5 Reasons To Go Make Up Free For Natural November

In the U.S., over 40% of women aged 30 and above wear makeup every single day: a statistic that suggests many of us don’t feel comfortable leaving the house with a bare face. Is it really any surprise, given the way women are presented in the media? Airbrushed, glossy models are our unrealistic beauty standards to aim for. Meanwhile, magazines plaster their pages with celebrities ‘caught’ without their makeup on, zooming in on every wrinkle, blemish or dark circle with cold, cruel ridicule. It’s enough to make the best of us retreat behind military-grade concealer camouflage.

Yet there’s something to be said for natural beauty, don’t you think? Behind the flat layers of flawless foundation, aren’t we all unique human beings with individual and interesting quirks? 

Even if you may not quite be ready to love what you see in the mirror, your skin would certainly love you for letting it breathe every once in a while. 

So, in the spirit of Natural November, the Organica office is taking a makeup-free pledge this month.  Each of us will brave 1 day per week makeup-free, and here’s why we think you should join us in embracing your natural face:

1. It’s SO Good For Your Complexion

Makeup is a major culprit behind clogged pores. What do clogged pores lead to? Breakouts! Even those of us who are lucky to have escaped the fate of adult acne are subject to blemishes every once in a while, and the cause is blocked sebaceous glands. No matter how diligent you are about removing your makeup at the end of the day, it’s impossible for flecks of grime not to get left behind in those oil glands. The best way to avoid getting an unsightly pimple on the day of a very important occasion? Try giving your skin a break from makeup the day before!

If you’ve already had a makeup induced flare-up or have scarring from previous blemishes that makes you not want to go foundation-free, try gently massaging some Rosehip Oil into the affected areas daily. This natural wonder-product is loved by Miranda Kerr, Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham for a reason: its fatty acids and Vitamin A content encourages skin regeneration, to smooth and resurface your complexion, all whilst moisturizing and improving skin elasticity. The dry oil is absorbed into the skin quickly, so it doesn’t block your pores.

2. It’s A Great Opportunity To Treat Your Skin

For rejuvenating skin treatments to stand their best chance of working, they’ll need longer makeup-free contact with your skin. A Sunday indoors is the perfect chance to ditch your foundation in favor of a fresh face and get to work pampering your skin. If it’s anti-aging benefits you’re after, look no further than our Superfood Firming Serum

Packed in every little bottle of this magical elixir is the secret to saving skin from the effects of aging. As we age, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture and becomes dry and dull as a result. Hyaluronic acid in our serum boosts moisture retention, bringing back the youthful glow to your skin. 

Not only this, but it contains essential peptides for the formulation of collagen, which is what gives your skin the elasticity and firmness of youth. We recommend applying a thin layer of Superfood Firming Serum to the face and neck area in the morning of your makeup-free day, and re-applying it after cleansing before you go to bed for maximum results!

3. It Slows Down The Aging Process

Wearing makeup 24/7 can accelerate the aging process, creating a vicious cycle as you endeavor to cover the signs of aging with more makeup! The application of makeup daily can aggravate fine lines below and around the eyes or mouth, which are often the first signs of aging facial skin. Talc-based makeup products can cause dryness of the skin, leading to early and more rapid wrinkling. Many cosmetics may also contain ingredients that cause loss of tone and elasticity of the skin, also resulting in early wrinkling, making your skin appear prematurely aged. 

You can’t turn back the clock, but you can at least slow it down by going makeup-free more frequently. Having a fresh face helps to promote skin cell turnover, which means the faster formation of new cells. By allowing healthy skin cells to regenerate, you’ll encourage a more youthful, glowing complexion and reduce the risk of fine lines forming.

4. It Saves Time

Primer. Foundation. Concealer. Setting powder. Blusher. Contour. Bronzer. Highlighter. Mascara. Eyeliner. Brow pencil. The average woman has around 40 makeup products in her arsenal, so perhaps this list could be even longer! Research also suggests that women spend around 55 minutes every day applying their makeup and doing their hair, which is roughly a fortnight out of your year.

If, like us, you’ve ever been late for an important occasion or felt stressed trying to get yourself (and others) out of the door in the morning, then think of the time you could save braving a bare face a couple of times a week! Not to mention the extra time saved in the evenings with far less cleansing necessary to free your skin from its foundation-fetters.

5. It Saves Money

The average woman in the U.S. spends over $300,000 on makeup in her lifetime. Just imagine what you could do with that amount of money! Now we’re not expecting you to immediately cease treating yourself to that lovely new shade of lip gloss or purchasing a quality brand of nail polish, but by going makeup-free just twice a week you’ll certainly get through your products at a rate less alarming to your bank balance. 

Since the makeup wearers of the Organica office have been trying out going makeup-free during the week, it’s noticeable how much more special it feels to put on makeup at the weekends - partners and friends have even remarked at how much better our skin already looks too! We hope you have fun braving the fresh face with us this month; let us know how you get on going all natural!

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