Tuesday 1 March 2016

My Makeup Free Week - What Happened?!

Head down thinking, ‘Oh God are they looking at me?!’ I entered the office and quietly logged onto my computer. I’d had enough of my skin, erupting with cystic acne and drowning in oil, skin was playing tricks on me. I’d gone to the doctors for the latest cycle of antibiotics, having already tried all the treatments on the planet. I’ve tried and tested every spot cream, face mask and oil control lotion the market has to offer, I dread to think how much I’ve spent over the years. One thing I hadn’t tried to combat my spots was not wearing makeup, stupid I know but it was a confidence thing.

I’ve been wearing makeup since I was about 13-14, in an attempt to hide my troublesome skin, so around a decade now. Once I started I became obsessed, makeup was my crack. I was in denial - makeup couldn’t be causing my skin any trouble, and I was taking it off after work anyway. Really plastering on the foundation, concealer and powder was only preventing my skin from breathing.
I took a brave step and decided to stop wearing makeup to work. Yes, this might seem silly to some but I have horrible red scarring from old acne on my face. Even when I don’t have a spot I’m still hiding plenty of red scars. Makeup had been a comfort blanket, but I had to let it go, I was going to try a week without makeup.

So Monday rolled around and I was very excited about my extra half an hour in bed. When it came to it I panicked, my skin looked awful but I had no time to actually apply makeup, I’d purposely set my alarm with little time to get ready for force my own hand. So I slapped on some moisturiser and left. I kept my head down all day, I was so self-conscious about my scarring. No one really commented, so I felt a little better, ready to go make-up for the next day.

My skin actually looks so much better, now it’s had a chance to breathe. My scars have faded slightly and my skin overall looks better in texture. I’ve noticed I do produce slightly less oil, I think the makeup was sending my oil production into overdrive. As my skin is clear and I’ve let moisturiser sink in, I think it needs to produce less oil.

I've had more time to spend on skincare. Japanese ladies spend around half and hour on skincare and 5 on makeup but us Brits are the opposite. I've taken pleasure in really giving my skin some TLC. I stuck to my Pixi Cleansing Balm but added in the Serozinc spray from La Roche Posay to balance the skin. When I've not been wearing makeup I can read my skin better, understanding when it needs moisturise and when it needs oil control, so I've been switching up moisturisers between Dermalogica, Kiehl's, Elemis and La Roche Posay.

I did cave twice, I had an out of office meeting with a new client and a presentation with the big boss, both of which I wanted to look presentable for. As soon as the meetings were over I wanted to take my makeup off, I love letting my skin breathe now, I would never have guessed as a makeup addict.

Not wearing makeup to work wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, none of my mostly female colleagues have commented and I’ve started to see the benefits. Would you try a makeup free week in work?


  1. Ah this is very brave of you, I'm not sure I could cope! You've done well and I can definitely see how it makes you understand your skin more, very good idea :)

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    1. Thank you Sally. It has helped my skin, you just have to be brave and then you get used to it!

  2. Well done. Sometimes I think my skin wouldn't be so dry and eczema prone if I didn't wear make up but I do not have the guts to actually go through with it like you

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

    1. Maybe try a lighter foundation and slow ease into less makeup.

  3. Great post, thanks for sharing. Really good to have a break from make up, I think I might try it too :)

    Camille xo


  4. So happy you decided to make it big and important change in your life. Makeup can do WONDERS but we have to accept its faults.

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  5. I have some of these makeup free days at work, especially when my skin breaks out, then all I wear is mascara and lipstick. You did the right thing, when we cover up the skin then there's no way that scars will get any better but worse.

    Ela BellaWorld

  6. You're so brave Kathryn! I couldn't never! I have horrible cystic acne and new red acne scars and old bruised brown scars. I'm way too self conscious! </3


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