For all the areas of my life I claim minimalism (or, at least, a graceful version of the sort), my beauty drawer cannot accurately be included. What began as a teenager’s dopp kit carrying little more than waterproof mascara and acne concealer has, over the years, morphed into a full-blown arsenal for any skin “need” whatsoever. Tired skin? Perky blush. Dry lips? Exfoliant, moisturizer, triple action balm. Sleepless night? Tinted moisturizer, brightening stick, highlighter.
And while I will forever love the experimentation and creativity of make-up, it’s undeniable that even the most natural of beauty brands contain ingredients my skin could do without.
Go product-free for three days.
Ditch the makeup for a bit. Replace your everyday beauty stockpile – cleansers, lotions, toners – with water and coconut oil while your skin begins to restore itself to its natural, lovely state. There are the obvious health benefits (all of which you can currently learn at Adina’s Alma Mater here!), but I’d be remiss to skip over the more underlying, deeply-rooted benefits; the vulnerability of such.
This girl went make-up free for 40 days to release a bit of self-perceived control. To lay down the suit of armor offered to strangers. To cozy up to the person she was, not the one she presented.
I imagine the benefits existed far beyond glowy skin and tighter pores. I imagine she learned quite a bit about herself, about her skin, about herself in her skin, about the many ways she can learn to love it all.
Here’s to the learning.
(And the loving.)
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