Can taking a break from makeup benefit your skin?

Can taking a break from makeup benefit your skin?

Can taking a break from makeup benefit your skin?

As the number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise around the world, many people are stuck working remotely for the foreseeable future.

While working from home has a lot of pros and cons it’s certainly never been easier to go without make up for a few days. (Don’t worry about Zoom meetings, just turn off the camera.)

A make up break can be just the thing your skin needs, resulting in brighter and healthier-looking skin.

So what happens… after a day?

After a day without make up your skin is able to “breathe” better. Okay, so what does that actually mean?

After about twenty-four hours, it means that your skin is better able to recalibrate itself.

According to dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian, “Your skin behaves differently depending on humidity levels, stress levels, and many other [external] factors, so if you keep it covered in makeup, your skin may choose to increase or decrease sebum and oil production, and increase or decrease its natural hydrators.”

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It’s important as well at this point to continue with your skin-care essentials (i.e. moisturizers, serums, and SPF).

… after a week?

If you’ve been using a heavy, occlusive makeup you may have unwittingly been allowing your skin to produce more oil. Unfortunately, this leads to clogged pores, blackheads, and breakouts.


Dr. Nazarian points out that conditions like rosacea may improve because there is less chance of your skin coming into contact with irritating or pore-clogging ingredients.

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… after a month?

A month without makeup? These days it seems that’s easier done than ever before.

Did you know that your skin cell turnover is 28 days? Something your skin does entirely by itself. However, using makeup can interfere heavily with this cycle.

“The longer your skin can go without makeup, the better it will regulate your skin’s temperature, oil control, hydration, and its natural exfoliation process,” says Dr. Nazarian.

In addition to that, you’ll be able to streamline your skincare routine as you won’t be trying to get rid of the remnants of makeup. While you are taking a break from makeup, why not try to avoid the most common skincare mistakes as well, to give your skin the reset it needs.

Take the opportunity to de-stress your skin during quarantine

If you’re taking a break from makeup, which we highly recommend, these products can help restore your skin's natural balance.

Using something like Poko’s Soothing Serum can help take the stress away from your skin. By using a combination of microbial tea tree oil properties it fights bacteria build-ups to keep skin moisturized and healthy.

Plus, it works against excessive oil production in your skin which as we’ve seen leads to blackheads and clogged pores.

Poko’s Luxury Facial Oil is rich in omega-fatty acids and repairs the skin’s natural moisture barrier. This helps revitalize skin especially those who are acne-prone or with ageing skin.

What’s your experience?

Have you tried cutting down your use of makeup during quarantine? Has it helped or hindered your skin? Let us know in the comments.


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