs or SLS. There are multiple cleansing alternatives to choose from. We are spoilt for choice!
My favourite gel cleanser is free from SLS and made by CosMedix.
It’s formulated with a plant surfactant called, “Lauryl Glucoside.” This ingredient is derived from coconut and is safe for sensitive skin as well as non-toxic.
The side effects of harsh ingredients
All of the irritants found in skincare have created an even greater demand for high-definition coverage and intense moisturisers. It’s a vicious cycle: you overuse products to fix a problem that’s created by the irritants found in the makeup and skincare you use daily.
Regular foundations aren’t formulated to be used daily.
We forget the HD-ready look is great for the stage, but it’s not meant for a trip to the shops. To get a flawless finish, our foundations, BB, CC creams and moisturisers are heavily loaded with silicone, a micro-plastics. These cosmetics are also occlusive, supposedly locking in moisture but at what cost? The temporary smoothness provides a feel-good factor but has no benefit to the skin on a cellular level.
I believe it’s possible to create a build-up of silicone debris, which is difficult to remove properly because silicone is water resistant. This hybrid of plastic and rubber traps sweat and stops the skin’s cell renewal process, causing a rough, dry texture and dull complexion.
Worst of all, even if the ingredient is scrubbed off the skin, silicone is ecologically non-degradable.
The cheapest silicone is called, “Dimethicone” and there are many more versions. Check the label for any ingredients ending in “cone.” Silicone-based ingredients are not only found in cosmetics and skincare; they’re also found in shampoos. Silicone degrades into a much smaller molecule called “Silica.”
Dare to go bare
During the early stages of elimination, when you are feeling effects of going cold turkey, remember it could take up to twenty-eight days to properly detoxify and restore a healthy barrier.
Don’t despair if you feel your skin is looking worse.
When you stick with a using non-toxic, plant-based skincare, you’ll achieve a healthy complexion by doing very little on the outside. At the cellular level, skin can create natural moisture factors (NMF’s). Our DNA is programmed to renew and recover from any amount of stress, such as a deep burn. During this time, support your skin recovery by using products formulated with healing ingredients, including shea and jojoba.
If you are seeking a natural-looking foundation that still provides even coverage, choose mineral makeup. The micronised particles, made from natural minerals like mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and iron oxides, were developed to offer a more natural alternative to conventional makeup; an alternative that is free from synthetic chemicals and fragrances. Best of all, your skin is also protected against the negative effect of UVB (burning) and UVA (ageing) radiation, which is emitted, even at night. I use a mineral brand made in Australia called Inika because it’s organic, non-toxic and the powder doesn’t make my pores look enlarged.
If you’re concerned that a mineral powder will make your skin appear dry, set it with a spray that contains hyaluronic dcid and heavy water (D2O) to help lock in moisture. It’s best to use hydrating sprays throughout the day to refresh your complexion, even over makeup. It’s the perfect accompaniment to take with you on vacation or if you’re working inside in an air-conditioned office.
Another favourite of mine from CosMedix is called Mystic; I refer to it as my “magic waters”!
The fresh-faced look should be accompanied by well-groomed eyebrows and eyelashes. Invest in having them threaded professionally (not waxed). Nothing looks more gorgeous than framing the face with a perfect set of brows. If you are short on a few strands, eyebrow mascara work instantly and you don’t need to be an expert to get the perfect shape.
With this new-found freedom, you will save heaps of time in the bathroom and make wiser choices all year round.