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Studies Show Putting On Makeup Is Actually Improving Your Mental Health

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While the wild and unrealistic portrayals of beauty in media may make you think makeup and mental health don't mix, studies have shown there are positive mental health benefits of putting on makeup. The meditative act can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and promote a calmer, happier mindset - as if you needed another reason to restock your makeup bag with all the essentials!

Read on to discover why applying makeup boosts wellbeing, how you can use your daily routine to deal with anxiety and depression, and which famous beauty bloggers rely on makeup for their mental health, too.

  • Applying Makeup Can Boost Your Creativity


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    There's no denying makeup is a form of self-expression, and when dealing with mental health issues, it's important to find ways of channeling your emotions in a healthy way.

    There's proof that self-expression is crucial for mental health, so if makeup is your preferred medium, more power to you! 

    Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert confirms it: “The act of applying makeup and the end result can be transformative for some and help boost confidence,” he says.

  • Those With Social Anxiety Can Use Makeup To Show The World Who They Are


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    Makeup is an especially important tool for introverts and those who deal with social anxiety. While walking into a party alone or talking to a large group of people may seem intimidating, makeup offers a way to show the world who you are before you open your mouth. For example, a bold red lip can make a confident impression or unicorn eyeshadow can show off a wild side.

  • Makeup Offers A Way To Take Control Of Something In Your Life


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    A 2017 thread on the Makeup Addiction subreddit asked Redditors to explain how makeup has helped them through a mental ailment. One of the most popular responses had to do with gaining some control over a seemingly out-of-control life.

    Redditor /u/gotohela put it this way: "I grew up really controlled, and my appearance was definitely a part of that control. My mother picked my clothes for me through middle school (and trust me, I wasn't inept at picking my own clothes). Later, my parents used to make comments on how I looked without any sort of guidance. So now that I have disposable income and free time, I'm SO particular about how I look and what I use… I relish in the luxuriousness of my skin care and makeup. Overall, it gives me a sense of control I never had as a little kid. And I like being known for being good at this kinda stuff too." 

  • It's A Way To Treat Yourself


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    Ever hear of #SelfcareSunday? Self-care is essential to a healthy mindset, and for many, makeup is a form of self care. Redditor /u/AmyPond808 said "The self-care of my skincare routine (almost clear skin now from acne!) and the self-esteem boost of adding color to my face (eyeshadows) makes me feel accomplished. I have mental health issues too (depression/anxiety/recent severe panic attacks) and it's a great way to be nice to myself. I'm only aiming to please myself with my makeup, so I don't feel self-conscious about it."