I’ve never had extremely problematic skin but I’ve also worn makeup for as long as I remember. I’ve always felt 10x more confident with foundation on and mortified at the thought of being in public without it. Being aware of how important it is to let my skin breathe, I’ve always wanted to change this but never felt quite ready. One of my unspoken 2019 goals was to try and go foundation free in public a great deal more often.
The thing that affects my skin the most is redness and spots on my right cheek. I have normal skin and don’t tend to have issues anywhere else (other than the odd pimple and those oh-so-human things everyone has called pores) but my right cheek can get really bad. Sometimes its almost completely clear, other times its littered with clusters of bumps and redness. Usually the latter. In fact, I also seem to get tiny black heads in my chin crease too – LOVELY. I’ll spare you the proof just this once. Jokes aside, exposing my bare skin to the general public has always mortified me and when I’ve tried it in the past, has left me feeling nothing but self-conscious and insecure.
The road to ditching my vigorous makeup routine started with some initial thoughts:
- Nobody in the general public knows what you look like usually, the only person comparing foundation and bare-faced you is in fact, you
- Other people’s opinions don’t even MATTER!
Its hard to tell yourself those affirmations but at the end of the day, they’re totally true. That cashier in River Island does not care what your skin looks like.
Not wearing foundation so much has actually helped to clear my skin significantly. Along with upping the anti when it comes to my skin routine. I made sure to do my regular routine religiously (I’ve been known to skip it sometimes). I also started using the Procoal Instaclear Control Masks to try and rid me of my cheek spots. The masks are designed for blemish-prone skin types, so with my redness, seemed perfect to me. I must admit I’m not usually a fan of sheet masks because they’re usually far too big for my face and become a bit of a slippery mess but credit to these, the results they gave me made it worth it.
While clearing my skin and increasing my confidence was my main goal, I found these masks to give me such a glow. Often without makeup I feel like my skin can look dull and lifeless – almost like a dead zombie – but these really helped to combat that. I think it’s also worth noting just how much product you get for your money too. The mask claimed to have ‘The quantity of 1 bottle of serum on your skin’ and for a brief period, I was quite skeptical. Having used it though, I completely agree. Even after using the mask, there was serum left over which I saved in the fridge and used the next morning.
I think what makes this mask so good at what it does is the amount of brilliant ingredients it contains. Namely white willow extract – a natural source of salicylic acid, which is amazing for getting rid of blemishes. And the fact it doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients that might irritate the skin (it’s paraben free, pigment-free, silicon-free and mineral oil-free). It’s also cruelty free which is something I really look out for in skincare products.
I think the main thing this whole process taught me is that no matter how much a product improves my skin, it will never be perfect. And that is totally fine. Everybody will get the occasional spot from time to time, everybody will get the occasional blemish too. Equally though, I have no shame in using skincare products to improve how I feel about my skin. I no longer feel like the only solution to bad skin days is makeup. Huge thank you to Procoal for inspiring me to go on this skin-loving journey 🙂