If you’re like me, you’ve probably assumed it’s a good idea to give your skin a ‘holiday’ from makeup.
Often I’ll go bare-faced on weekends, figuring my skin might prefer a bit of breathing time after being covered in BB cream, blush and so on for the past five days. It’s just something that seemed logical (and gave me an excuse to sleep in a little longer before Sunday brunch).
It seems some experts agree with this line of thinking. Earlier this year, a handful of dermatologists recommended women adopt a so-called “5:2 skin diet” by limiting their makeup use to five days of the week.
“I think it’s best to give the skin regular breaks – with the accumulation of all the make-up in our pores, no matter how rigorously we clean the skin, there will always be some make-up left behind,” one dermatologist, Dr Noor Almaani, told The Daily Mail.
However, Associate Professor Greg Goodman of the Dermatology Institute of Victoria doesn’t believe this approach is necessary for every cosmetics lover. As long as your makeup is the right base — it’s not too oily or drying for the skin — and doesn’t contain ingredients that aggravate the skin, such as pore-blocking materials, you should be in the clear.
In fact, Professor Goodman argues “well-designed” makeup is actually beneficial for the health of your skin.
“For too many years I think make up has been a ‘lazy’ product. It’s a perfect opportunity to help deliver sun protection and possibly supply actives to your skin,” he tells The Glow. (Post continues after gallery.)