I used to wear full makeup to school, work, and to meet friends and now I don’t wear any makeup and I practice Extreme Minimalism, sustainability and natural living. Hello friends, this is Youheum. I’ve been practicing Minimalism for 5 years. I gradually wore less and less makeup and now I ended up not wearing any makeup at all. I also don’t wear contact lenses, shave, or groom my body hair and I don’t use chemical skin and hair care products. I will share the reason why I don’t wear makeup and also some natural and holistic ways I care for my body and skin. Also before I go in-depth, I want to extend my gratitude for all my Patreon supporters, sponsors, and my community. I was able to get a new microphone for better experience and connection. So thank you for your generosity! I value natural and sustainable living so I’m currently focusing on Chemical-free living a plant-based lifestyle. And also reducing waste to reach my Zero-waste goal as much as possible and appreciating my natural self. Some benefits that I have experienced from not wearing makeup is being able to spend more time on nourishing activities and other ways of self-care. I no longer feel rushed to get my makeup and hair done 30 minutes or even an hour before heading out. I love how I can save money and be able to use that money on experiences more than accumulation. I also appreciate not producing packaging waste from the container and boxes that come with the product. Most conventional beauty products are single-use and they’re made of plastic packaging. So although I am not 100% Plastic-free or Zero-waste, I try my best to align with my intention of spreading compassion to this Earth. Another benefit that I enjoy is being able to avoid toxic ingredients and irritants like artificial fragrance, alcohol, artificial color, petroleum, and preservatives from leeching into my skin and into my internal system. I also appreciate how I’m not contributing to animal testing and staying true to my practice of Veganism. The biggest reason why I don’t follow the beauty norm like shaving, wearing contacts, wearing makeup which I did all in the past, is because I value my natural self. I’ve always been attracted to the natural world. I enjoy forest bathing, hiking, climbing trees, and being connected with my wild self. I also love inviting elements of nature to my modern life by having plants around, wearing natural fibers like linen and living slow. I have lost this part of my natural self many years ago when I believed that I must be presentable for others to accept who I am. I focused too much on creating the ideal me, instead of accepting my imperfection. Makeup is a powerful tool and I’m sure it allows people to find confidence and joy in the practice. Especially creative souls like artists using this medium for their profession. But after many years I realized that it simply is not compatible with me. My skin is not perfect and I do still have some bumps and eczema on my skin, but it’s slowly fading away. I focus on eating nourishing food to care for my mind, body, and spirit instead of using temporary remedies like ointments and harsh skincare treatments. Because this only treats what is at the surface level and not the root cause of the problem. I believe in the healing power of food and by eating a plant-based raw diet, I have seen major positive changes in my rosacea, eczema, and dark circles. Something that I enjoy doing is drinking celery juice and it has beneficial in detoxing my body and skin. I am aware that Raw Veganism is not for everybody and I’m simply here to share my story with you. In no way do I believe that my way is the best way and I’m happy to do what I love in my own unfolding and expression without resisting the lifestyle choices of others. I also feel that emotions have a lot to do with the skin. Some of you might already be aware of this if you read Louise Hay’s work on healing the body through emotional and spiritual awareness. So I try to manage my stress and adrenal fatigue with hot baths, massages, yoga, meditation, and slow days. Also, be sure to share with me what you love about yourself. What is one feature you love? Maybe on your skin, hair or body. Share with me in the comments below. Some options that I considered before going completely no-makeup is plant-based and all natural makeup brands. I support small businesses making Plastic-free and biodegradable products or just companies that put an effort into reaching a sustainable goal. I also see many Zero-waste bloggers offer DIY homemade makeup like charcoal. mascara, plant-based pigment eyeshadows, and tinted lip balms. So there are definitely ways to be Eco-friendly and still wear makeup if that’s what you want to do. I used to use these organic tinted lip balm and mineral eye shadows. I use this calendula salve for body and skin moisturizing. It’s very gentle and not too oily for my skin type. I also have this homemade sunscreen made of carrot oil, a few drops of essential oil, and other natural ingredients. I wash my face, body, and hair with a single bar of soap. It’s handmade locally in Austin and made of olive oil base. I also have a chlorine filter on my shower head to remove most of the harsh chemicals from leaching into my skin and causing irritation. My hairbrush is Plastic-free. This one is made of bamboo and it doesn’t have a strong plastic smell to it, which I enjoy. I hope that you find or have found the courage to love your authentic self as well. I also want to remind you that I’m not the only woman who intentionally chooses to not shave or not to wear makeup or not to follow the beauty norm. So I give a shout out with deep appreciation to Brittany Taylor, WearILive and The Fairly Local Vegan. They have beautiful lives, beautiful relationships, and an authentic lifestyle. I thank them for the courage to share with us. So feel free to visit them as well. And if you enjoyed this video please like and subscribe to my channel. Thanks again my friends for being here with me and I hope to see you again soon.
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