6 Reasons Why People Wear Makeup

6 Reasons Why People Wear Makeup

And no, pleasing others isn't one of them.

I am someone who wears makeup almost every day. In fact, I wear makeup so often that when I don't, people ask me if I'm sick or feeling okay. Many people wonder why I choose to wake up early to do it, or why I spend my money on it.

Makeup can be time-consuming and expensive if you want it to be, but I think it's worth it. It's my choice and mine alone to wear makeup every day, and here are some reasons why I (and countless others) do it.

1. Makeup is a form of artistic expression.

Putting on makeup is my daily chance to make a work of art. No matter how dramatic or simple a look is, creating it takes skill, precision, and imagination. There are so many colors, different types of products, and techniques that go into creating a look. Just like other forms of art, no piece is ever the same! Only this way, you get to wear the art yourself.

2. It's self-care.

I definitely consider myself a morning person, and doing my makeup has become part of my daily routine to prepare for what the day brings. When I don't put makeup on in the morning, my day feels a little different. Doing my makeup takes a lot of concentration, so it can take my mind off of some things I might be worrying about and reduce my anxiety. It helps me wake up and get ready to tackle the world with confidence.

At night, I always take off my makeup, apply moisturizers and other products to take care of my skin. It's important to me to do something every day to better myself, and spending time on my appearance is one of those things I do. Keeping my skin healthy is as important to me as keeping any other part of myself healthy. Spending this time on my skin doesn't just make me look good, but it makes me feel good.

3. It makes me feel more confident.

There are a lot of reasons that we may not feel 100% about ourselves all the time, even if those reasons are unfounded. Wearing makeup makes me feel a little less self-conscious about myself. Sometimes it's something small that only you notice, like that one pimple that you feel like everyone fixates on when they see you that you want to conceal.

For me, I never want to leave the house without filling in my eyebrows. There's no shame in wanting to change some things about your appearance. Just remember that its whats inside that truly matters, and your bare face is just as beautiful as your face when its all done up.

4. It makes me feel more powerful.

When my eyebrows look perfect, or I'm wearing my favorite shade of lipstick I feel a little more invincible. Knowing that I look good makes me feel good. Putting energy into something and having it come out great gives me a satisfaction that I carry with me the rest of the day.

Even if no one notices that my eyeliner is perfectly even and sharp, I know, and It's enough to give me a little boost in my step. Look out world! I know I look good today and nothing can stop me.

5. Makeup has a community built around it.

If you use any social media platform, you've probably seen content by a "beauty influencer." Beauty influencers get paid by companies to review and promote makeup products online to their followers. This notion has launched a giant community of both men and women who enjoy wearing and talking about makeup.

Beauty is just another means of finding new people online who have similar interests as you and friendships form easily. Plus, there's always plenty of drama when it comes to influencers and new product releases to talk about (I'm looking at you, Kylie Jenner). It's a great way to find people who are always there to appreciate your looks and support you, and share tips and tricks with.

6. Because it's fun.

At the very least, doing my makeup is fun. I don't do my makeup to impress anyone but myself. I only do it because it is something I like to do, not because I think I have to. I take pride in my appearance, but I know it is not what makes me who I am, or why people like me. Sometimes I'm the only one who sees a look that I've done, but that doesn't mean it was a waste of time or energy.

We need to stop shaming women from wearing makeup, or not wearing it! I do my makeup for myself, and myself only.

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What To Expect When You Get Your Faced Waxed, Including Pain

Things to know before you go.

Back in September, I waxed my face for the first time and I loved it. I've gotten my eyebrows and upper lip waxed countless times, but I was curious how waxing my whole face would feel and I decided to give it a try. I was a little hesitant at first because let's face it — waxing hurts, I don't care what anyone says.

But for me, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I'm a firm believer that a little bit of pain is worth the smooth skin you're left with.

If you're considering waxing your face for the first time, here's a few things to keep in mind.

1. Yes, it hurts.

Anyone who says waxing doesn't hurt (probably the same people who won't admit that getting a tattoo hurts) is lying. It's hot wax pulled off your skin with a cloth, it's going to hurt. That being said, it IS a very quick stinging sensation that doesn't linger.

