Here’s my all-natural, daily skincare and makeup routine… with minor commentary on internalized patriarchy and materialism.
Update: After uploading this to Facebook and Instagram, I noticed similar responses and comments. I’ll address below for those interested.
“I agree with some of this, but I still enjoy using and shopping for makeup.”
Women can certain enjoy makeup in a fun, self-celebratory way. However, only when women use it out of free will, and not fear of being inadequate (which is why I used to wear it, and why so many women use makeup), are we capable of that.
Even when women say, “I’m choosing to wear makeup because I like it,” there’s still often an unconscious, deeply-internalized fear that we need to wear it to be valuable.
“There’s nothing wrong with practicing self-care.”
Can women use products in a healthy and self-nurturing way? Absolutely. Do we also need to be conscious and curious about some of the fear-based, and industry-manipulated reasons why we use those products? Absolutely.
I also used to confuse self-care with skincare and makeup. But conflating the two is a trick of the beauty industry. Learn more in my video, Self-Care or Self-Sabotage?
“There’s nothing wrong with me wanting to look good at my age.”
Good compared to what? If we don’t compare our bodies/faces to an arbitrary, industry-controlled, youth-glorifying standard of beauty, then we always look good… we always look just like ourselves.
To understand why pursuing the appearance “anti-aging” is a form of body dysmorphia, see my video, Do You Have Age Dysmorphia?