It’s summer time, and I see this as a perfect opportunity to embrace a bare face. It’s too hot to wear a full face contour if you ask me. Your face will literally melt off and leave you with a mess to fix. So let’s get some inspiration from the beautiful Alicia Keys and ‘Dare To Go Bare.’ I have a feeling that once we get a glimpse of how clear our complexion can be if we laid off the pounds of makeup, we might make this a regular thing. We need to rehearse a few things that may make the transition from full face to bare face a little bit easier.

One of the biggest lies we convince ourselves of is that we need makeup. Let’s find a way to shut the lies up and prove them wrong. You in?

I have picked the brains of many estheticians, in my many years of working in a salon/spa environment. One important thing I learned to help bring blood and oxygen to the surface to improve skin complexion is facial massaging. I feel as though the best recommended time to do so is when you are washing your face. Start by massaging your face in circular motions. Then, after you have rinsed and you’re ready to apply your serums, moisturizers, or creams, use a pressing and tapping movement to allow the product to absorb into the skin while giving yourself a mini facial massage. By doing this, it increases blood flow to your pressure points and increases the skin’s tone and brightness. Once you make a routine of this, it will become your new normal, because it feels really amazing and your skin will soon say thank you!

I am going to now tell you something you don’t want to hear…. choose dairy wisely! Cue the tears, am I right? Dairy is my favorite food group; don’t even get me started on cheese! But the reality is, dairy can cause acne flare-ups for some people. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of substances that do not agree with your body, and since milk products are mucous forming, they can be difficult for the body to break down and digest. So to combat those cyst acne bumps that form around your chin area, try cutting out your amount of dairy intake on a daily basis. This will help you clear up the red bumps, and gain confidence to go ‘bare.’

I am pretty confident in saying we all most likely drink a cup of coffee to give us a little jolt in the morning. I know this is asking a lot, but give it a try. Swap out your cup of coffee for a cup of herbal tea. It has been proven that some herbs help with different skin issues. Drinking a glass, or even making a face mask out of loose leaf steeped tea, will give you a daily dose of antioxidants which will help cleanse your body of its toxins. Unfortunately, if we don’t watch what we eat or watch what our skin is being exposed to, it is very likely that our face will let us know with signs of achy cystic acne or clusters of little white bumps.

These are just a couple of the many, many tips that can help you in your journey to find more self-confidence in living with the skin you’re in. Whether you do it for a day, a week, or a year, you may just gain a confidence you didn’t know you had. This confidence won’t be defined by your physical outer beauty, but a beautiful confidence that radiates from within. I have truly admired Alicia Keys for her dedication to committing to ‘Go Bare.’ For someone who is under the pressure of living in the spotlight, she has stayed faithful and committed to her journey toward self-awareness and self-appreciation. We can all learn a little from her!

Join me this summer as we correct our skin and learn to love ourselves one day at a time.