Embracing My Natural Skin

"I think every single imperfection adds to your beauty. I'd rather be imperfect than perfect."  - Sonam Kapoor.

Just over a month ago I went to visit my sister in Gran Canarias for a week. During my time there I wore foundation once on the first night and then couldn't be bothered with it again for the rest of the week. When you get home in the early hours of the morning slightly (very) intoxicated, the last thing you want to do is take your makeup off. That and the fact that the nights out weren't exactly planned. One thing led to another and before we knew it we were in a nightclub in our stable gear. Yeah, they let us in.
Anyway, after a week of going out without makeup on and embracing my natural skin, I decided to try and do the same once I got back to the U.K. Although I enjoy doing my makeup, doing it everyday for work was time consuming and wasn't really doing my skin any good. Plus I don't like this idea that we are supposed to have flawless skin, it's just unrealistic. My skin is far from flawless but it doesn't bother me as much anymore. I am learning to feel more comfortable in my own skin and it is great.

My skin feels so much better now that I'm not covering it in foundation everyday, and I don't have to spend ages taking it off in the evenings either. I can just wash my face and crawl into bed, it's great.

I still do my makeup when I feel like it, if I go out somewhere nice or if I fancy spending a bit more time on myself. It's nice to do it because I feel like doing it and not because I feel like my skin looks horrible and I need to cover it up. The idea of flawless skin is crazy, at least for me anyway.
Having found a skin care routine that helps my skin and not using foundation every day, I have noticed a great improvement. Although a few people hadn't even noticed I'd stopped wearing foundation, so I don't know what I was so worried about. I think we tend to think our imperfections are bigger and more noticeable than what they actually are. A lot of times when I see photos with the "Excuse the lack of makeup" or "Excuse my skin" kind of captions, I hadn't even noticed until they pointed it out.

I'm definitely enjoying feeling more confident and comfortable in my own skin, also the extra minutes in bed make it worth while.