How big a role does makeup play in your life? Do you feel incomplete without it? Is it the key to self-confidence?
By: Mallory Diekmann
I recently came across a photo of myself when I was a freshman in high school. With braces, no eyebrows, harsh black eyeliner surrounding my entire eye, and an excessive amount of hair gel running through my ringlets, I couldn’t help but laugh! Not because of how young I was, but because I remembered how grown-up I thought I looked.
Some women I know believe beauty is correlated to the amount of makeup on their faces- maybe it’s the media. I know that in my life, I couldn’t help but feel lesser than girls around me, because I felt like I had to fill my eyebrows in, curl my lashes, and even plump my lips.
Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I never started wearing makeup. Would I feel more confident? More like myself? Equal to those around me? After all, there wouldn’t be anything to compare my natural face to- it is all I would have known.
The truth is, I can’t go back. There is no use wondering, because it won’t change anything.
The only way we can change our perception of ourselves, with and without makeup, is to stand against it.
I stand against it: free your face, even if it is only one day a week, and see what happens. Feel what happens.
All Built Up
Makeup naturally builds up in pores, clogging them with oil and making them look larger. For this reason, dermatologists recommend going makeup-free two days a week.
Makeup builds up unrealistic personal expectations of beauty, clogging our opinions and making us turn to our looks for confidence.
While Instagram hashtags have amazing intentions, it may be difficult to participate in challenges like No-Makeup Mondays because some of us are expected to maintain a particular appearance for work.
So I propose a new campaign: Simple Saturday. What better day to start loving yourself? On weekends, wear no makeup and let your skin rest.
Check out the ghassoul mask Kimberly loves to use to deep-cleanse and detox her skin.
Create a New Morning Routine:
1. Drink a glass of water
Water is the best way to start every day. One glass of water rehydrates your body from a night of sleeping, sets your metabolism for the day, and helps your face and body wake up. It is important to keep hydrated all day. Women are recommended to consume nine glasses of water every day.
Drink up; try these 6 fruit-infused detox water recipes!
2. Wash your face
Experts often disagree on this. Women with naturally oily skin should wash their faces in the morning to reduce the oil the built up overnight. If you are worried about drying your skin out, simply splash some cool water on your face and make sure you moisturize. Every skin type is different, but this step reinvigorates and helps energize.
Do you have sensitive skin? Check out this perfect ritual made just for your skin type.
3. Look at yourself in the mirror and say one thing you love about yourself.
This can be an external or internal quality, but it has to be genuine. Every week, pick a different thing to notice, but be careful not to forget what you loved the week before. It is also necessary to say it aloud. It will probably feel a little weird for the first few days, but verbally saying what you love about yourself makes a huge difference.
4. Take on 2017 with natural confidence.
Complete these first three steps every morning, and then decide whether or not your day will include make-up. The amount of confidence we can naturally exude when we love what we see in the mirror is amazing.
How do you feel when you skip wearing makeup? Share with us in the comments!
For the days you choose to go natural, try these amazing no make-up regimens:
Mash an avocado or banana and place it in the fridge, covered for 30 minutes. While the fruit is chilling, wash your face with warm water. Remove the mask from the fridge, apply all over your face, let set for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Avocado is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that can penetrate the inner layers of your skin, healing it from the inside out. Bananas are rich in vitamins, which helps them soften and hydrate your skin, prevent age spots, prevent fine lines, and even apply the peel directly on pimples to combat acne.
Wash your face with warm water. Spread 3 tablespoons of maple syrup on your face and allow it to set for 15-20 minutes and wash off with warm water. Maple Syrup is an antibacterial agent that can reduce blemishes, inflammation, dryness and redness.
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