1. Start with good skin care
The better your skin looks and feels, the more confident you’ll be about letting it be. Face care is a lot like body care, and requires a routine practice of cleansing, moisturizing, anti-aging, and masking. Make sure you have quality products filled with nourishing ingredients (minus fragrances, sulfates, harsh preservatives, and the like), and try not to neglect your skin.
2. Tighten pores before you go
After you cleanse, if you’re noticing large pores, you can do something about that without having to use makeup. There are products you can buy for this, but you can also use ingredients in your kitchen to do the job.
Some good options:
- egg whites
- mashed strawberries
- cooled green tea
- apple cider vinegar (diluted with water)
- avocado and honey
- coffee grinds with milk or yogurt
Apply any of these to the skin for about 10 minutes before rinsing and heading out. Don’t forget to moisturize afterwards!
3. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is key to having healthy looking skin. Plus when you drink enough water, you’re also likely to feel more awake and alert, which is always attractive.
If you add a bit of lemon or lemon juice to your water and drink it in the morning (like I do!), you’ll get some added refreshment and detoxifying action with your morning beverage, which can also start you out on a more vibrant appearance for the day.
4. Zap those puffy eyes
If you struggle with bags or dark circles under the eyes, prepare beforehand by putting some used tea bags in the freezer before bed.
Then, when you get up, take the bags out and leave them on the counter for about 10 minutes. When they become a bit more pliable, place them on your eyes and sit back for about 10 minutes. You can use that time to meditate or think positive thoughts about your day while the tea goes to work transforming your eyes to look more awake and alert.
5. Tend to your lips
No, you don’t need lipstick or glosses, but you do want moisturized, plump, and healthy looking lips. And we know that can be a challenge in the summer, because of all that dryness.
Exfoliate your lips at least once a week (more often if you need it) with a gentle exfoliant or lip scrub. If you don’t have one, try moist brown sugar to get rid of that dry, flaky skin. Then apply a thick, rich balm or butter on your lips at night. They need that extra dose of moisture at night.
6. Groom your brows
You’ve probably heard that the brows are the frame for the face. Plus, they help bring out your eyes.
So make sure your brows are well groomed before you go out barefaced. Remove any stray hairs, and comb them up and away from your eyes. You can also benefit from regular brow care. Applying natural oils to your brows before bed, for example—like almond, olive, or coconut—can help condition and even thicken your brows over time.
If your brows are sparse or nearly non-existent, this may be the one place you may want to make a makeup exception. There are a number of options out there. You can even find organic eyebrow gels, pencils, mousses, and definers that are made with ingredients you can feel good about.