Is Makeup Bad for Your Skin? No, but Here Are 7 Things That Might Happen If You Stop Wearing It

Ah, the joys of not rushing to get ready every morning. No fumbling around with compacts and brushes and wands. Just slapping on some moisturizer and calling it a day. Which made us think: What would it be like to forgo makeup altogether? Here, seven things that might happen if you decided to go au naturel.

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You Might Be Insecure (at First)

We know what you might be thinking: Will you look tired? Or less attractive? Will your coworkers notice on your video calls? Chances are no—no one will notice. And though you might feel a little self-conscious initially, those fears will be eased when you realize you suddenly have an extra half hour to spare in the morning.

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You Might Become Less Stressed

Let’s be real: Maintaining a beauty routine can be a hassle. Is your foundation streaky? Are your lashes clumpy? Is your liner even? Not wearing makeup will alleviate you from these little anxieties and free up your mind for more relaxing tasks, like taking the time to stretch and meditate—or, ya know, trying your hand at some easy nail art.

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Your Skin Might Clear Up

Between the foundation and concealer and blush, there are so many layers of product on your face. And if we’re being really honest with ourselves, we’re probably not removing it all correctly at the end of the day—which means it’s left in our pores. Give your skin a break from it all and you might find yourself with clearer skin in a few days.

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You Might Look Younger

Especially if you tend to be heavy-handed with your makeup. That smattering of freckles across your nose and the rosiness in your cheeks that you’re always trying to tone down—those traits actually make you look more youthful.

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You Might Get More Invested In Your Skincare

Hey, if you’re going barefaced, you want your skin to look as good as possible (not broken out or blotchy). So slap on those masks you never have time for and the all-important SPF and your skin will thank you now...and later.

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You Might Appreciate Your Hair More

Just because you’re forgoing makeup doesn’t mean you’re giving up on your appearance entirely. Use a few of those newly reclaimed minutes to smooth down any frizz or finally try that hot brush everyone has been raving about.

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You Might Realize You Don't Need Makeup (or That You Can Use Less)

Once you go without makeup for a while, putting it back on can feel foreign. And heavy. Instead of covering your entire face in foundation, you might find yourself just dabbing on a little concealer. Or perhaps instead of doing a full-on smoky eye, you’ll go for a light coat of mascara instead. No matter what, you’ll have gained a fresh perspective.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...