My Goal to be Makeup-Free

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Ok so maybe not makeup-free, but definitely concealer-free.

I’ve always had sensitive skin. I had my first pimple in 5th grade — that’s what? 9 or 10 years old? Sheesh. Actually, I take that back; I even had infant’s acne when I was a baby. But I’ll stick with the year(s) I actually remember. So yeah — I’m almost 30 years old, and have had an on-going struggle with acne for 20 years.

I was lucky enough to have parents that cared about my confidence and well-being enough that my mom took me to see a doctor…and then a dermatologist…sometime in my middle school years. I was put on 2 topical medications and an antibiotic. My skin cleared up drastically (albeit not perfect, but definitely a huge improvement). I wasn’t “allowed” to wear makeup until 8th or 9th grade either…so having this medication was a Godsend.

However, when I finally did start wearing makeup, I didn’t wear very much. I remember having a few friends that started wearing it earlier than I, and I just felt they looked like clowns — just so. much. makeup. What were they trying to hide, anyway? Their skin was flawless! My makeup consisted of mascara, eye shadow, and concealer.

You may have noticed that I didn’t list “foundation” of any kind in my makeup bag. As you may have also realized/observed, I’m a redhead. Therefore, I have freckles. Everywhere. My mom never wore foundation (she might now, but growing up I don’t recall ever watching her put on foundation) so that’s probably the biggest reason I never wore it either. I also thought “why would I plug my pores with this liquid makeup if I’m prone to breaking out?” I’ve only ever known my face to have freckles, so I also thought it weird to wear a form of paint to cover them up. I just wouldn’t feel like myself. So it’s just been me and my concealer wand since I was a teenager — having to cover up acne from time to time. That doesn’t mean my face looked fresh and flawless without it — it definitely didn’t look as smooth and pore-free as the other girls’, but I was (and still am) fine with that.

I’ve been off of the acne prescriptions for about 8 years now, and my acne/face has been decent enough to where drugstore stuff has done a decent enough job. But maybe a year or two after going off the antibiotic, I got married and on birth control. This also helped with the acne tremendously. And then adding Shakeology to my diet 2 years ago was another huge plus (as promised and adverised). It wasn’t until about 6 months ago, when I decided I was going to get off of birth control specifically for my health [drugs of any form/dosage (ie. over-the-counter, prescription, “recreational”, etc.) are extremely toxic to our bodies — and wreak havoc on them — especially for extended periods of time]. I wanted to be free of drugs, so that meant no birth control pills. Since then, my face/acne has been total chaos. Lots and lots of acne, oil, enlarged pores, etc. So much so that I didn’t like leaving the house because I was so embarrassed that at my age, I still had acne this bad. I didn’t understand it. I eat sooooo well/clean. It just wasn’t making sense, so I chalked it up to the abrupt ending of my daily birth control pill. My hormones are all out of whack, and it’s showing up on my face like a teenage girl with a chocolate addiction.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. And, generally speaking, if you’re skin is in turmoil, it’s a reflection of what’s going on inside your body. Because I eat so cleanly, and am in a constant stage of Beauty Detox, I know it has to be the hormones and/or a sensitivity to a certain food I’ve been eating. Eating a vegan diet — heavy on plant-food — will definitely get you to healthy, glowing skin. You just have to figure out what works for you. One thing I’ve already come to find for me personally: my homemade raw almond milk wasn’t doing me any favors — so I must have some sort of sensitivity to it…since switching to homemade oat milk, my complexion has cleared up tremendously.

After much trial and error, I think I’ve finally found a combination of things that have helped keep my acne at bay. Which leads me to wanting to strive for a perfect complexion. We all want it, and I know a small percentage of it is genes, but I also plan to educate myself on what foods work best at bringing that glow to our faces – SANS makeup. My plan is to go back to the days of just eye makeup (I mean, I am a redhead — homegirl needs mascara)…but not having to rely on any medication to make that happen. I encourage you to do the same!! Don’t you just want a glow about you? Here’s a great article to get you started. I’ve already pre-ordered Kimberly Snyder’s next book, and cannot wait to learn more! (if you haven’t read/heard of her first book, I encourage you to get your hands on that one as well!)

To be continued…

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