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I must admit there have been nights when I’ve curled up in my bed with the remainder of the day's makeup still on my face. I’d go to bed feeling slightly guilty and fully aware that I’d be greeted by some delightful spots when I looked in the mirror the next morning.

As someone who suffers from acne, I’m usually really strict with my skincare regime, but I’m sure everyone’s had those nights when all you want to do is jump into bed and abandon your skincare routine.

One night won’t do any harm we mutter to ourselves, but we’re so wrong.

The best thing we can do after wearing makeup all day is to let your skin breathe.

Cleansing the skin is one step we should never avoid, especially if you’re wearing a lot of makeup on a daily basis.

Makeup artists Lauren Murphy and Elizabeth Rita shared their top skincare tips at the launch of Nivea’s MicellAIR Skin Breathe Professional range.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Both Lauren and Elizabeth said double cleansing is the best thing you can do to keep your skin feeling clean and looking healthy.

They explained how cleansing once removes the makeup, oil and dirt on your skin, which is essential but many of us are guilty of neglecting the double cleanse.

Lauren stressed the importance of double cleansing because the second time you cleanse actually cleans your skin leaving it feeling smooth and supple.

She also reminded us of the areas we tend to forget about when cleansing. Lauren said cleansing the hairline, jaw, neck and ear area is just as important as any other part.

We found a product that will encourage you to double cleanse every night, even when you come crawling home after drinking one too many G&T's.

The MicellAIR Professional Micellar Water is bound to become your new holy grail product this winter. It has a unique and innovative light-weight formula that effectively removes long-wear face and eye makeup while deeply cleansing the skin, in one easy step.

Pick up a bottle of the MicellAIR Professional Micellar Water for a mere €6.99. You can thank us later.

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By Shauna Coen 

It's not uncommon to hear people who show their ‘imperfect’ bodies called brave.

It’s great when people share posts and photos about loving their body. It’s great that they may inspire others to grasp and understand body positivity and it certainly shows some diversity to what we typically see on Instagram and magazine covers. But we shouldn’t call women ‘brave’ for simply having a certain type of body.

Too often, women who show off their bodies that match society's idea of conventional beauty are called ‘gorgeous’ while women put their supposedly ‘flawed’ bodies on display are commended for their bravery.

As if revealing your stretch marks, cellulite or tummy roles in public makes you a superhero.

Having suffered from eczema since a young age, I was always conscious of my skin. I struggled to find a magic potion that would soothe my rough, red and patchy textured skin.

Often, the only solution to stopping the itch was steroid cream. Years of slathering the creams on the backs of my knees had resulted in stretch marks developing in those areas.

For me, it was a small price to pay for the relief of constant discomfort. They are now a vital piece of what makes me, me, and more often than not, I forget they're even there.

However, on one sunny day last summer, I decided to wear a short summer dress -tight and restrictive clothing aggravates my eczema, not that it matters what I was wearing- when a friend pointed out my marks and commended me for showing them off.

‘Fair play to you for not covering them up,’ she said. ‘I'd never be as brave as you are,’ she added. I was lost for words. Why would I consider hiding them? Or am I supposed to take that as a compliment?

I don’t blame her for thinking it. I blame society.

 

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The reason people see this as bravery is because we perceive showing flaws, be it fat, a scar, whatever, as having some potential for social failure.

While fat and stretch marks are completely normal for women, it's something we don't always see shown off, particularly on social media.

We as a society have developed this notion that there's one certain way to look and that you have to look a certain way to be deemed ‘beautiful’.

Therefore, we think other bodies that don’t fit into that narrow perceived image of beauty are ‘imperfect.’ This has made showing off bodies not perceived as normal as some radical act, when it's actually just natural and we’re just human.

 

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You don’t tell a catwalk model that they’re ‘so brave’ for displaying their bodies on runways and for photo shoots. And besides, comments like these are rather insulting to the women who are really displaying bravery in life.

There are people who are firefighters, risking their lives every day, there are people fighting cancer, fighting for rights for minority groups despite risking their own lives by doing so – they are acts of bravery.

Posting a photo without makeup on or a picture in a bikini isn’t. If the only positive feedback a woman receives from posting an untouched photo of her body is that it somehow represents ‘bravery’, it only makes it that bit more difficult for every person, be it, man or woman, to see the real beauty in any body type.

If we can’t change this then society will not stop perceiving the exposure of ‘imperfect’ bodies as an act of courage.

There is no reason loving our bodies exactly as they are should be seen as brave or radical. It should be the norm.

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Now more than ever, women (and men) are embracing their insecurities, whether it be their size, hair colour or skin. 

This is a message we support 100%, and we find it so refreshing when people support eachother and spread messages of support. 

One lovely lady who is doing just that is MUA Bronya Humphreys, who suffers from facial eczema. 

Bronya's condition, which she was born with, took a turn for the worse after she gave birth to her ADORABLE daughter.

