Kelly Lang, May 4, 2016
This is me .. first thing in the morning .. with no makeup – nada. That’s really how I like to roll ..and finally at 47 I can do it without feeling naked or super self conscious. I remember the first time I was forced to get comfortable with an undressed face – I was on my way to teach a class, and had remembered everything except my makeup bag (yup, I put my makeup on in the car). There was no time to stop at the store for a new mascara or lip stick since I was running late and I had to come to the painful conclusion that it was more important to be on time, than to look good. Truth is ..that was one of the best classes I ever taught. Not having any makeup forced me to remember that it wasn’t about ME, or my appearance, but that I was there to share something – a piece of knowledge or a piece of my story that might help someone else find their optimum health, or at least the first step toward it. I had to summon confidence that had nothing to do with how I looked (usually what I fell back on) and I had to believe that I truly had something worthwhile to share.
The funny thing is that the more I began to shift my priorities from “looking good” to “doing good” the more comfortable and confident I became in my own skin. I started to really feel good on the inside, and I think that actually took the place of all the makeup. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes like to “dress up” and put on a little makeup. Mind you, it is always the most naturally, toxin free formulation I can find, but it’s a great feeling to know that I can still feel good about myself without it. I love the Jane Iredale line of mineral makeup but you can check out others, some with even better ratings in the EWG Skin Deep database.
Today my “beauty” regimen has a lot more to do with what I eat, and how I nourish my skin as opposed to how I might cover or change it. As a pale, freckly red head, I am finally ok with showing my skin – as is – since that is the real me and that’s all I want to be.