It’s not that often that a hashtag on Twitter will catch my eye in a good way, other than when they are related to tv shows. Today I became rather intrigued, however, when I saw a bunch of naked faces appearing in my stream, next to the tag #BloggersWithoutMakeup. How marvelous, I thought, I can actually see what these people that I interact with through blogs and Twitter actually look like!
Provided with a link from the helpful Thea, I found myself reading a thought provoking post on a blog that was new to me Mummy Mayhem.
I’m not a person that is hugely into caring about whether the media portrays women as ‘real’ or not, I just kind of expect that we’ll always be given aesthetically pleasing people to look at on the screen and in magazines and I’m kind of ok with that. Those mediums depend on sales and the (sometimes harsh) truth is that people like to look at pretty people. Personally, I like to look at healthy people, neither the super skinny nor unnecessarily overweight appeal to me. Blogging, however, is a different world. I follow blogs because I like the people who write them, not a fabricated image of that person. Personal blogs that come across as too constructed don’t really interest me. I interact with a lot of people online and many of them are not even a face to me, just a username and a profile picture of a cartoon/landscape/pet/trampoline. It has never before occurred to me that I have images in my mind of people that are not images of people at all, how can I possibly know someone when their name comes attached to an image of an illustrated cupcake?
This is what I look like most of the time, except for the attempted smile, that was just showing off for the camera. I would have given you a real smile, except that my face won’t move like that right now, it seems to think it was jackhammered by the dentist yesterday and isn’t being at all nice to me today. Thankfully, drugs work on this pain to a much higher degree than a regular, burny CRPS flare.
I have always tried to keep my blog as glossless as possible. I am trying to share what it is like to live with a chronic illness and the truth is that things are not always pretty. I have posted plenty of pictures, even videos, of myself looking like utter crap because that is the truth of what is happening at the time. I decided quite some time ago that I wasn’t going to stress over my appearance for others anymore. I think that it’s one of those ‘growing up’ realisations that most people come to at some point in their life. These days, if I’m wearing makeup it’s because I want to, because I feel like dressing up and feeling different to normal, not because I’m worried of what others will think of me if I go out all naked in the face. The truth is, I mostly go out all naked in the face! Makeup is kind of like evening wear for me.
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the amount of chemicals that we put on our bodies every day without even stopping to consider how they could be affecting us. Soaps, moisturisers, makeup, perfume, and then we clean with chemicals, wear clothes washed with chemicals…the list goes on and on. Until I read this post by Jeanne on Chronic Healing, I had never really considered that the chemicals one person puts on their body might also affect those around them with sensitivities. Since this stuff has been bouncing around my brain, I have been attempting to cut out the amount of chemicals that I expose myself too. I figure, it’s bad enough that I need to take daily medication, I should try and limit other kinds of chemical exposure where I can, just because it really isn’t much more work than not limiting it! One thing that people often don’t realise is that, along with pain sensitivity, comes a whole bunch of other sensitivities. I am sensitive to just about everything, light, heat, emotions – both mine and other people’s, scent, air pressure changes…it’s another lengthy list and I’d rather not add to it by creating more sensitivities through exposure.
I have been switching my skin and haircare products for organic ones, lucky for me I have a friend who runs an amazing online store, Pukka Skincare, so I didn’t have to ponder over where to find products. Pukka stocks a bunch of organic and Australian made products and that is just what I was after. The makeup collection switch will be next. Being that I don’t wear it all that often, I plan to turf most of what I currently have and replace with better quality, less toxic and fewer products.
I think that having all this on my mind is what attracted me to joining the other #BloggersWithoutMakeup. Whilst I think that the promoting the concept of not being ashamed of one’s own appearance is worthy on its own, I also wanted to invite you to have a think about what I’ve been thinking about…can all these chemicals in modern day life be good for us? I mean, humans did manage to evolve all the way from apes without them. Whilst better quality, organic products might cost a little more, I think it’s worth it not to be covering myself with chemicals whose names I can’t even pronounce!
Love & Naked Faces,