face 2Some are going without wine in January, some without stodgy food and yummy sauces – but why not give your face a detox? Could you do it? Have a whole month not wearing make-up?

And why would you… well while most women are well aware that they should take their make-up off at night before they go to sleep, to let skin breathe and repair itself as well as helping to remove toxins and help prevent premature ageing, but did you know that not wearing make-up can help make you look younger.

Skincare expert Rita Strazinska, founder of Bio2You Organic Seabuckthorn skincare has urged women to go make-up free one day a week, for a minimum of 24 hours, to help protect the skin and allow it to rejuvenate without being weighed down by make-up.

Rita said: “Going make-up free can be difficult for many women, for whom it is a brave choice to go to work, take the kids to school or pop to the shops without a hint of make-up on.

“However, by opting to give skin a breather once a week, accompanied by a good skincare routine, women may find their self-confidence levels actually increase as they notice the condition of their skin improving, whilst the world has chance to appreciate their natural beauty.”

There are several key reasons why we should go make-up free once a week. These are:

1. A clearer complexion: Allowing skin to breathe could mean a reduction in spots, blemishes and acne, as pores are cleansed from make-up. Make-up can also irritate the skin, leading to redness and allergic reactions.

2. Go chemical free: For women who choose not to opt for natural and organic make-up, this means the skin is loaded with chemicals that are found in many brands. With worries about the side effects these chemicals (such as parabens) can have on the skin, it makes sense to give skin a rest from synthetic ingredients.

3. Premature ageing: Even if we remove our make-up at night, it may still have a potentially ageing effect on the skin as it can promote oxidative stress (from the ingredients in the products) and increase levels of free radicals on the skin, which can in time lead to collagen breakdown.

4. More time: The average woman spends around 20 minutes every morning putting on make-up. Going make-up free means you could enjoy an extra 20 minutes sleep or have more time to eat a healthy breakfast.

A key part of the skincare routine should be exfoliating twice a week to promote a healthy glow. Bio2You’s Organic Seabuckthorn Facial Scrub (£19.95 for 100ml, pictured right) contains plant derived ingredients, vitamins and vegetable granules to gently exfoliate and purify the skin.

Other tips to follow include eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water to ensure skin is hydrated and nourished from the inside, out. Bio2You’s Organic Anti-Ageing Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (£24.95 for 50ml, pictured far right) also helps to hydrate the skin, whilst getting eight hours of sleep a night can help to decrease any puffiness or dark circles