Of course times in life require makeup especially if you know you’re going to run into people that you know. Some of us are more addicted to makeup than others and that’s OK. But it is a good idea to give your skin a rest from makeup now and then. If you’re headed on a rustic vacation like a hiking trip or a yoga retreat, saying no thanks to makeup is a given but it’s also called for if you’re just running errands or headed out for a run. Whatever the case, consider parting with your makeup habit now and then. It’s a good idea to give your skin a good detox from makeup every so often because even though it brightens your features and adds color to your complexion, it can also be congesting to your skin. Face makeup, especially those with SPF built in, can block oxygen from flowing in and out of your pores. If you cake makeup on, it makes the problem even worse. “By removing bronzer, blush, and highlighter for a few days, skin can breathe and oxygen doesn’t have to worry about finding its way through all of the layers. Less is sometimes more in the long run!” says Annie Tevelin of Skin Owl said to Beauty High. Taking the weekend off from foundation can decongest the pores and minimize pore size, then when you go back to makeup, it’ll look even better on fresh skin. Bottom line--your skin needs to breathe and covering it up all the time hinders this. Not to mention that foundations can clog pores and cause red blotches on face. Makeup that sinks into your pores and wrinkles also makes you look older. Plus, skipping the makeup regimen when you’re in a hurry saves time. Instead of makeup, lather up in a natural moisturizer that replenishes your skin with vitamin E and cucumber extract. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.