What actually happens to your skin when you ditch makeup?

Why not start things off with a clean slate? Even the most strict skincare enthusiasts can benefit from the deep cleansing that a good facial provides. “Steam and extractions work together to open and clear clogged pores, helping to prevent future breakouts that can occur due to unmanaged buildup,” esthetician Ali Tobia tells RealSimple. To find a reputable facialist, research reviews of reputable clinics or spas in your area and schedule a consultation to find the most appropriate treatment for your skin type.

If you can’t make it to the salon or dermatologist’s office, try exfoliating and masking at home. While extractions and peels are best left to the professionals, you can always use an over-the-counter facial scrub, like Dr. Brandt’s Replenishing and Anti-Aging Facial Scrub. Dr. Brandt’s Exfoliator is clinically proven to soften and smooth the skin. And, according to Dr. Brandt, it could even “reproduce in-office microdermabrasion procedures.” Be sure not to combine exfoliators or peels with other active ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoids, as these can make your skin more susceptible to irritation. Those with sensitive complexions can use a gentle polishing tool, like Honest Beauty’s Konjac Soft Sponge, with their favorite cleanser. For an authentic at-home facial experience, you can also incorporate a soothing mask, like Mountain Rose Herb’s French Green Clay.

More importantly, you don’t want to change your skincare routine too much over the next few weeks. Stick to the basics, using a gentle cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer, so you can better gauge your skin’s reaction to wearing no makeup.