OUR SKIN IS OUR LARGEST ORGAN
Our skin lives and breathes, it has tiny pores which absorb EVERYTHING that we put on it. So if you would not eat a product, there makes no sense to lather it on and 'feed it' to your skin.
Finding our own healthy balance of what is toxic for us and what bring us joy is part of the art of living – I enjoyed a long period of wearing no make-up in my late 20s, in doing so it altered my perception of what I consider beautiful, I started to appreciate fresh, make-up free faces as beautiful, I saw the confidence of women without make-up shine through, and their effortless style inspired me.
Over the past year I started enjoying wearing some light make-up again, on special occasions mainly in the evening. I feel satisfied with this balance, I feel beautiful with and without make-up, and choose to wear it not because I feel I have to, but because I enjoy the routine of lightly dolling myself up on certain special occasions – it would become a chore if I had to wear make-up every day. I see women who have layers and layers of make-up on as insecure, hiding themselves and wanting to be someone else, I make myself not judge them because the judgement serves neither them or I and I have no idea if my view aligns with their truth, it is only the truth that relates to my own contemplation around make-up and women. In order to not judge, I firstly acknowledge that I see a lot of make-up layered on, and make sure I see their beauty regardless of that and then stop my thoughts, no stories, no judgement, just gratitude for my own peace and happy balance of skincare and make-up. We are all different, and all have different values, so each to their own.
What are your beauty ideals, are they your own or have you picked them up through mass-media? Have you explored different ways of showing yourself to the world i.e make-up free, a little bit of make-up, full face of make-up? How do all of those presentations make you feel? Most importantly, can you see all of your features as unique and beautiful in their own right, without needing any 'covering up' with make-up? How does your skin feel, do you give it time to breathe?