If you have a low pain tolerance, I'd say skip waxing your face -- especially if you are doing the sideburns area. I was a little surprised at how much that area hurt for a few seconds but when you think how much thicker the hair is in that area, it makes sense.

2. It may irritate your skin.

Some redness is to be expected when you get your face waxed and (normally) isn't cause for concern. However, I've noticed that every time I've gotten it done (three times from September until now), I've gotten a few more zits than normal around my sideburns area. I'm not exactly sure why because I usually have pretty clear skin, save for the occasional blemish around that special time of the month.

My best guess is that when you get your face waxed, your pores are open and susceptible to a variety of things getting in there including makeup, oil, and just general pollutants in the air. If you're prone to breakouts, I would suggest you skip waxing your face or at the very least, ask your esthetician for some tips on how to minimize the less desirable effects.

3. Do your research beforehand.

And just reading this article doesn't count. Hot wax on your face is kind of a big deal and not something you want to take lightly. Research the kind of reactions you can have and MOST IMPORTANTLY, find a certified esthetician in your area and read the reviews people have left.

The first person I went to was just the first person I saw in my area and I was less than impressed. There were spots that she missed and she completely ignored my sideburns area which I specifically asked for. The second person I went to (who I still use now) is SO much better and I've been extremely pleased with the results.

Again, if you don't want any surprises, please do your research.

4. It could make pre-existing conditions worse.

When I went to get my face waxed for the first time, the esthetician warned me that pulling the skin with the wax/cloth could possibly cause wrinkles or make existing ones worse. I wasn't too concerned because I have pretty good skin but I have to say, it did make that little line between my eyebrows (that annoying one you get when you make a WTF? face) more noticeable. It's not bad to the point that I'm going to stop, but it's definitely there.

However, waxing has made my makeup go on so much smoother and creates a more blended look, so I'm willing to overlook that little wrinkle. If you're not, you might want to pass. Also, people who have rosacea, acne, or are prone to ingrown hairs might experience an increase in their symptoms if they wax and should probably consider other hair-removal options.

5. The hair re-growth time varies

I'd love to tell you that if you wax your face, you'll enjoy a hairless face for the next month or so. That's unfortunately not the case and the time it takes for your hair to start growing back in depends on a number of factors. If you're Italian and prone to being a little more hairy like me, expect it to grow back the next day. KIDDING! I would say I start to notice hair re-growth in about two weeks, which is average as most people notice it growing back in about two to eight weeks.

The good news is that your hair DOES NOT grow back thicker. It might seem like it because the ends are now blunt instead of tapering like they used to, but I've actually noticed the hair that's growing back in is finer and there's less of it overall. If you're looking for a more long-term solution for the hair on your face, you might want to consider laser hair removal.

Keeping these tips in mind should help alleviate some anxiety you may be feeling if you're considering waxing your face. However, if you're still nervous, try getting some recommendations from your friends who have done or speaking to a dermatologist first. I promise the baby smooth skin and perfect makeup application you'll get after waxing will make the whole process worthwhile!

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8 Fast, Face Mask Facts You Should Know Before Your Next Spa Night

Are they actually beneficial, or just a sham?

With face masks comes a feeling of luxury and relaxation, but do they actually do anything or are they just a sham? These are the facts about how your skin handles what you think is a dual purpose to unwind and get that healthy glow.

1. Our skin does absorb ingredients to a degree

There are so many different types of face masks out there, and you have to wonder whether your skin actually absorbs those nutrients. From papayas to goat’s milk, do you just smear it onto your face and then wash it off, or is there more to it? The answer: it depends.

While this isn’t the most satisfying of answers, the answer can’t be simplified to a definitive yes or no. According to Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC dermatologist and creator or BeautyRx, “the most important principle is that a mask is just another ‘vehicle,’ like a lotion, serum, cream, ointment, that delivers ‘actives’ to the skin to improve the quality of the skin.” The ingredients that are absorbed into lotions and serums can be absorbed in masks with the help of a solvent: glycol. Glycol acts as a delivery agent and solvent, and allows your skin to absorb more of the other ingredients.

