Can Taking a Vacation from Wearing Makeup Improve Your Skin?
Find out why you should skip the foundation and mascara this weekend!

What woman doesn’t love makeup?  Whether you’re using it to glam up for a night out or to look dewy and sun-kissed at the office, wearing makeup is a wonderful way to enhance features, coordinate with outfits, and express ourselves. But, going a few days without makeup helps to allow the skin to breathe, balance, and decongest from any build-up caused by the foundation and other makeup applied daily.

Unfortunately, while artificial products like makeup help us to look great, they can add to skin problems. Over time, and with overuse of makeup, your skin can loosen, and get dry, dull and flaky. Even high-quality makeup contains chemicals, preservatives, and fillers, all of which can clog pores if worn in excess, so it is a good idea to give your face a break from makeup so that your skin can take a good deep breath!

Detoxing is a popular trend these days in all aspects of health, wellness, and beauty, and the concept is being applied to makeup use as well.  First gaining popularity in Europe, the “5:2 skin diet” consists of skipping makeup for two days of the week (for example, on the weekend.)  The name comes from the 5:2 diet concept during which refers to food fasting for two days out of the week. So, the 5:2 makeup diet it’s thought is supposed to allow your skin to breathe and ultimately help you look younger.

Following are six reasons you should consider some time off from cosmetics:

To Protect Your Skin

Face makeup, mainly when it contains SPF, can congest skin and block oxygen from flowing in and out of our pores. The more you use, the worse the case. Plus, depending on your makeup’s ingredients, overuse can lead to acne and dehydration.

To Get More Out of Your Products

Less is sometimes more in the long run! Taking the weekend off from foundation can decongest the pores and minimize pore size, then when you go back to makeup, it’ll look even better on fresh skin. By removing bronzer, blush, and highlighter for a few days, skin can breathe, and oxygen doesn’t have to worry about finding its way through all of the layers.

Let Your Eyes Breathe

Too much mascara can lead to thinner looking lashes. Going a few days without mascara can strengthen your lashes due to the lack of product buildup and the daily putting on and removing mascara. So give your lashes a break for a few days!

Help Maintain Your Skin Tone

Taking just two days a week off from wearing makeup creates a vast difference in the overall color and tone of your skin. Foundations and face powders clog the pores and cause dull, blotchy, and dehydrated skin, and the thicker the foundation, the worse the culprit.

Saving Time

Let’s face it; our makeup routine takes time. We wake up sometimes an hour or more before we have to leave in the morning just to “put on our face.” Imagine how much more time you’ll have in the morning if you skip applying makeup.  You can use that time to meditate, stretch, read, journal or any number of self-love activities. Take a break from makeup, spend less time in front of the mirror, and you may have time for a proper breakfast or a bit more sleep!

To Sum it up

If you can’t convince yourself to leave the house without makeup, don’t fret, a long break isn’t the only option to repair your skin. If your weekend is booked solid with social events that require you to “have your face on,” taking a two-day break isn’t always necessary.

Remember that proper cleansing before bedtime allows a full night of makeup-free skin, which is a good break. Think about cleansing twice – first to remove your makeup and then a second time to give your complexion a deeper cleanse.

What to do If the makeup breaks aren’t enough

If you’ve taken the time to give your skin a break from makeup, but you’re still not seeing any improvements in your complexion, consider changing up your routine. Perhaps it’s time for new products, or to add in a firming and brightening product such as the Lifting Essence or Face and Neck cream from Truffoire’s Diamond Truffle collection, which is designed to lift, firm and brighten tired-looking skin.

Have you taken a “Make-up vacation”?  What was your experience? How did your skin feel after taking a break from makeup?  Comment below.