Day 132 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

Healthy Lip Service

Fashion changes with the weather. One minute you are wearing flared leg jeans; the next, skinny jeans. For a blink of an eye, wedge heels are the new ‘must-haves’ and then before you know it, it’s back to stilettos. Along with fashion, makeup takes a turn at keeping us confused consumers. Do I wear purple eyeliner or blue? Is matte finish ‘in’ this season, or should my face look squeaky-clean shiny? Not that I follow the fashion or makeup trends (I’m lucky if I even wear eyeliner!), but I did discover some Unexpected Health today…in lipstick.

Lipstick is another fashion’ in and out’. Sometimes, the newest Glamour magazine tells us we should be wearing the dark-lipped look of lipstick. Other times, lip gloss is the way to go. For the last few years, I have steered away from all lipsticks. In fact, I barely own any; and those I do own, I never wear. One of the reasons is that most lipsticks contain harmful–unhealthy–ingredients that can cause a variety of health concerns (see http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com for more on that topic). As I have grown ‘in,’ I prefer to buy more sustainable products, limiting my lip color selection to a few fruit-infused glosses. But the Unexpected Health that one finds with lipstick is that these little twist-up lip art make perfect proclaimers of your intentions…and having outlets for displaying your health is healthy.

I put my lipstick to work. I did not use it on my lips but instead made a declaration on my bathroom mirror…using the most perfect shade of reddish-pink (MAC calls it, “Verve”). This name, of course, prompted me to look into the definition of “verve,” which I found out means, “enthusiasm; liveliness; vivaciousness.”

Unused makeup such as lipstick can do more than sit in a drawer and dry out. My Verve, way-too-dark-for-my-face, lipstick became a pencil for me to express my “liveliness” about…life. I could have kept that old lipstick in my drawer, thinking that one day I might actually dress up for Halloween and need THAT lip color, but instead I wrote an affirmation for my eyes to see every morning, every evening…actually, every time I walk into the bathroom. So the next time you clean out your makeup bag (or in my case, drawer), consider keeping your never-used lipstick. You just never know when you may need a unique, yet health-promoting writing utensil to encourage you on your health journey. -Until tomorrow, Jaime

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