I believe that all of us, in the midst of the chaos and months of confinement and seclusion, experience different emotions and feelings. Some weeks were filled with extreme worry, anxiety and sadness.
But I can say that I have also had happy, creative, productive days full of good energy. It was a privilege to be able to take a forced break, from home, and create a daily routine of yoga, cooking, eating well, reading, watching movies, taking online courses, watching “lives”, cleaning the house, taking care of my skin, hair and body.
With time to spare, I had fun doing several days of “home spa”! I was able to try out face mask recipes, moisturize my hair with coconut oil, use my dry brush. I drank lots of water, herbal teas and, many days, managed to get the 8 hours of sleep I deserve. Of course, as the weeks went by, I noticed some good results.
Since I like to try new experiences and it had been a month since I left home, I underwent a 7-day detoxification treatment with green smoothies, which turned out to be a wonderful experience for my body, my soul and, of course, my skin. I can tell you that spending 7 days alone with smoothies is not easy and I do not recommend it to just anyone.
But the “most radical” habit change, with the most surprising result, that I set out to make in this quarantine was to do away with the daily use of makeup once and for all in my life. This was unimaginable for me, since I started having acne-prone* skin at the age of 30 and I had not spent a day in my life without using at least one makeup base on my face to hide my acne.
And it is this liberation (or would it be a victory?) that I would like to share with you. I can say out loud and with great pride that:
I’m a “MAKEUP FREE” woman and I want to celebrate that! Because in the times we live in, that’s not easy, it’s not for just anyone. With so many impositions from society for us to be “superwomen” or “women with perfect skin and bodies”, who dares or who manages not to wear makeup?
That doesn’t mean that I don’t like to wear makeup and that I’ll never wear makeup again. I’m a professional actress and, many times, in plays, movies or TV, wearing makeup is part of the job.
How has the pandemic helped improve my acne-prone skin?
When I couldn’t leave the house, I ended up spending days and days with a basic facial care routine: cleansing my skin with a toner and moisturizing it on some days with Per Purr’s facial oil and on other days with my mixed-dry skin moisturizer.
After going 3 months without using a drop of makeup on my acne-prone skin (I can already say: my skin is no longer acne-prone), the result is really amazing. I never imagined getting rid of makeup (Could makeup be an addiction? A way of hiding ourselves?) Nor did I imagine the difference its daily use would make to the health of my skin.
Anyone with acne-prone skin knows what I’m talking about. Some spend years and years in the incessant struggle of fighting pimples, trying all sorts of products and treatments people recommend, going to countless different dermatologists and almost never having satisfactory results, or any hope.
Well, the truth is that it seems it has taken a pandemic for me to discover alone and confined to my house that the combo food + what you do or don’t put on your skin is your “secret tip” to having healthy skin and no acne.
Now that we are slowly returning to the rhythm of before, but with (perhaps) a change in mentality, a desire to do things better and a real thirst to stick to the new habits cultivated in lock-down, it is time to put our plans into action.
The truth is that everything I’m talking about is related to the notion of constancy. Experiencing doing something every day. Even if it’s just a little, but sticking to it, until the action becomes a part of you and eventually it doesn’t require any effort.
I can already tell you that for me it takes no effort to eat well, do yoga and not wear makeup every day. They are just simple, constant daily tasks.
So, I invite you to try a new habit that makes you feel good. But take your time. Don’t forget that as long as a little day-to-day practice makes a difference in your mind or body, you have to embrace it and practice it.
*One of the causes of acne in adult women is “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”, which can also cause a hormonal imbalance. In this case, changes in diet and the use of cosmetics may not have the same effectiveness. We encourage you to consult a medical specialist.