Fröken Minimalist

When people comment your looks to make you buy their products
 
About two months ago, I went to get a massage. I never go for 'beauty treatments', like facials, because I feel as if there is a non stop talking about what is wrong with my skin/skincare routine/approach to my appearance. They always tell me what I'm doing wrong and what they can offer which will 'solve my problem'. When there isn't really a problem. 
 
I had acne for approximately 10 years. Not severe acne, but enough to make me feel bad. I tried every cream, face mask, spot treatment there is. And the people in the stores just wanted to make me buy even more, even though I was just a child who obviously felt bad about a skin condition. No one ever told me too go to a dermatologist instead of buying useless products. Instead, they just wanted me to buy more and more and more products.
 
When I was around 20 years old, and had given up about my acne ever going away, I went to my dermatologist for another reason than my acne (I sometimes get keloid scars and get cortisone injections). I had already been prescribed antibiotics, which didn't work. My dermatologist looked at me and asked "how does you acne make you feel?" and I started crying. I didn't cry because of the pimples really, I cried because of the way they made me feel and the way that others treated me. I could get 'tips' like a should wash my face more. Like I wasn't clean enough. That really bothered me. My dermatologist, who is such a wonderful person, said that she would fix it and make my acne go away and prescribed me another medication called Isotretinoin/Accutane. This time, my acne went away - hopefully for good. 
 
Today I have a newfound confidence that I'm good enough. I don't need creams and makeup to be good enough. So when I went for a massage a couple of months ago, and the skin therapist said that she had the perfect skin and makeup products for me, I said that I didn't needed them. Instead of listening to me, she started to point out my flaws to motivate me to buy her products. I had scars from acne, I apparently needed a special kind of serum for my face, a balm for the skin around my eyes, maybe some foundation to cover up my flaws and a lot of other products for everything she said was 'wrong' with my appearance. So I told her that I feel that I'm good enough the way I am and that I don't need any products to fix the problems she said I had. She then looked at me, and probably realized what she just had said. That when she tries to make her clients buy products, she starts by pointing out their flaws.
 
I don't mean that I never buy skincare products and such. I buy what I need, when I need it. But telling people that they need things, because they aren't perfect, doesn't make anyone feel good. I don't care about my scars or the redness in my face that I sometimes get, because I'm good enough. However, it might feel a lot different when you have a skin disease like acne. So my tips to people who suffer from acne and are tired of buying every product there is; go to see a dermatologist. They will probably help you in a way that store personnel can't.
3 reasons I don’t buy things on sale
 
Is the title provoking? Since I became a minimalist, I've stopped buying things on sale. I'm not talking about sales at the supermarket or actually buying things I need, which happens to be on sale. I mean the sales at shopping malls where people walk around like zombies buying everything in their way - as long as it's cheap. There is mainly three reasons for why I don't buy things on sale.
 
You waste time
You should've seen me the other day. I had to run an errand at a shopping mall in Malmö. I ran around for at least 30 minutes until I found the store I was looking for, even though I looked it up in the maps available two(!) times. One of the reasons that I don't shop at sales, is that there always is a lot of people in the stores and malls. Because of that, it takes a lot of time even finding stores and things to buy.  Shopping during sales is rarely time efficient.
 
You waste money
Oh, the irony. While you might think that buying things on sale saves you money, it usually doesn't. You rather spend money you wouldn't spend otherwise. It's better to save your money by not spending it on meaningless things you don't even need. Before becoming a minimalist, I could buy things on sale that I didn't really need. It could be a piece of clothing that wasn't really my style, which ended up not being used more than a couple of times. That's not a good way to spend your money.
 
You might buy things you don't need
As I mentioned above, you might buy things you don't need when shopping on sale. Being a minimalist, you don't really need useless things. I know it's easy to say "just don't buy useless things", because it's rarely that easy. A lot of people buy things that they believe they need now, or believe that they will need eventually. My advise is: if you don't know when you will need it, don't buy it. 
 
Do you shop at sales? Or do you only look for things you actually need rather than spending money on things you don't need?
Yesterday was filled with new people and new experiences
 
Yesterday I went to a workshop at Malmö University, held by the wonderful Kim Gerlach. The subject of the day was engagement through social media. Kim guided us though discussions regarding social media, tips and tricks, engagement statistics and how to develop one's social media channels.
 
I met some wonderful people and human rights organisations, with which I spoke about engagement through social media. Since the subject has been discussed both during my internship at  the international department of IOGT-NTO and during the human rights bachelor program, it's a very interesting subject for me. It can be a difficult thing, knowing how to write about an organisations work without exploiting the situation of the people in need of help. Often, you can see ads for human rights organisations with pictures of starving children. There is a fine balance between showing an organisation's work and exploiting the people they help. As you can imagine, there is a lot to be said about how to work with social media. 
 
I really enjoyed the workshop and had a wonderful time listening to Kim and other people who attended the event. This was such a pleasant experience and I hope to attend something similar again!