Today’s Freestyle Fridays post is by my new friend Zee of Making Happiness. Her blog is awesome; it’s very positive, uplifting and thought-provoking. Enjoy this post on learning to be true to yourself by shedding your makeup and living what makes you happy. Although, I can’t give up my Bare Minerals Well-Rested…no matter how much sleep I get. 😉 Thanks Zee!
Clean eating has gained a large following recently, as we have become more aware of what we are putting into our bodies, and begun to see repercussions (high intolerance and allergy rates, and strong links to ADHD, Depression, and other mental illnesses).
But what about the chemicals we put on our skin? According to Huffington Post, the average American woman puts between 12 and 20 chemicals on her skin every day. Eek! Think about it: soap, toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, moisturiser, foundation… and I’m just getting started. Now, I’ve never been one to wear a lot of make-up (daily makeup is mascara, a bit of mineral powder, and lip balm) but combined with my other skin care products, that’s enough chemicals to keep a mad scientist occupied for a while.
And for what? Why is it that we feel the need to contaminate our bodies for ‘magazine beauty’? After much deliberation, I came to the conclusion that if I keep my mind, body, and spirit healthy – I shouldn’t need make-up, right? Case in point: I use mascara and mineral powder to hide dark circles and open up my eyes – if I slept properly and managed my stress levels, I simply wouldn’t need to.
So I threw it all away.*
Which brings me to the subject of beauty. Take a moment now to think about what constitutes beauty in your eyes – even better, write it down.
How many of you had any reference to cosmetics in your list? And if you did, was it a minor or major element? My definitions mostly reflect someone who’s happy, and healthy, and confident in their own skin.
Now, I’m not saying cosmetics are all bad; many people are happy with their appearance but like the look of certain products, and it can certainly be a good confidence booster sometimes. What I am saying is to challenge yourself to realise your natural beauty without the need for make-up, and to use products that contain as many natural ingredients as possible.
In my experience, the most stunningly beautiful people are those who accept and embrace their imperfections, and have a zest for life whether they are 5 or 55.
“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Thank you, Zee! It was a pleasure working with you on guest posts for eachother’s blogs! 🙂 Please message me if you’d like to guest post on Freestyle Fridays, I’d love to have you.