Ana de Armas Without Makeup

When most people think about beauty, they conjure up images of flawless faces, perfectly applied cosmetics, and immaculate hair. And while those things can certainly make us appear more beautiful than ever before, there is another type of beauty that many women strive for all year long.

That other kind of beauty? It doesn’t even require any makeup at all.

We’ve got quite a bit of experience under our belts when it comes to looking gorgeous and feeling completely comfortable in our own skin. We know exactly which techniques work best and which ones don’t. So instead of telling you everything you should do differently from everyone else, let’s just take a closer look at why having perfect, unblemished skin isn’t really as hard as you might have thought…

1. Moisturize

“I moisturize every morning,” says actress Ana De Armas exclusively to Allure magazine. “It helps prevent fine lines and keeps my skin hydrated.”

Although this may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that different types of skins react differently to certain kinds of moisturizers. For example, oily complexions benefit greatly from oilier creams, but dryer skins tend to respond better to hydrating lotion. If you have particularly sensitive skin, always consult a dermatologist first.

The next time you consider skipping out on your usual facial routine, stop yourself—it could save your skin from premature aging later down the line. The right moisturizer plays a huge role in keeping your complexion smooth and healthy by preventing moisture loss and maintaining elasticity, making it one of the easiest ways to improve your overall appearance.

Here are five essential oils that keep your face moist throughout the day. Try them alone or combine two or three together for added benefits.

Bergamot — Bergapten, which gives bergamots their citrus scent, contains anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing and reduce swelling. In addition, its antioxidant qualities help remove free radicals responsible for damaging cells and promoting wrinkles. This makes bergamot great for combating the effects of sun damage and improving the healthiness of your pores. Not only does it smell amazing, but studies show that it protects against UV rays too.

Lavender — Lavendin, the main component of lavender oil, contains antiseptic and antibacterial compounds that fight off bacteria causing acne breakouts, rashes, infections, and inflammation. Its soothing effect on irritated skin prevents redness, irritation, and flaking, leaving behind a fresh, clean feel. It also reduces the symptoms associated with eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, and ringworm. You can use it anywhere you want to treat minor cuts and burns, including on cuticles.

Peppermint — Menthe di piperita, the name given to peppermint oil, contains high concentrations of menthol, a compound known for its calming effects. Peppermint oil promotes relaxation and fights infection, relieves pain, and treats inflammation. When used topically on broken bones, it reduces bruising and scarring. Like lavender oil, it helps relieve itchiness, redness, and soreness around insect bites, stings, and blisters. Even though mint tea tastes delicious, try using peppermint leaves instead. They give you similar results while adding antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, E, and iron.

Rosemary — Rosmarinus officinalis, the primary ingredient of rosemary oil, contains flavonoids called rosmarinic acid, which offers protection against oxidation and ultraviolet radiation. Rosemary oil heals wounds fast and brings relief from feverish chills. Studies suggest that it can stimulate collagen production, which improves the texture and tone of your skin over time. Topical applications of rosemary oil offer protection and treatment for common ailments such as arthritis, asthma, colds, flu, herpes, sinusitis, warts, and yeast infections.

Tea Tree Oil — Melaleuca alternifolia, the active agent in tea tree oil, fights harmful microorganisms, slows the growth of fungi, lowers fevers, and kills viruses, bacteria, parasites, and yeasts. Tea tree oil stimulates tissue regeneration, increases circulation, and encourages lymphatic drainage. It has potent antimicrobial activity against more than 200 diseases caused by pathogens ranging from bacteria to fungus. Tea tree oil’s strong aroma masks odors and freshens breath. Use it to disinfect surfaces, sanitize jewelry, and kill germs on cutting boards.

2. Tone Up with Sunscreen

Sunburned skin looks bad no matter where you turn these days, especially since tanning beds were made illegal back in 2012. However, sunscreen actually enhances your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D and protect itself from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB wavelengths.

Not sure what SPF means? Check out these handy little charts showing how much sun exposure each number blocks.

If you prefer to skip the messy business of applying sunscreen, try spritzing on a small amount of water mixed with aloe vera gel for extra cooling action. Then apply liberally to your face, neck, hands, arms, chest, shoulders, and waistline. Don’t forget to include your ears and scalp. Afterward, rinse well with lukewarm water and pat thoroughly dry.

There are plenty of reasons why wearing sunscreen is good for your skin, but did you know that it can also prevent cancer? Recent evidence suggests that UVA light causes DNA mutations in melanocytes, leading to malignant tumors. To avoid developing future cancerous lesions, wear sunscreen whenever outdoors during peak sunlight hours — 10 am to 4 pm.

3. Cleanse and Exfoliate

As far as daily skincare goes, cleansing twice a day is usually enough. However, doing so once per week is still beneficial, helping to eliminate dirt and grime buildup and revealing brighter, healthier skin. Plus, exfoliating cleanses away dead skin cells, allowing new layers to grow beneath.

Try alternating between creamy scrubs and sugar masque treatments to see which suits your needs best. Both options provide gentle exfoliation while taking care of your skin in a unique way. Sugar scrubs contain ground almonds and sugars, plus fruit acids to slough off dulling outer layer. Creamy scrubs consist primarily of glycerol and plant extracts, along with fragrant essential oils, designed to soften, lift, and revive tired skin.

You don’t necessarily need something fancy for both tasks. Just follow these simple steps to achieve a truly radiant glow.

First, wash your face gently with warm water then pat dry with soft cloth. Next, apply toner and cream foundation according to package instructions. Lastly, dust lightly with loose powder for finishing touches.

To create a deep cleaning mask, mix 1 tablespoon finely powdered oatmeal, ½ teaspoon honey, and ¼ cup milk until combined into paste. Cover eyes and allow mixture to sit for 15 minutes, followed by washing off residue with cool running water. Pat dry with towel and add 2 tablespoons yogurt, 3 drops lemon juice, and 1 drop jojoba oil to soften ends. Rinse again and repeat process four times weekly.

4. Polish Perfect Finish With Mascara and Lipstick

Your lips deserve special attention too. Whether your goal is full coverage or sheer application, lipsticks come in multiple shades to match nearly any skin tones. Some colors specifically target problem areas, filling in imperfections, brightening dark spots, and minimizing puffiness. Others simply enhance the color already present within your lips. Choose wisely based on your preferences and lifestyle.

Mascaras are typically thick, white liquids containing pigment suspended within liquid polymers. Their purpose is to coat lashes, giving them volume and length. There are several different types available, depending on whether you want bold, dramatic eyeliner streaks or softer, subtle color gradations.

Most mascaras contain preservatives to extend shelf life and won’t irritate your delicate eye area. Avoid rubbing anything directly onto your eyes, as mascara tends to clump easily and smudge into feathery black marks. Simply dip cotton swab into product and swipe across lower lid border toward lash line. Repeat upward stroke near inner corner of eye to blend color. Finally, curve applicator tip downward, stopping short of lashes themselves. Gently press firmly to set base, working towards middle of upper lashes.

Once finished, blot excess paint with tissues, wait 30 seconds, and repeat final step.

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