Beauty: Barely There

19 Mar 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Y has been practicing a new skincare trend for years now, which means we are way ahead of the curve. Here’s our tips and tricks for going make-up free at weekends



Have you heard of the 5:2 skin diet? No? Neither had I until very recently. And it turns out that I am way ahead of the trend – albeit unwittingly.

I’m sure there are lots of other women out there just like me. You wear make-up five days a week and then spend the weekend with nothing more than a slick of moisturiser on your face after a good cleanse and tone morning and night.

I’ve been doing this for years – and have even overcome my fear of being seen in public without my “face” on. Ok, so I venture out to the supermarket and that’s as far as I will go. But hey, it’s a start. Just don’t expect me to take off my sunglasses if you see me in the fruit and veg aisle.

Anyway, the idea behind the 5:2 skin diet is to give your skin a break. Let your skin breath, so to speak, without being clogged up with make-up.

My motivation, however, is always because it’s the weekend and neither love nor money will get me to go through that weekday make-up routine of mine – unless, of course, I am heading out somewhere formal.

Come the weekend, I simply cleanse and tone in the mornings and evenings, slap some moisturiser on and then my favourite lip balm, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.

There’s nothing quite like that feeling of not wearing make-up and all the responsibilities that come with it. I say responsibilities because no woman worth her salt would dare go to bed wearing make-up. After all, who wants to wake up looking like a panda bear in the morning with make-up smeared all over the pillow? I know I don’t. And anyway, it’s also bad for your skin.

Experts say that following the 5:2 skin diet can help to “promote skin cell turnover”, which can leave your skin with a youthful glow and fewer fine lines.

Some of you might not feel as confident about going “bare” and if that’s the case, then there are some tips and tricks on how to get your skin looking its best without the help of make-up. These include using a toner to tighten pores, an under-eye serum or cream to help with puffiness, a moisturiser and a good-quality lip balm. Of course, if you can’t go completely bare, there’s always a host of BB (Beauty Balm) creams out there to help with that flawless look.

In the meantime, check out #youwokeuplikethis on Twitter for some make-up-free inspiration. Go on, dare to be bare!

Get the look:

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Clarins Cleansing Milk for Dry to Normal Skin

One of Y’s favourites, this cleanser gently removes impurities and leaves skin feeling clean without stripping it of oils.

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Clarins Toning Lotion for Dry to Normal Skin

If you haven’t already guessed, Y always uses the same brand of cleanser and toner. What we love about this one is that it’s alcohol-free and non-drying.

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Lancôme Absolue Yeux Precious Cells Advanced Radiance Regenerating and Restoring Eye Care

Nothing beats a good eye cream for that barely there look. This one from Lancôme promises to reduce wrinkles and add radiance.

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Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream (all skin types) 

Ok, so we are back with Clarins, but have to say that if we are not going to be wearing make-up, then we at least want our moisturiser to work hard for us, which means you can’t beat one that “restores”.

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Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Made with pure Australian papaya, models swear by it. But Y, thanks to its sole Australian link, has been using this for more than a decade now. It keeps our lips smooth, hydrated and gives them a natural shine.


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