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Why Going Bare-Faced is the Best Thing You Can Do For Your Skin

Published: September 30, 2023

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For those of you who wear makeup daily, the thought of going bare-faced may send you into a panic. However, when it comes to keeping your skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible, having a makeup-free day once or twice a week can be a game-changer.

How does going bare-faced benefit your skin? Read on as CBGärdN explains!

The Benefits of Going Bare-Faced

There are a surprising number of benefits that your skin will experience if you ditch the makeup every once in a while. Here are a few of the most crucial ones:

It Gives Your Skin a Chance to Properly Breathe

Although many makeup products are now marketed as being breathable, all forms of makeup will still, to a certain extent, prevent your skin from breathing properly. This is down to how layers of makeup on the surface of the skin reduce the amount of oxygen that’s able to reach the skin. 

What happens if your skin isn’t getting enough oxygen? A number of things. For starters, it can speed up sebum production. Studies have also found that the less oxygen your skin has, the more likely it is to turn its sebum into fatty acids that trigger inflammation and, therefore, breakouts. 

Oxygen is also vital when it comes to collagen and elastin production. These two proteins give your skin its volume and smoothness. If your skin isn’t able to produce enough of them, it will start to age much sooner. 

Going bare-faced helps to prevent all of this by giving your skin the chance to breathe properly in between its makeup-wearing days.

It Reduces Your Chances of Experiencing Breakouts

We’ve already talked about how a lack of oxygen can trigger breakouts by stimulating sebum production. However, makeup does this in another way too…

As you probably know, breakouts occur when the pores end up blocked and inflamed. The more makeup you wear, the more likely you are to experience clogged pores. This is not only due to how your skin will be producing more oil but is also caused by the makeup products themselves entering into the pores. 

Sure, rinsing your makeup off each evening will help to prevent this. However, if you wear makeup all day every day, there’s a good chance that some of those products will still work their way into your pores before you’re able to cleanse in the evening. Keep your skin bare-faced every so often and clogged pores won’t be such an issue.

Your Skincare Products Will Be More Effective

Hopefully, before you apply your makeup products, you start by following a skincare routine. After all, good skin prep not only ensures that makeup lasts for longer but also gives you a much smoother and more even finish.

Unfortunately, the skincare products that you apply to your skin underneath your makeup won’t be able to function to their full potential. Most people immediately follow up their skincare routine with their makeup products, which only ends up diluting the ingredients in the skincare formulas you’ve just applied.

Waiting 20 minutes or so in between applying skincare and makeup can help. However, if you want your skincare products to truly work their magic, then nothing beats going bare-faced!

You’ll Be Able to Cut Back on Allergies, Irritation, and Sensitivities

If your skin never experiences sensitivities, irritation, or allergies, then feel free to scroll on. However, for everyone else, there’s a good chance that a significant percentage of the irritation that you have to deal with is down to your makeup products.

Sadly, so many of the makeup products out there have been formulated with common irritants. From parabens to sulfates to metals, these harsh ingredients are known for triggering sensitivities. High-end makeup products are just as culpable as drugstore versions. To avoid these irritants, you’ll have to scrutinize the ingredient list of every makeup product that you use.

Of course, another way to give your skin a break from these irritants is to forgo your makeup products a couple of times a week. This way, you’ll give your skin the chance to recover from any sensitivities that it’s struggling with, leaving it feeling much stronger and healthier overall.

A Bare Face Can Often Make You Look Younger

Many people rely on makeup as a way to make themselves look younger. However, once you reach your late 20s/early 30s, makeup can sometimes have the opposite effect.

This is common once the skin starts to develop fine lines, especially when it comes to the tiny creases around the eye area. Both cream and powder makeup formulas are notorious for sinking into these lines after they’ve been worn for a while. This then makes those lines look more defined and noticeable, leaving you looking more wrinkled than you really are. 

Going bare-faced does away with this problem. Sure, you may not be able to use makeup to hide any other age-related skin concerns you may be dealing with, but your fresh-faced look might be all you need to take a few years off of your appearance.

