For many a make-up junkie, the thought of going bare-faced is the same as walking to the shops naked to buy a pint of milk.
A staggering 98 per cent of women say they can’t live without make-up, according to a recent survey of 3,500 people by the Vitality Show.
But if there’s one occasion when you could step out proudly without the warpaint and put a self-imposed ban on your cosmetics shelf, it’s National No Make-Up Day on Thursday.
‘We are so used to the artificial beauty that we see on television and in magazines that it is nice to be reminded that fresh, glowing natural skin can be beautiful too,’ says Laura Rudoe of Evolve Beauty, who believes going make-up free every so often can be beneficial for our complexions.
‘Women apply an average of 515 chemicals to their bodies every day,’ she adds.
‘Why not give your skin a chance to detox by seeing what you can live without?
‘Giving skin a breather from clogging foundation can also help reduce blocked pores, which can lead to skin breakouts.
‘The other bonus to going make-up free is time saved that you can spend on your beauty sleep.’
Thorough cleansing is your first step to a flawless complexion. It removes surface dirt and bacteria and prevents the imperfections that women feel they need to cover up.
If you haven’t got time for the ritual cleanse, tone and moisturise, vanish away traces of your make-up grime with cleansing wipes to remove in one clean sweep.
Going make-up free doesn’t mean you have to ditch all your everyday products. Remember, your skin is your blank canvas and a good moisturiser, used regularly, is definitely the key to looking radiant – minus the slap.