 

Here is a little side by side. I've been trying to be more confident regarding my skin, as it's so bad I currently struggle to leave the house I'm so embarrassed of my eczema. Thank you for all the kind comments I've received on my last post. I want to prove that you can be beautiful even without makeup. Skin condition and all. I love the way I look when I'm fully glammed, but that's only one side of me. The other side is someone who is a human; with human emotions and gets hurt just like any of you. I want to show you that both sides of me are beautiful, and both sides of you are beautiful too! You do you. Whether you want to wear makeup everyday, or like me you need to take time off to care for yourself and look after your skin. Whatever you do, do it with confidence:) #confidence #sidebyside #bareskin #natural #makeup

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Despite the fact that she finds herself dealing with her eczema every day – she still focuses on what she loves. 

Makeup is Bronya's passion, and she is bloody good at it.

It would be easy enough for the mum-of-one to ditch the pursuit of makeup, due to the fact that it involves showing her skin off to the world. 

However, she perseveres, refusing to let her condition get the better of her. 

In a recent post on Instagram, Bronya spoke about her skin, and what it is like to live with such severe eczema:

'I have eczema. I have a skin condition. I have had so many hateful comments recently regarding how I look. When I wear makeup they say I'm fake. When I don't I'm a gross zombie. And can I just say, I am not my skin condition.'

She continued: 'I am a lovely, caring, beautiful human, and you don't deserve to even be on my page let alone be leaving awful comments on my pictures. All I want on my page is to promote self love. You are all fantastic.'

The talented MUA then reminded her 71,000 followers that they are all amazing, no matter what.

'You are all brilliant. Please. Please. Please. Ignore everyone who makes awful comments. YOU ARE AMAZING. Since I got a lot of followers I have had so many hateful comments. Just because I have a lot of followers doesn't mean I don't have feelings!'

'Basically what I'm trying to say is f**k anyone that shits on you. You are so much better than that. I love you all. Chin up. There's a lot of hate in this world but I'm there for you. Shoot me a message. I may take a while to get back to you but I'll be there for you.'

Now, that is a message we can get behind! Bronya, you are a KWEEN. 

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2016 saw a huge surge in models and bloggers spreading body positivity.

Instagram alone has seen fitness gurus and make-up masters bare their natural skin and bodies in hopes to educate young women and girls that everything is not as it seems on social media.

And the latest woman to show off her flaws is British fitness blogger Cary Grays of Busy Bee Fitness fame.

She took to IG last week and shared two photos side-by-side. One snap was a selfie with a full face of make-up, and on the other side showed her without a drop – plus some eczema patchs.

She captioned the photo: "Slight different #REALITYCHECK today!! I have a skin condition called eczema and sometimes my skin is happy as Larry and sometimes it has flare ups. 

"Social media/Instagram will show the good days. The good parts of people and their lives and that's ok! That's what social media is for.

 

Slightly different #REALITYCHECK today  We all have good days and we all have bad days I have a skin condition called eczema and sometimes my skin is happy as Larry and sometimes it has flare ups  Social media/Instagram will show the good days. The good parts of people and their lives and that's ok That's what social media is for But here's a reminder that next time you see something on social media that you think is 'goals' that it's not the full story, it's not how that person will look or be alllllll the time  I'm still struggling to accept myself on the right, it's a big insecurity of mine and that's fine. I'm learning to accept myself knowing that everyone has their own struggles and insecurities and that's what makes us unique and special  #fitness #fit #health #healthy #gym #workout #Abs #glutes #fitfam #girlswholift #cardio #fitspo #instafit #gains #girlgains #muscle #strength #motivation #muslce #booty #leanin15 #gymshark #gymsharkwomen #womensbest

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"But here's a reminder that next time you see something on social media that you think is 'goals' that it's not the full story, it's not how that person will look or be alllllll the time!" 

She continues her post by saying she's still not 100 per cent happy about her skin, but is trying to love herself the way she is.

"I'm still struggling to accept myself on the right, it's a big insecurity of mine and that's fine.

"I'm learning to accept myself knowing that everyone has their own struggles and insecurities and that's what makes us unique and special."

We need to learn and accept that everyone has their flaws, and no matter what we just got to keep doing what we're doing and not let them get in our way.

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We hate to break it to you, but acne is just one of those things that we wish we could leave behind with puberty. Unfortunately, that is sometimes just not the case.

While some of your blemishes can be the result of one too many trips to the take away or that time of the month, some people can face irritated skin or nasty breakouts as a result of one simple habit.

The water in your shower could be causing your skin to break out.

Life Script pointed out that changes in your environment can cause your skin to react badly.  This can be a result of our skin adjusting to different pH levels in the water.

However, Dr. Robynne Chutkan recently appeared on Today to inform us that hard water or soft water are the least of our worries. We might actually just be too clean, and that is what leads to break outs.

She says that a certain amount of grime is needed to keep our bodies full of friendly germs that we need to protect ourselves from those that can do us harm.

She explained that we may not actually need to be scouring ourselves in the shower daily with soap. In fact, by doing so, we could be removing bacteria that helps prevent certain skin issues, especially eczema.

She advises to forget about soaps, but if we insist to go for mild, organic products.

We can also ditch the hand sanitizers, unless you’re working in a contagious area of a hospital. While during flu season extra precaution is wise, apparently using too many antibacterial soaps is doing harm to our skin.

So, basically, repeatedly killing off good bacteria on our skin may break down our natural immunity and this can lead to breakouts and skin irritation.

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