"Beauty takes sacrifice," my mother would tell the squirming 5 year-old me in an attempt to brush out painful knots out of my butt-long hair*. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard this Russian proverb throughout my lifetime... especially, when getting ready required some element of discomfort or straight up pain.
I guess one could argue that my love for horror movies and heavy metal stems from those traumatic experiences and the singular phrase that justifies it all. But today, at 23, I find myself finally understanding what it means.
Beauty does take sacrifice.
Whether it is sitting through a session of eyebrow threading in order to get those “eyebrows on fleek.” Or squeezing out a raging breakout (btw, STOP TOUCHING IT). Or, if you are someone with unruly hair, it is the struggle of getting the knots out in an attempt to have a good hair day. Maybe we don’t think about it, but we sacrifice comfort quite often for the sake of beauty.
For someone like me, who loves makeup and has acne-prone skin, my sacrifices have a direct effect on the health of my skin. Ever since I developed a liking to playing around with different makeup products, I found that makeup often sped up the process of getting monthly pimples, or would even be the main culprit of a horrible breakout. All of this is because the majority of makeup products have skin clogging (or comedogenic, scientifically speaking) ingredients.
Many doctors and beauty websites will tell you that makeup is never the sole reason for you getting pimples, and it is true, but if you are someone like me who's been dealing with acne the majority of her adult life, you might become very sensitive to clogging ingredients if you are not taking care of your skin properly. They can worsen your condition and act as the catalyst for clogged pores, or, (God forbid) cystic acne.
In my teenage years, I often felt like there is not enough clear information regarding what is safe to use for us acne-prone folk, and how to approach purchasing and using makeup on daily basis without ruining the skin. After years of trial and error, consulting with numerous dermatologists and estheticians, I finally figured out a system that got my skin under control. So I decided to share with you what I've learned along the way on my blog and my channel.
The aim of my little project is to make the comedogenic and acnegenic ingredients used in beauty products and their true effects on the skin a part of the conversation about beauty. While reviewing quality, longevity, and wearibility of makeup is very important for any makeup user, getting down to the core of what exactly we are putting on our faces is just as crucial.
If beauty does take sacrifice, it is always a good idea to be as prepared as possible. And what better weapon do we have than knowledge?
I hope my posts and videos will help you in the pursuit of a routine that will work for you and will compell you to join the DEADLY VISION family.
The proverb in Russian: "Красота требует жертв."