my beauty routine usually takes me about 30 minutes.
for most of the women i know, that’s about half the time it takes them. it’s because i don’t use most of the products they use.
and the less i use the products, the more i realize, i probably never needed them in the first place.
why we use beauty products
now i’m not a crazy feminist (i’m a humanist… but that’s a topic for another time) but i also know the history of why we even have a beauty routine:
to compete with prostitutes for sex.
sounds pretty harsh but most makeup was created to make prostitutes look more… alive… and therefore more desirable.
think about it, we do what makes us look “pretty”. but what constitutes pretty? and pretty for whom? and where did your standards of pretty come from? did you choose them? if not, why continue to choose them?
our hair, our face, our scent, our painted nails, vagazzling… you name it, most of it came from the desire to be desired.
and because we’ve been told we’d be ugly without it. the beauty industry makes billions of dollars off of telling us we’d be more fuckable if we’d simply use their products.
what’s even crazier is that most men don’t even give a shit about how much makeup you wear or how you do your hair. so our impossible beauty standards aren’t their fault, they are our own fault because we have taught ourselves to compete with each other.
and don’t get me started on the current makeup trend that makes every girl who uses it look almost exactly the same… highlighting and contouring so that by the time they’re done with the war paint, they’ve completely changed their entire facial structure. ewww. RANT!
why i stopped using most beauty products
- i decided to be comfortable in my skin
- the more i read about them and what they contain, the less i wanted to use them
- i don’t like how they interact with my body
- i’m cheap
my current beauty routine is:
- in the shower: no body soap but sometimes a sugar scrub, conditioner only hair wash. shave.
- out of the shower: natural deodorant, cruelty-free hair mousse, blow dry, cruelty–free mascara, perfume… and sometimes i paint my nails.
how to simplify your beauty routine
- the number one most effective way to simplify your beauty routine is to decide that you’re beautiful without it – it can take some serious work but it’s the most attractive thing you can do! plus, you’ll like yourself a whole lot better. develop self-confidence and self-esteem and learn to be comfortable in your skin. then use beauty products to simply enhance the beauty you already have. it’s weird. when i’m feeling pretty, i usually wear less makeup, or none at all. because i’ve decided that i don’t give a shit if anybody else thinks i’m pretty. my opinion is the only one that matters.
- the second most effective way to simplify your beauty routine is to focus on the essential and get rid of everything else – i have blonde eyelashes, so i wear mascara. i also have dark circles under my eyes, so sometimes i wear concealer. that’s. it. if i’m going out, i wear eye-shadow. figure out the bare minimum you need/want and just use that. don’t try to camouflage and change your facial structure… love your natural face!
- go no-poo – there are lots of different ways to do this, just google it! i’ll write a post for you about how i do it.
- switch to natural deodorants & perfumes – aluminum in deodorants are directly linked to cancer. why continue to put that on yourself? BUT there’s a right and wrong way to go au natural… that’ll be a post as well! i also like to use essential oils as perfumes, since they don’t have that awful chemical smell that most perfumes have.
- minimize your closet – most people only wear 20% of what they own… why not have a closet full of ONLY your favorite things?! figure out your preferred style, then check out Project 333 for ideas on how to create capsule wardrobes.
- go cruelty free – you wouldn’t personally test on animals or put animal parts on your face or skin a rabbit and make it’s fur into shoes, would you? why buy products from people who do? zero logic. and if you love leather, there are plenty of vegan options or use recycled leather. never buy it new – it contributes to the animal cruelty problem.
the benefits of going au-natural
other than becoming more of a whole, complete, confident person, i’ve saved so much money because i don’t buy a bunch of stuff i don’t need. i’m also not slathering myself with stuff that may or may not be harmful to my body.
Do you have any natural/simple beauty recommendations?