Ever since I decided to only use natural products on my skin I have gotten so many girls come up to me and either say, but Tami you never had bad skin to begin with, to which I would respond and say that yes I did and that the only time they ever saw me was when I had makeup on. You see when you use makeup to cover up, soon you start to gain a false sense of confidence. I would never leave the house without makeup on even if it was to go to the shops for groceries. The only time I felt confident was when I had makeup on. I would watch youtube videos on how to do a natural makeup look so that it looks like I have perfect skin and so that people would have the elution that I just woke up like this you know?
Other ladies that Had read my last post ” LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO ” said they were inspired to try do the same, so for those of you who are going to try give your skin a fighting chance to age gracefully here is what I have learnt over the past few months.
1: You have to try and stop caring what people think.
The day I decided not to wear makeup to work was very hard for me. Sometimes people may not realise that what they say to a you really affects your confidence. I walked into work that day and someone asked if I was ok because I looked really tired and worn out. I laughed it off and said no, this is just what I look like without makeup. Inside however I felt crushed and thought to myself ok I am never coming to work without makeup again.
Through out that day I felt concious and ugly thinking to myself, Im actually only pretty when I cover up who I really am. So instead of feeling sorry for myself I challenged myself to stop wearing makeup to work and ultimately challenge myself to stop caring what others think of me. Now I am not saying that you shoukd all stop wearing makeup to work but what I am saying is what would you do if people saw you without makeup on? Would you care or not? If you would care then I challenge you to try ware less makeup so that you learn to be comfortable in your own skin.
2: Finding what works for you takes time.
everyones skin is different. I mentioned in the last post that I have been using coconut oil on my skin and that it has worked for me. This may not work for everyone and it might take trial and error to find what works best for you. This is not a race or a quick fix type of thing, this is a lifestyle change. Choosing to have healthy skin is choosing to live a healthy life style by what we and and drink as well as exerise. I will be the first to admit I do not have all those things in order yet, but I am starting somewhere and that is with using products that look after my body instead of cover up or make me look good for a short while but ultimately are bad for me.
You could try the same, take one step at a time.
3: Do your own research.
When I say that I am trying to make this change in my life, it isn’t like I got this idea fresh out of my head like some creative genius, No I researched things for myself and found that there are so many amazing people who have thought of the same thing as me and I have gained knowledge from them and what products to use. I encourage you to do that too. Research what the benifits are to using natural products, get your own revelation don’t just take my word for it. I am just here sharing with you what has worked for me in hopes that what you take away from this is that true confidence comes with being comfortable in your own skin. Researching and finding out stuff puts the power in your hands again.
( images by: Manesha Smit )
Below are products and people that I love and who have helped me in this journey of holistic living: