Makeup for me has been something of a crutch, ever since I can remember. I started wearing makeup when I was only 14 years old. All the girls were wearing it back then and in order to feel part of the group and prettier, I began to wear it too. It's true that it has always helped me feel better about myself and that with it, I can look pretty darn good. But makeup is supposed to be a tool, a tool to enhance our beauty, not to completely change us.
Especially as I have gotten older, I have come to see the importance of what lies beneath the makeup, my skin. All through out my life I had managed to neglect the most important part of my face and my looks, never really realizing that if the canvas was messed up, the whole picture would be ugly. And really I am at a point in my life where I don't want to wear makeup every day. On most days all I want is to hold up my hair and get going out the door to run errands or take kids to school, without having to put on my mask.
For this campaign, Neutrogena asked us to try their product out and then post a picture of ourselves with no make up. At first I was a bit hesitant, I mean who wants to show off all those wrinkles and bags. Plus I have really uneven skin tone and have two major problem areas, my t-zone and my cheeks, which go crazy in the heat, and today was a hot one!
But then I realized that I don't even look that bad, and my skin is actually in pretty good shape and will be getting even better as I get to use more of the Netrogena Tone Repair. Looking now at my pictures I realize I look almost the same as when I am wearing my full face, all I am really missing is the eyeliner. And my boyfriends favorite picture of me of all time, is one that I took first thing in the morning where I am holding Sam and wearing not a stitch of makeup. So what was I scared of for so long? I think we just get to believing the makeup hype and thinking we need all that stuff to face the world. Don't get me wrong, I will continue to use it and love makeup. BUT as long as we care for our skin, we don't need it to look good. We can actually show people out bare face and they won't pass out, I promise.
Taking these pictures really freed me of my fear of no makeup, so much so
I am even showing you my teeth, which are a pretty big issue for me.
Rapid Tone Repair Night Moisturizer
Accelerated Retinol SA
Both products have been clinically proven to:
Reduce dark spots and discolorations ( a real problem for Latinas)
Brighten and even skin tone
Smooth fine lines and skin texture
Improve skin's radiance and radiance
Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair is a light silky moisturizer that absorbs quickly into skin. The SPF 30 will protect your skin, which is so incredibly important, not just during these harsh summer months but every day. This product will also help even out skin tone and help diminish those brown spots (I have one from when I was pregnant with Sammy). There is a misconception that women with darker skin tone don't suffer from uneven skin tone, but a recent study found that 49% of Hispanic women reported having it and that it represents their top skincare issue.
I have always said I am not big into skin care regimens that require many steps or a lot of money. But I still want a product that works and that I can apply super fast before starting my busy day. Neutrogena fits the bill (literally). It's funny that it's taken me 25 years to realize that I am beautiful without all that makeup on. If only I could go back to that 14 year old and share this with her...hmmm, I probably wouldn't have believed myself anyways. But this lady is now 39 and I am not just getting finer with age I am also getting smarter, and now I can go out and show my radiant skin off, with no makeup on to hide it.
Find out more about Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair products and also follow Neutrogena on Facebook for tips, news and fun skin care topics.
This is a compensated post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Neutrogena. However all opinions are 100% my own and I highly believe in celebrating my skin.