“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Hello my lovelies!
I think we all know that working out, eating healthy, and maintaining a work/life balance are essential things to keeping our bodies, and our minds, healthy. Sometimes, we are more than happy to jump into one or two of those things, but possibly resistant to a third. If you’re like me, your resistance is most likely toward working out.
I’ve always been an athlete. I’ve been figure skating since I was seven, and that came with lots of off ice conditioning. Eventually, once I tried out college, I knew I needed to figure out ways to work out that didn’t involve an ice rink. Insert: Gym. The only problem was, I didn’t know a world where eyes were watching you use the elliptical machine in an aggressive manner, or judging you for maybe using the stair climber incorrectly. Or, especially in my case, being asked if I was ill after a workout, because no matter how fine I am after exercising, I always get red splotches against my pale skin that make me look like I am about to pass out any second.
I came to realize, all my years of working out at the rink, I was wearing makeup. My practice was almost always after school, and even back in the day, I was wearing makeup because I loved it. I never felt judged for the appearance of my skin after a workout, because I felt confident with my cake face holding up like a bulletproof vest, no matter the amount of sweat. Even during the weekend ice times when I didn’t wear an ounce of makeup, I was surrounded by people who had known me since I was seven. What more could they judge me for that they hadn’t already?!
Walking into a gym already makes you a badass. Walking into the gym with the confidence of a male peacock? That’s some next level alien confidence that very few people discover immediately. It’s perfectly ok to not feel yourself when you first start at a gym. It’s perfectly ok if you still don’t a couple of months later. However, I want to make a case for wearing makeup to the gym. While I’ve graduated to going to the gym bare-faced, it took me a lot of time to feel ok with it internally, and that’s what this is about; myself and how I feel.
Don’t ever forget that a gym membership is not going to fix your self-esteem, and neither is wearing makeup. That’s something that you have to discover for yourself. It might take a while, it might suck a lot sometimes, but a journey to finding yourself and what makes you feel good, that’s one of the most important things you can accomplish in life.
Reasons to Wear Makeup to the Gym:
1. Confidence Booster –
It’s not inherently wrong to use makeup to help your confidence. I accept my face and all of the cystic acne spots in their red, beaming glory. I also feel pretty fantastic when I have even the smallest amount of makeup on, to help make my problem areas less apparent. I’m not using makeup to replace my self-esteem, I’m using it to help, and that is absolutely fine!
2. Covers Insecurities –
While this one ties in with the first point, I want to also point out that even if you just use corrector for the under eyes and head out the door, or throw on a full face, you’re covering what makes you feel most insecure, and that’s ok. I really don’t believe that there are people on this planet who have zero insecurities. It’s part of being human. I may no longer be insecure about my acne, but I will honestly say that I lack confidence about my body, and that’s something I need to work on. Covering something that you don’t yet love or accept about yourself doesn’t make you a bad person. Notice how I say yet.
3. First Impressions Matter –
The weird thing about the gym is that it’s almost like a job interview every time you go, with different people almost every time. You want people to think that you take care of yourself. Duh, you’re doing that right now! Wearing a little makeup to show that you’re extra into personal care? That you’re extra into yourself? Why not?
4. Because You Can Do Whatever You Want –
The nice part about being an autonomous entity is that you don’t actually have to follow rigid guidelines on how to human. Wear makeup to the gym. Don’t wear makeup to the gym. Wear a dress to the gym. What I’m saying is, do whatever the fuck you want because it makes you happy and confident. It may sound selfish, but we need to stop worrying about other people so much. It 100% does not matter what benchpressing Bob thinks of you, whether you’re wearing makeup or not.
That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a beautiful Wednesday.
Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.