Going Natural: 4 things that happened when I dropped ALL beauty products
The ‘natural movement’ is upon us which means swapping out the chemicals for the nature-made alternatives. That can be much easier said than done, so for the next 4 weeks, we will be giving you tips on what to avoid to maximize your healthy space and what to incorporate instead.
My make-up bag is pretty simple. I’ve never been one to experiment with colours, mattes, glosses, brushes etc. I have foundation (only as of recently), powder, mascara and blush. Outside of that I use a cleanser, a toner, moisturizer and a serum or two. I have always had very sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I don’t experiment much with different brands and have always tried to use products that are as natural as possible since they’re typically less irritating. Our skin is our largest organ and is an essential organ of elimination. This means we need our skin to be able to breathe in order to properly detoxify. So it is imperative that we are conscious of what we do - or don't - put on our skin. After all, what goes on us goes in us.
In the last 4 weeks, I’ve done something pretty radical. You ready?
I’ve shut it ALL down. No makeup (sometimes mascara), no cleanser, no moisturizers – NOTHING. There have been a few special occasions that I have been more dolled up for, but 90% of the time I haven’t. I just rinse my face with COLD water. In these 4 weeks, I’ve noticed a few things:
I have WAY more time in the morning and evenings since dropping my routines.
My skin has cleared more than it has with any product (and I’ve tried A LOT of products).
Improvement in self-confidence and ‘baring it all’ – my skin doesn’t define me.
I don’t over analyze every spot anymore (less time in front of a mirror).
I think the beauty industry is one we have to be extremely wary of. They advertise and market SO well that I found myself getting sucked back in at every commercial or poster promising THIS IS the ticket to flawless skin even after a few short days of starting the no-product-protest.
Every person is different, so this magic serum may work for one person, but not another
Your particular best interest is typically not in the mind of beauty companies
Healthy skin truly begins from the inside
Why do we NEED flawless skin?
Granted, this isn’t for everyone. But it’s been an interesting experiment that I am going to keep up with for as long as it serves me and it might inspire someone to give it a try, even just for a week. If you have acne-prone skin, this is entirely anxiety-provoking. But I figure it’s just my skin and it’s just a week, so why not?