#NoMakeup: The Benefits of Taking it All Off The “No Makeup” revolution has completely taken the beauty world by storm. There are 13 million pictures under the hashtag on Instagram, and stars like Alicia Keys and Jennifer Garner are promoting bare-faced beauty all the way from the red carpet to cable TV. It’s a huge change in the beauty standard, a new representation for women and girls who don’t see themselves in the perfectly polished women in magazines or on TV. And best part? There are some pretty awesome health benefits that come with ditching your makeup bag. Check them out!

No Makeup, No Problems

#NoBacteria
Makeup can be a breeding ground for all types of bacteria, especially older cosmetics. All it takes is a couple cells from your unwashed hands, a quick sneeze or a contaminated makeup brush, and any number of oils or bacteria can be transferred into your makeup. When contaminated, some cosmetics can cause breakouts, boils and rashes, and it can even encourage the spreading of herpes or pink eye.

#NoPreservatives
If you don’t like preservatives in your food, chances are you don’t want them on your face. But because makeup so frequently touches different surfaces, preservatives are a must for limiting microbial contaminants. That being said—there’s a difference between a natural and a synthetic preservative. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin are found in 1 in 5 cosmetic products and have been linked to cancer. And other preservatives like BHA, used in lipstick and moisturizers, can induce allergic reactions.

#NoIrritation
It’s no secret that some foundations can exacerbate skin conditions—blemishes, rosacea, dry skin. Certain makeup can also cause acne (known as acne cosmetica) when oil used in the formula can clog the pores and create pimples, blackheads and whiteheads—and the more clogged the pores are, the bigger they can appear.

#NoMakeup: The Benefits of Taking it All Off

#NoAging
Ok, well, not really. Aging is part of life. However, studies show that people who wear makeup regularly and don’t take proper care to remove it all at the end of the day display signs of premature aging. And if you use too much product frequently, this can actually accelerate the development of existing wrinkles, lines and spots.

Not about to trade out that killer wing for a natural glow? That’s perfectly fine, too. A couple makeup-free days a week to let your skin breathe and a thorough nightly skin regimen can work wonders, too. And remember, whether you’re makeup-free or Instagram glamourous, it’s all about feeling happy and empowered in the skin you’re in.