If you have a habit of browsing beauty blogs or occasionally nosing around the web for the tips and tricks, the you know it can get overwhelming fast. Everybody has a trend or product to offer up. Even being picky with which new things to try can quickly fill your bathroom. And for those of us with sensitive skin, most of those experiments go to waste after the first use sets you on fire. (Here’s looking at you Bert’s Bees lotion that burned my face!)
Here’s your permission slip to ignore the beauty blogs and do less.
It’s okay to go minimal. To choose the bits that matter the most for you and leave the rest. I appreciate that my generation has embraced minimalism, but there are still plenty of cultural pressures to look a certain way and cover your face or douse your hair in products to fit in. The problem I’m seeing with these platforms that offer (even natural) beauty products and advice is that most of it isn’t. There’s still products to buy, buy, buy and not everybody pushing natural is actually meeting an all-natural standard.
My personal preference is to dump makeup altogether and stick to a basic skin care routine: facial soap, essential oils, and a little shea butter if I’m particularly dry. I have a light weight moisturizer for my face that is beeswax, oil, and essential oils and a heavier duty moisturizer for my body with a shea butter and oil base. Super simple and mostly homemade.
“Natural” Skin Care
There’s plenty of good things to be said about natural skin care. We share plenty here on our own platform, so I’m a fan.
Here’s the thing about shopping natural, though. Even the “natural” brands of makeup and skin care often aren’t so clean, and whatever goes onto your skin does get absorbed. Whenever I’m browsing a beauty blog to see what’s happening out in the world, I can’t help but notice how much marketing goes into making a product with shea butter or essential oils look like it wasn’t mixed in a lab. I can also speak from personal experience that almost nothing claiming to be safe for sensitive skin is. Like I said, Bert’s Bees sells itself about as “natural” as they come, and yet the bottom line chemicals light my skin on fire.
Read the labels carefully to check the ingredients and be sure your recognize everything on the list before purchasing. A no-makeup no-makeup look might just be the best way to go, and as a culture, we can each do our part to normalize natural beauty.
Give Your Skin A Break
If that’s not enough, consider this. Our skin not designed to be caked in products all day, even “natural” makeups. It needs to breathe! The constant barrage of chemicals strips hair and skin so that you always need more to look and feel clean. That lotion you’re obsessed with might just be the reason your hands are dry in the first place. And your shampoo could be triggering your forever-greasy hair problems.
The constant micro-exposure to chemicals and toxins from your products on a consistent daily basis adds up over time to cause trouble for your health. In the short term, you can experience imbalances in the oils and bacteria on your skin and hair that contribute to acne, eczema, and damaged hair.
Break The Cycle
Wouldn’t it be a better world if we let our skin glow naturally by taking care of ourselves and easing up on the product use?
That’s what I propose! It’s time to break the cycle for our health. Save the glitter eyeshadow for very special occasions, and embrace natural beauty. It can take some time to rebalance your skin and hair after quitting your damaging products, but give it time. In the long run, you’ll be glad!
You might be surprised to find that with healthy nutrition, plenty of high quality sleep, and a pared down skin care routine, your skin will look more radiant and clear. Then, there isn’t such a need for all the products anyway. Let your skin be free, and it will thank you!