It’s also important to note that usually only the active, or “main” ingredients get absorbed. If your mask promises to use something like a blend of fruits or exotic oils, it’s probably just for a wow factor to prompt you to buy it.

Your skin absorbs mask ingredients, but in reality, only a small portion of active ingredients actually absorb into the skin. The epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, does a great job protecting us from the environment. This is also why it’s hard to get products to penetrate easily into the deeper layers. The bottom line is to be realistic with what you expect. Assume that only the top main ingredients will penetrate into your skin while the rest might just be extra in a novelty kind of way.

2. Know what your skin needs

There are three important ingredients that you should look out for and make apart of your regular skincare routine. The first one is chemical exfoliants to remove excess dulling, clogging, and discoloring dead cells that make the skin look tired and older and prevent other skincare products from doing what they’re supposed to do.

The second is topical antioxidants (like Vitamin C), which help protect the skin from premature aging and free radical damage (i.e. pollutants).

The third is peptides, which help make more collagen and hyaluronic acid to even the skin tone. These ingredients don’t necessarily all have to be in one mask but can be spread out into a variety of products within your daily skincare routine.

3. Not everything about your mask is necessary

The appealing list of ingredients on the back of a mask’s packaging may convince you to buy the product, but these ingredients are often gimmicky and not aren’t considered necessary nutrients your skin needs. While mud masks, clay masks, cream masks, or sheet masks don’t necessarily provide long-lasting benefits to the skin, they can be hydrating, soothing, and provide some exfoliating effect to the skin.

There are a lot of masks that try to sell formulas that don’t really work any differently than a simpler clay or hydrating mask. Some masks are simply forms of entertainment, like the new ‘bubble mask,’ a clay mask that produces a foam on the face. These gimmicky masks might work like traditional masks, but their promises of revolutionary, game-changing, and better than simpler measures aren’t true. They’re simply fun to play with since they’re different.

4. Mud is worth it

Mud masks really do heal the skin. Mud is a skin-healing agent and is water-based, so the product in the mask form is more hydrating than drying; it’s good for most skin types and is not as drying as a clay mask. The minerals in the mud also act as good exfoliators.

5. Clay is a yes

If you have breakout-prone skin, clay masks are good for you. They’re great for acne prone oily skin as the clay draws out the impurities from deep within the pores. It will speed up the process of healing active breakouts, but note that this happens over time. Clay masks also absorb excess oils, reduce surface shine, and help reduce clogged pores. Important ingredients include kaolin and/or bentonite as superior ingredients.

6. Cream masks for dry skin

Cream masks are particularly great for dry skin during the winter months. They also plump your skin. It does this by adding moisture and hydrating the skin when it’s dry. Be aware, however, of the claims that cream masks make you look younger and get rid of wrinkles because this isn’t the truth. While these masks are great for dry skin, a lot of these masks are just for fun; it really depends on the kind of mask. Some papaya and oat masks are great for hydrating, but others are gimmicky, with their ‘fruit’ masks and peels.

7. The mystery of sheet masks

With the rise of Korean beauty products, there is an increasing number of sheet masks out there. It’s important to be realistic about what they can and cannot do. Doctors suggest that it’s a good idea to use these masks before bed to absorb possible nutrients. The main function of these masks is to hydrate and calm the skin, so if you’re looking to soothe and plump your skin, these are a good option.

8. Is charcoal legit?

Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder used to treat certain poisonings and overdoses by the mechanism of absorption, in which the toxic substance attaches to the surface of the charcoal and is then eliminated by the digestive tract.

The charcoal literally cleans the skin and sticks to the unwanted toxins, impurities, and dirt that may reside on your skin’s surface, or within your pores. With that said, there’s limited scientific proof that these masks actually benefit. Charcoal doesn’t have any scientific legitimacy to have cleansing properties, but they’re good in theory and don’t have any negative impacts associated with them.

There you have it, folks! Now you know the basics about choosing face masks and whether certain ingredients in masks actually work. The most important thing about choosing the right face mask is to know your skin; know whether it’s dry, oily, combination, sensitive, breakout-prone, etc. This will make it a whole lot easier for you to pick out the best mask for you.

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