You’ll Save Time and Money

While not technically skincare-related, having a couple of bare-faced days each week will end up saving you a fair bit of time and money! This is particularly the case for those of you who spend a while applying your makeup – you’ll be able to enjoy some extra free time on the mornings when you choose to go makeup-free. 

Plus, the money that you save from not having to replace your makeup products quite so often can instead be spent on skincare products that’ll give your skin a beautiful natural glow.

Achieving a Flawless, Bare-faced Look

Can’t imagine rolling out of bed and showing the world your bare face? Fortunately, you don’t need to. Although you may be giving makeup a miss, prepping your skin with the right products will give you a smooth and bright complexion that you can be proud of! 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Make Sure That Your Skin is Clean

CBGöld Cleansing Elixir Kit

To truly pull off a fresh, bare-faced look, your skin needs to be clean. Since you’re not going to be using makeup to mask any redness or patches of irritation on your face, use a gentle cleanser to keep sensitivities to a minimum. 

The CB Facial Cleanser is perfect for this. Packed with a blend of antioxidants and hydrating compounds, this cleanser will leave your skin looking super soft and feeling ultra radiant!

For an extra glow, follow your cleanser up with the CB Facial Toner. It’ll give your skin some extra hydration, which, as you’re about to find out, is vital for your bare-faced look…

Hydrated Skin Will Look Lit From Within

CBDGold Serum

If you want your skin to look radiant and lit from within without having to resort to using makeup, hydration is key. The more hydrated your skin is, the plumper and fuller it will appear. Hydration gives the skin a natural glow that no amount of makeup can compete with!

The best way to hydrate your skin is with a hydrating serum, such as the CB Göld Replenishing Serum. It contains a number of hydrating compounds that immediately get to work, including sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, and a blend of three different peptides.

Brighten Your Complexion With Vitamin C

CBDGold Collection

Wondering how you can brighten up the look of dull skin without makeup? The CBDGöld Vitamin C Antioxidant Élixir from the CBDGöld Collection is what you need!

Vitamin C is a superstar for how it gives the skin a gorgeous radiance. Research confirms that it brightens the complexion while also improving how firm and elastic the skin feels. In our vitamin C serum, you’ll find two forms of the ingredient, meaning that you could see results twice as quickly!

Highlight With a Moisturizer

CB Phyto Satin Finish Cream

Moisturizing your skin will immediately leave it feeling softer and smoother, which you definitely want when you plan on going bare-faced. With that said, hopefully, you already moisturize your skin each day anyway. A moisturizer provides so many other benefits, making it essential in any skincare routine.

However, once you’re done moisturizing, try reaching for a little more cream and dabbing it onto the parts of your face where you would usually use a highlighter. Tapping some additional product underneath your brows, onto your cheekbones, and on your Cupid’s bow will give those areas a glossier sheen, just like your highlighter would have done!

One moisturizer that does this well is the CB Phyto Satin Finish Cream. It contains a number of glow-enhancing ingredients, including nettle leaf extract, caffeine, licorice root extract, and sodium hyaluronate.

Massage Your Skin to Boost Blood Flow

If, after following all of our tips, your skin is still looking a little lackluster, try treating it to a quick massage. The act of massage boosts blood flow, giving the skin a healthy-looking glow.

However, don’t wing it. Rubbing at your skin in the wrong way could accelerate the skin aging process. Instead, find a couple of trustworthy tutorials to teach you the right techniques.

Pay Attention to Your Brows and Lashes

Whether you’re obsessed with mascara or can’t live without your eyebrow pencil, all of these brow and lash products should be cast aside on the days when you plan on going bare-faced. 

Instead, when it comes to your brows, try using a dry spoolie brush to shape them. Guide those hairs so that they lie where you want them to and your brows will look beautifully groomed.

For your lashes, if you hate the thought of keeping them completely natural, try crimping them instead. This way, you won’t be applying any makeup but you’ll still be giving your lashes a lift. It will give your face a gorgeous, wide-eyed look that will fit in perfectly with the rest of your fresh, makeup-free appearance.


Many people are filled with horror at the thought of going bare-faced. However, this is something that can really benefit your skin, making it well worth doing once in a while. Plus, if you follow the tips that we’ve shared above, you’ll be able to ensure that your skin looks smooth, bright, and radiant, even without any makeup on!

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