How many times a day do you look in the mirror? Hint — It’s probably more than you think! From washing our faces in the bathroom + doing our makeup in the morning, to catching quick glances at our reflections in windows as we walk to class, or opening up the front-cam on our phones to use the adorbs Snapchat puppy filter, we’re constantly aware of the way that we look. We try to tell ourselves + others that looks don’t matter, but we’d probably also admit that we don’t always feel our best when leaving the house fresh-faced, or that we’re sometimes self-conscious about the way we present ourselves to the world. While it’s normal for us to want to look good [ + a bold red lip might totally be the confidence boost that we need some days], it’s also important to make sure that we create these beauty routines for ourselves, + no one else.
For three days, challenge yourself to look in the mirror as little as possible [or *maybe* not even at all]. Exist beyond your reflection + let go of any self-doubts holding you back from being freely + truly yourself. Instead of worrying about what others think, try refocusing those thoughts inward — what do YOU love most about yourself? What talents, experiences, + kindness do you bring to the world that no one else can? You may learn more about yourself than you expect.
Living mirror-less means going au naturel — we’re talkin’ fresh-faced + bare skinned. It’s good to give your skin a break to breathe every once in awhile, + maybe it’s exactly what you need. Without having to contour or choose between eyeshadow palettes, you’ll instead remember to moisturize, drink water, + smile because it feels good — on the inside. You’ll realize that you can exist without bronzer or mascara, + that the world won’t crumble if you step outside your room with a pimple or two showing.
Girls #inCHAARG are strong in so many other ways — running marathons, reaching fitness goals, spreading positive vibes to other women across the nation — that you don’t need to hide behind an armour of makeup in order to be yourself. When we feel good, we look good + can accomplish anything we set our minds to.
Maybe you’ll look down + appreciate how strong your legs have gotten from those daily walks across campus you once hated or how easily you can carry heavy textbooks after months of #gainz in the gym. You might pay more attention to those around you, worrying less about how you compare to them + instead asking questions + noticing when their face lights up if it’s something they’re passionate about. Or maybe you’ll think more about your own passions, like the blog you always wanted to write or the places you never found time to visit. When we close our eyes to our own inner critics + let go of the things that normally hold us back — fear, judgment, rejection — we find a clearer view of the things that are most important to us.
Put down the mirror + start embracing the unique, creative, smart, + loving parts of you that are more than skin-deep <3
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” // Kahlil Gibran
++ Alyssa M [@amatts_inchaarg] // UConn CHAARG