I stopped wearing makeup two years ago. I didn't do it to make a statement or for any other reason in particular. I just felt like I didn't need it any longer. I didn't want to look prettier than I am by wearing glossy eyeshadows or hiding my flaws beneath a thick layer of creams and foundation.
Going natural, on the other hand, made me feel sexier and more confident
I mean no disrespect to any of you girls who enjoy wearing makeup. However, here are six reasons why you should avoid wearing make-up for at least a week.
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1. Your skin will be grateful
Even if you aren't aware of it, the majority of the makeup you use is toxic. Cosmetics are not subjected to the same scrutiny as food or medicine before being released to the public. It is entirely the responsibility of the manufacturer to determine whether or not a product is safe to use.
Unfortunately, many of them contain hazardous substances that are quickly absorbed by your skin. Popular cosmetics ingredients like sodium benzoate, propylene glycol, and a variety of other acids (not to mention parabens and carcinogens) cause allergic reactions in the majority of skin types.
Second, if you want perfect blemish-free and glowing skin, covering it up with tons of foundation will not help you. If you wear makeup all day, some of it will inevitably seep into your skin pores, causing them to swell and resulting in acne and blemishes.
2. You will have more time on your hands
Women in the United States, on average, use 17 beauty products before leaving the house and spend about an hour putting their looks together. According to another study, women around the world waste 474 days of their lives applying makeup.
Consider how many amazing things you could do instead, such as learning a new language, having more incredible travel experiences, or mastering photography.
Once I stopped wearing makeup, I had an extra hour in the morning that I could either use to sleep (which is delightful) or to do something productive like work on my blog or learn French.
Is there something you've always wanted to try but never had the time? So, instead of putting on makeup in the morning, why not do it?
3. You will come to appreciate your flaws
Learning to love yourself and accept your flaws is one of the most difficult challenges anyone faces. When you go makeup-free for the first time, you will feel exposed. You are no longer hidden behind a fancy facade, with all the pimples, freckles, and other minor flaws you can't stand concealed beneath a thick layer of powder. Do you want to know a little something? Except for you, no one notices your minuscule flaws! You should stop thinking of them as “flaws” and start thinking of them as your “specialty.”
4. You will be happier with yourself
“Makeup makes me feel more beautiful,” one of my girlfriends frequently tells me. The reality is that it shouldn't!
Last year, Marc Jacobs models walked the runway without makeup; Cate Blanchett, Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Jessica Simpson, and even Brad Pitt have appeared on top magazine covers without makeup or Photoshop retouching.
You should not allow anyone to judge you solely based on how you look (and avoid those who do! ), nor should you allow someone to bring you down simply because they have a different opinion about how people should be presented.
Giving up makeup is just another small step toward finding inner peace with your body and soul.
5. You will begin to feel more confident
Unfortunately, mascara and eye shadow will not help you boost your self-esteem and confidence. Instead of covering up, you should focus on loving and accepting your natural appearance. When you learn to accept yourself exactly as you are, your confidence will skyrocket.
I used to believe that if I stopped wearing makeup, the opposite sex would find me less attractive and dateable. In reality, I met my significant other while backpacking through Indonesia's humid jungles.
He thought I was stunning from the moment he saw me sweating and red-cheeked as I hiked up the volcano. Every day since then, he has told me that I am beautiful.
By abandoning the belief that your self-confidence is dependent on your makeup, you will begin to build it on the right principles: respect for oneself, a positive attitude, and competence
6. You will begin to appreciate life on a deeper level
Accepting your natural appearance is the foundation of life-based on simplicity and harmony with yourself.
It's exhausting to chase trends and fight to conform to social norms and beauty standards. So is spending a lot of money on beauty products in the hopes that they will make you feel “prettier” and thus “better,” but instead leave you feeling devastated.
Remember that your appearance does not define who you are. You're better than this, and you're stunning just the way you are!
Going makeup-free takes guts, but it's a rewarding experience.
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