As many of you know, I am just coming off of a month-long psychology experiment/project. If you are unfamiliar with this, please take a moment to catch up by following this link. 🙂 Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
This post will be a recap of my project, as I had promised. Before we begin, I would like to say thank you to the many people who encouraged me throughout this experience. You made this project doable. Many times I wanted to quit, and it seemed on those days one of you would give me positive feedback that would help me stay on track. You guys rock!
This past month has definitely been a challenge; I went from wearing makeup every single day, to quitting cold turkey (That’s a weird phrase, by the way). At first I absolutely hated it! Seeing my unaltered face every day actually sickened me a little bit. That being said, it also made me sad because I didn’t appreciate the way God had made me, and I really wanted to.
The purpose of this experiment was to change the way I thought or felt about something; to better myself in some way. Let me tell you what, it served it’s purpose. Not only did it change the way I think and feel, it also changed the physical appearance of my skin. (We’ll get into that a little further on.) I can honestly say that this project has made me see myself in a whole new way. I enjoy the way I look without makeup on, and I feel comfortable in my own skin. I’m no longer concerned about what people think of me, or what their reactions will be when they see me without makeup. That’s a really cool feeling! I do admit that it took about two weeks for me to get used to myself. After the half way point, it was just normal for me and I didn’t even worry about it.
Emotionally, I feel relieved and very happy with the outcome. Throughout the experiment I did some deep searching within myself to try and figure where all of these insecurities were coming from, and how I could uproot them and kill them off. The root issue I landed on was that I was believing that I wasn’t good enough, mostly due to some painful experiences in my past. That lie was causing me to feel like I needed to hide myself. I am so thankful that through the grace of God I was able to break out of that state of mind. Going into this project, I really didn’t expect to uncover such a deep set issue. It truly is a blessing to have that burden lifted, and an even bigger blessing to have strengthened my relationship with Jesus. He is so SO good y’all.
Physically, I had no idea that makeup was that harmful to your skin! Chemicals and other things we put on our skin are actually absorbed right into our bloodstream. This process only takes about 26 seconds. On average, one woman will absorb 5 POUNDS of chemicals through her skin each year. These chemicals include, but are not limited to, carbon black (eyeliner color), lead (lipstick), mercury (lipstick/eye shadow), arsenic (eye shadow/blush), mica (mineral used as a filler in asphalt and insulation, also used in bronzer and powder foundation), and titanium dioxide (liquid foundation). Thats a good list of scary words. These chemicals have been directly linked to many serious illnesses, such as cancer, thyroid issues, nerve damage, organ failure, hormone imbalance, infertility and so many more. Some more common side affects of makeup are dizziness, headaches, nausea, exhaustion, and of course, acne. Guys, or Girls rather, that’s some scary stuff! The makeup you put on your skin is damaging your body! After researching these chemicals and the symptoms, I can honestly say it does make sense. Being makeup free for one month genuinely made me feel better and healthier. I didn’t get headaches, I didn’t feel sick randomly, I was sleeping a lot better (I have insomnia, so that’s saying something), and my face cleared up from any acne I had previously. If you wear makeup often, take a look what’s in it! Theres actually a website that lists all cosmetics, their ingredients, and if they’re generally safe to use. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be doing more in depth research for my class report. If you would like to know more about what I find, let me know.
All in all, this project was really hard; however, it was needed and it was successful. I would highly recommend anyone to go makeup free for a while. It will change the way you feel about yourself, and your health! You may even learn something about yourself that you didn’t realize was there! I’m very glad I subjected myself to this project, it truly was life changing. I hope that recapped it all fairly well. As always, I welcome any feedback, or questions anyone has. The research aspect of the project is not over, so feel free to add any comments you have! I appreciate all the help and support I have received from my community, once again, thank you very much!
“I sought The Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and became radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” – Psalms 34:5