It's no secret that I love makeup. I can easily spend hours browsing pins on Pinterest on different products, and reading tips from the pros. But what I also love to do is go makeup free. Besides allowing my skin to breathe, I'm finally comfortable with how I look, and am proud of how healthy my skin has become from taking care of it and using great products suited for my skin type.
I love the sun and when I was younger I thought I couldn't burn, because after all, I'm a Latina with a darker complexion. I learned my lesson after my first trip to Cancun, where after frolicking for a week on the beaches of Mexico, I fried my skin and then shed for weeks afterwards. Not cute at all, and such a bad way to end a great trip. It also really scared me because I never experienced pain like that before. Putting on my bra or someone accidentally brushing up on me would cause me to nearly jump out of my skin, doing my best to muffle screams of pain. Touché sun, and yes, lesson learned.
Since then I have been diligent in buying products with SPF already in them, or applying sunblock directly to my skin. But I'm all about ease and convenience to make my hectic schedule and life a bit easier to manage. I knew I was going to like the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair line because it not only moisturized my skin (without leaving it oily), but it also contained SPF to protect it during the day and night. I also have a few manchas or dark spots on my chin from being naughty, and picking at a blemish when I know I'm not supposed to - oh well! The rapid tone repair line has Vitamin C, Retinol SA, Hyaluronic Acid and a glucose complex to help fade my manchas while repairing my skin. Hyaluronic acid in case you didn't know, is a substance found naturally within our bodies. It binds to water and helps to lubricate movable parts of our body. Some even call it, "nature's moisturizer" .
No #makeup #nofilter ...#bestofme
Here I am, makeup free! Sure the bags under my eyes are a clear indication that I could probably use more sleep - but this is me. If I'm hanging out having a lazy day with my boyfriend, or running around after work during errands, this is probably how you will catch me. The journey to respecting myself, becoming healthier and loving myself took time, but I guess that's why they call it a journey. I know my true beauty comes from within. It's about being kind, gracious, grateful and considerate of others. It's loving and laughing at your flaws and imperfections while working towards becoming a better person that adds value to the lives of others.
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Disclosure: This post was compensated and in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Neutrogena. As always, all opinions are my own.