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What Happens When Oily Skin Goes Makeup-Free for a Week

Would you go on a makeup detox?
What Happens When Oily Skin Goes Makeup-Free for a Week
IMAGE Paolo Pineda
Would you go on a makeup detox?

My face gets oily by noon or when the weather is hot. I always blot my face with powder or oil-absorbing sheets. Whenever I see a zit forming, I soak it with Neostrata's Oily Skin Solution Glycolic Acid Toner. It dries up pimples really fast without leaving dark spots. 

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FRIDAY

It would take me a certain level of stress and courage to step out of the house with barely-there brows. My drawn-on brows define my face (and who I am), so on the first day, my face seemed to look flat and washed out. I let it pass because I was en route to a shoot in Tagaytay—no events, no bigwigs to meet. And being paranoid of sun damage, I just slathered Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense over every inch of my face. I remember noticing my T-zone was shiny after lunch, but it wasn't as greasy as days when I'd slap on layers of BB cream on my face.

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SATURDAY

Weekends for me mean staying at home and recharging (I'm not the FOMO type). As soon as I got up, I just washed my face, applied Laneige's Bright Renew Original Serum, and went on with my day. Before going to bed, I religiously went through my skin care regimen. If I won't be wearing makeup, I should seriously have an immaculate complexion. 

SUNDAY

A girlfriend asked me to have coffee, so I was tempted to fill in my brows, but I managed to control myself because I was saving my makeup cheat day for a weekday where I would be out for events. Since the sun had already set, I just patted brightening serum onto my face to psych myself into thinking that I had something on. 

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MONDAY

A Monday for people who work in digital media is crunch time—you need to produce a gazillion articles all day. I could care less about going to work without eyebrows. In the event my T-zone becomes reminiscent of a disco ball, I had my blotting papers conveniently stashed in my bag. I used a sheet by 4pm, when I had to do my coffee run.

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TUESDAY

I went to different product launches and PR and brand representatives asked me why my brows and neon liner were absent, and I simply revealed that I was on a makeup detox challenge. Also, I normally apply a pore-diffusing primer on my face on special days like this, so I was hyper-aware of my pores being visible to anyone at the event. I did a shine check every n ow and then, and was surprised that I didn't need to use blotting papers the whole day.

WEDNESDAY

I was in the office the whole day, and gave my hair a bit of lift to make up for not putting any flaw-camoflaging product on my face. Plus, after yesterday's victory over shine, I felt more confident sans an ounce of makeup. I also found my complexion looked more alive and glowing.  

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THURSDAY

Today was cheat day! I attended three events, but since I was seeing radiant results in my skin (thanks to a reliable brightening skin care regimen), I just confidently put on a red lip to draw attention away from my sunken under-eye area and sparse brows. The best part of the day was when an editor approached me and asked what I've been using on my skin. She said I glowed, I proudly said to myself, "Achievement unlocked!"

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FRIDAY

On the last day of my detox, I closely inspected my complexion in the mirror. It dawned on me that halfway through my cleanse, not a single zit care of Aunt Flo appeared. I've always believed that there was no way to stop hormone-induced pimples from coming out prior to and during my period, but after my makeup cleanse, I realized that I could overrride it.

THE RESULT

My skin seemed more behaved. Before, by midday, I would need to blot my face with oil-absorbing sheets. But when I was done with the detox, I found I only reached for my blotting paper after the sun had set. Also, I cannot believe I didn't get a zit before or during my period. Makes me want to do this once a month.

This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine June 2015 issue.

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