Afraid to Breathe...

A quick run to the store. Lipgloss only. #NoMakeup #nofilter

A quick run to the store. Lipgloss only. #NoMakeup #nofilter

I love having conversations around #beauty and #bravery. This selfie was taken on a quick store run, minus makeup. I now wonder how many seconds it took me to consider leaving the house like this. Probably 5. Was it hard? I don't believe so. But, does it challenge me and my confidence? You bet! I'm still facing my own fears in this area. 

Are many of us afraid to breathe? To let our skin breathe is to let ourselves be. Being afraid to go out with bare faces could be just as ridiculous as holding our breath in public. Like inhaling without the exhale. Like sucking it all in to fit into a too small size pair of jeans. Why? For what? For whom? 

Are we just used to covering up? Not only our skin, but our livesJoin the conversation on my Instagram feed. Blogger and true beauty activist Chioma Obii-Obioha of Love'nWords commented,

"As women, we are taught from an early age to use makeup to hide our "flaws". We use makeup to hide our emotional and psychological scars; I guess that's why some people call it "putting on my face."

I'm the grin and bear it type. If I feel it's important to my inner being, I'll find a way to do it, even when it's uncomfortable. But recently, a friend served as inspiration when she came to church makeup-free, fresh-faced and absolutely gorgeous!  She looked so happy and full of life! This totally gave me life, a visual that stayed with me the entire week. Plus, in the peripheral vision of my minds' eye was Alicia Keys' post on this very topic and so, a trending theme made it's way first into my line of sight followed by my train of thought. I have these 2 women to thank for bringing it to the surface. Not that it's a new conversation, but it's one that I, and perhaps all of us, need re-enter.... As a minimalist, I'm looking forward to breaking down my beauty routine even further as an "exercise in freedom".

All about good skincare and natural options. I've rediscovered Moroccan red clay mask with rose, a great skin detoxifier which makes your skin glow, soft and supple. Followed by a witch hazel toner. As a moisturizer: my own rose hip seed oil which is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It protects the skin and increases cell turnover. Just thought I'd share.

All about good skincare and natural options. I've rediscovered Moroccan red clay mask with rose, a great skin detoxifier which makes your skin glow, soft and supple. Followed by a witch hazel toner. As a moisturizer: my own rose hip seed oil which is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It protects the skin and increases cell turnover. Just thought I'd share.

What about you? I want to know what you think. Do you struggle with the makeup-free life? Or does it come easy for you? What are your thoughts?

April Peters

Soul-stirring singer-songwriter and recording artist April Peters has a driving passion to help women and children find freedom and discover their value in God. April became aware of the emotional scars and wounds of domestic violence on her own family and released her debut EP, Early Bloomer, in 2010 to tell her story in song of love, loss and the power of forgiveness while raising awareness around issues of domestic violence and abuse. April traveled to West Africa, where she performed and made radio appearances, encouraging Liberia's people and children scarred after civil war. April has been featured on FOX's Good Day Philadelphia and Monarch Magazine hailed April for being an “exceptional [person] empowering others to become exceptional” and "artist who uses her past experiences, talent and passion for change – to create a new voice in adult contemporary music.” April's recently released single “Turn It Up” and her EP Fly carry the message of hope, truth, love and renewal that she so passionately conveys to audiences worldwide.