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May Is for Naked Face

Confession: I got my first zit at age 11, and I’ve been traumatized ever since. My skin has been horrible since puberty. “Horrible” may be a bit of an overstatement, but to a young girl with the “chocolate chip” skin (Those were the acne scars left on my brown skin, by the way), I think that’s what helped to facilitate my life of introversion. I didn’t want to be seen with a face full of acne.

Now, I’m in my 40s, and I still have greasy, acne-prone skin. As you can see, my skin is uneven and a lil rocky in some areas. Oh, and now I have wrinkles! I call them happy wrinkles because I’m always laughing at something or someone, so I embrace those lines.

I have mostly good days, but when I have a bad skin day, my face erupts like Mt. Rushmore! I don’t just get one isolated zit. I get four or five cystic mountains that are painful to the touch and last for days.

I’m nowhere near Jackie Aina status, but when I want a beat face, I can do a lil sum’n.

Ok, the brows are a lil tragic, but focus your eyes downward.

So, where am I going with all this? Well, as the title of this post implies, I am declaring May a makeup-free month for myself. I not only want to get my skin in shape but also curb my impulse spending. I am a confessed makeup product junkie. I don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, but I do love buying tinted lip balms and glosses, mascaras, and any eyebrow product on the market. If I could only choose three makeup products to ever use, it would be a tinted lip balm, mascara, and a bomb eyebrow pencil. But for the month of May, I am going completely bare-faced nekkid for all 31 days. YIKES!!! So, exactly what does that mean?

  1. No foundation
  2. No concealer
  3. No lip color (Ok, maybe a tinted lip balm)
  4. No mascara
  5. No brow pencil
  6. No eye shadow or pencil

For the entire month of May, I am going to focus solely on skincare. The plan:

  1. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day
  2. No dairy (I’m testing a theory that my skin troubles may be dairy-related.)
  3. Apply a clay facial mask twice a week
  4. No picking at any new blemishes (This will kill me.)
  5. In bed by 11 p.m. on weeknights (When I say “in bed”, I mean prepared for sleep.)

What I hope to accomplish:

  1. To not rely on makeup to feel and look my best.
  2. To take proactive steps to achieve a clearer, brighter complexion (Not lighter. Don’t get it twisted…)
  3. To develop a habit of drinking more water.
  4. To lessen or totally eliminate dairy completely from my diet.
  5. To develop a regular sleep pattern.
  6. And finally…