Now Might be Your Time to Ditch Make-up
By: Lucia Elmi
Makeup is expensive. It takes time and a substantial amount of effort to master, a luxury not everyone has.
However, makeup also has the power to voice feminine empowerment and artistic expression, but it can also hinder self-love and become a crutch for low self-esteem.
If you are one of those people who struggle with any of these obstacles, maybe it’s time to consider if ditching make-up is the right way to go.
One thing is certain: makeup is most definitely an expensive investment. In a time where multibillion-dollar makeup companies are booming, cheap drugstore makeup just doesn’t cut it anymore.
If you want quality, you’ll have to buy that $50 concealer bottle from Sephora if you want a cake-free make-up finish. This can take a lot out of a college student’s pocket.
Between tuition and paying rent, sometimes pennies are what’s needed to make ends meet.
If you’re looking to save money, perhaps having a good look at how much monthly makeup expenses can add up might really make you reconsider where you invest your money.
Just think of it this way: if you don’t buy that $50 bottle of concealer maybe you can finally save up for that taillight you’ve been meaning to fix. Securing your safety is more important than material things you can live without.
Insecurity is all too common in our world today. The bombardment of sex-appeal driven advertisement and the high-standards of social media have unsurprisingly been the leading cause for low-self image in young women.
That’s not to say make-up has such an effect on all woman, as it can actually create a positive view on self-image, but it all depends on the individual who wields it.
Ironically, a main motive for why women use make-up is to cover up those pesky blackheads and conceal acne.
However, it can actually have quite the opposite effect and clog up pores, which only continues the cycle of stubborn acne. Without make-up, you might have to expose those acne bumps to the world but at least you won’t be contributing to causing more to sprout on your face.
Through such vulnerability, we learn to grow and to accept who we are as human beings. Empowerment comes when you finally realize the opinions of others don’t matter and there is beauty in your imperfections.
The imperfections on our skin, whether it be acne or scars, tell a story, and one that is unique to you. That is true power.
With an increase in demand for make-up, so does the need for testing such products on animals. For the sake of beauty comes the sacrifice of disfiguring and causing pain to animals. It just isn’t a fair game. Every living creature deserves fair treatment.
Fortunately, young people are becoming more mindful on how their product consumption takes a toll on the environment and fair human rights practices.
Another thing to consider is the safety of the makeup you are applying to your face. If it was created with automatic intentions for it to be safe for humans, then why test it on animals? It truly makes you wonder just how many corrosive chemicals are applied on your face and are being absorbed by your skin without you even knowing.
Giving up make-up is just another way to contribute to making the world a safer and healthier place. Small actions like these pave the way for a better future.
The benefits of giving up make-up are plenty, and there are many more reasons than just the ones mentioned here.
In the end, makeup is a luxury many of us can do without in order to better ourselves and the world around us. You’d be surprised how easily you could live without it, but you won’t know unless you give it a try.