8 tips for beautiful skin (& break up with your makeup)

I’ve always loved makeup.  I love shopping for makeup, looking at the pretty packaging, and choosing what beautiful shade of blush I feel like wearing on a particular day.

Even when I was in high school and rarely wore a lick of it, I still enjoyed reading beauty books and wandering through the makeup aisles of the drugstore.

Somewhere between then and now, makeup became something that I not only enjoyed wearing but something that I felt I needed to wear to feel complete.


Lip product junkieAll of the lip products that I found in my diaper bag after a clean-up.


Sometimes I might just wear a little blush, tinted moisturizer, and mascara, but I never leave the house completely bare-faced.  Even though my “full face routine” is still extremely natural looking with a neutral palette, I still feel much better going out in public with a little Spackle on my face.

I’m not trying to conceal anything major, but I think most of us have some things that we aren’t completely happy with when it comes to our skin, such as acne, age spots, wrinkles, dark circles, redness, or rosacea.

Lately I’ve actually become more interested in taking care of my skin rather than spending money on more makeup.  For one thing, it would be a lot easier to get ready in the morning without the extra step of putting on makeup.  Children aren’t too understanding when you say, “Just a second.  Mommy has to finish putting on her eyeliner!”

If your skin is in great condition, you can get away without having to wear makeup every day to look pulled together.  And you won’t have to worry about scaring the UPS man with your naked face.

And as much as I try to choose more natural products, it would be nice to give my pores a break every now and then from any chemicals or toxins.

I’m definitely not swearing off makeup for good or anything.  Let’s not get crazy here.  I’d just love to feel confident without having to wear it every day.

If you’d also to like break up with your makeup, stop concealing and start healing, here are some tips to help your skin look fabulous!

8 tips for beautiful skin

1.  Drink more water.

Dehydrated skin isn’t pretty, so I make sure that I always carry a big jug of water with me throughout the day.  Well, I don’t just carry it.  I obviously also drink from it. 😉  I also flavor my water with things like lemon, lime, cucumber, mint, or berries to make it more exciting.  Drinking lots of water also helps to flush toxins out of the body, so they don’t appear in the form of nasty breakouts.  A great tip if you’re going out for drinks: Alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.

2.  Get lots of sleep. 

If you’re a mom and/or a slave to your job, give yourself a minute to stop laughing.  I know that getting lots of rest can be a challenge, but it really should be a priority (and not just for the sake of good skin).  Our skin repairs itself at night, so if you aren’t getting enough of it, you can actually start to look older.  Maybe I should consider getting 15 hours of sleep a night?

3.  Eat well. 

Alcohol, sugar, and processed foods can affect the body’s ability to repair itself which causes premature aging.  On the positive side, foods like leafy greens, salmon, berries, and almonds can keep us looking young and supple.

4.  Use sun protection.

Too much time in the sun without protection can lead to skin cancer, wrinkles, and sun damage.  Some sunscreens can irritate the skin, especially if you have sensitive skin or rosacea, so choose ones that are fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

5.  Use gentle skin care products. 

Harsh products can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause irritation.

6.  Exfoliate lightly each week. 

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells resulting in a more glowing complexion.

7.  Be choosy about the things that come in contact with your skin.

Don’t touch your face throughout the day, wash your pillowcase weekly, and wipe down your cell phone daily to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria which can lead to breakouts.

8.  Exercise. 

Working out delivers oxygen to the skin, gets the blood flowing, helps to remove toxins, and delivers nutrients to the skin.

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Have a great day!



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  1. I’m definitely one who feels more comfortable wearing a full face of makeup, at least in public. But as I get *older* I’ve been trying to put more emphasis on using gentle products specifically designed to make your skin look good without makeup!

  2. The high desert, mountain climate does a number on my skin. The sun pretty much shines here 300+ days a year. Then there is the wind and dryness. I am a natural girl that wears moisturizer and sunscreen. I drink plenty of water. I see the dermatologist once a year to check for skin cancer. Remember to protect the lips too – very important.

    Great Share – Happy Thursday 🙂


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