I’ve never really been one to wear a lot of makeup. Coverup and mascara. boom, out the door. Maybe some eyeliner or eyeshadow if I’m feeling sassy. But never a full face (except for my wedding of course.)
I just never really wanted to have that plastered geisha look. I didn’t want to look like I tried too hard, and I didn’t want people to think I was pretty only when I was disguised in makeup. Covering up a pimple and dark circles made me more confident, but I know if I began to rely on some beauty makeup mask everyday that it would only worsen my self esteem.
I have almost always been interested in skin care though. Battling puberty, finding salvation in ProActiv for years… and then having it turn on me when I needed it the most… a girl needed to do something. I’ve never had perfect skin, maybe a glimpse of it while I was using ProActiv, but after it stopped working I was shifted back in time to my depressed, crying-in-bed 13 year old skin self. I have tried pretty much everything besides medication. Elimination diets, research up the wazoo, various skin care products including pretty expensive ones, vitamins, detoxing, the works. Being raised in a healthy home, I have always eaten well so that wasn’t an issue. I didn’t exercise a ton, but I did exercise enough to stay fit so that wasn’t an issue either. I’m also very good at keeping up with facial hygiene, so check that off of the list as well. SO WHAT ELSE IS A GIRL TO DO?
bring it on back to the naturals, baby. the good ol’ DIY’s.
After learning more about what crap companies put in our makeup and skin care, I was ready to make the switch (slowly of course.)
I am still making the switch, and my skin is beyond perfect. I have my good days but then suddenly out of the blue my skin decides it’s tired of my confidence and turns it back 180 degrees. (like right now as I’m writing this post)
But I do feel a lot better about what I’m putting on my face. Because you know a huge percentage of what you put onto your skin is absorbed and pumped into your bloodstream. yucky.
If you want to see how “clean” or “dirty” your products out, I highly recommend looking it up on EWG’s Skin Deep website. It’s pretty crazy the toxic chemicals America allows it’s people to slather onto their face and body. I could go on about how the modern skin care companies are a scam and the things they say and sell really aren’t helping anything in the long run, and how many ingredients other countries have banned and we’ve banned hardly any. But thats a really long discussion. So maybe another time.
You are beautiful. even on bad days. You were created with love and what can be more beautiful than that.