Beauty Myths Busted: Does your skin need time off from makeup to breathe?

One of the biggest myths that you might have been told is that your skin needs a break from makeup to breathe. It’s a total misconception and today, I’ll tell you why…

The top layer of our skin, the Epidermis, is a dead layer of skin. The lower levels of the skin which are living (the Dermis and the Subcutaneous Layer) get their oxygen supply and nutrients from our blood supply or from what we eat and drink. This is why people often talk about drinking lots of water and eating clean to see the benefits on the surface of their skin.

Although the skin doesn’t actually breathe, there are many benefits to going makeup free. Some makeup products can really aggravate the skin and cause breakouts for people that have more sensitive skin types or who are prone to breakouts. Usually, the irritation is caused by the allergens in makeup which can be anything from certain ingredients that people are more sensitive to, to the fragrances, oils and preservatives within the makeup.

It’s so important to remove all traces of makeup with a good skincare routine to ensure that the makeup isn’t sitting within our pores blocking them up and causing breakouts or blackheads. This is often referred to as occluding the skin, which basically means stopping, closing up or closing obstruction to.

Beauty Myths Busted: Does your skin need time off from makeup to breathe? | Rachael Divers

Shop my favourite skincare saviours below

Cleansers and Exfoliators
Higher end
Lancer The Method: Polish £60
Omorovicza Cleansing Foam £36
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil £24

More affordable
Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub £9.95
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub £4.99
Green People Fruit Scrub Exfoliator £14
Garnier Micellar Water infused with oil £5.99

Serums and Moisturisers
Higher end
ESPA Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial £60
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet £23

More affordable
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 £5.90
E45 Intense Recovery Lotion £4.33
Ponds Hydro Nourishing Day and Night cream £4.99
Mimitika Face Sunscreen SPF 50 £14
La-Roche Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid £17
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA £4.90
Dr Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil £8.99
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre £13

Face Masks
Higher end
SKN-RG Collagen Boosting mask £37
Starskin sheet masks (I love all of these!) £8.50 – £12.50

More affordable
7th Heaven Coconut Cream hydrating mask £1
7th Heaven Dead Sea sheet mask £1
7th Heaven Charcoal mask £1
Boots Ingredients Charcoal and Willow Bark sheet mask £2.50

Extras
Filorga Time-Filler Absolute Wrinkles Correction Cream £29
DHC Quick Film Smoother £22
Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream £20.50
Avene Thermal Spring Water (perfect for spritzing on your face in the summer months for a refresh or just after makeup to liven up the skin) £9.75

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