Identifying Beauty Addiction can be a tedious and sensitive approach. Just as with any addiction, the addict must first acknowledge that there is a problem.
Here we will discuss what beauty addicts want you to understand about their obsession with cosmetics. It goes far beyond feeling pretty in some cases. Being addicted to makeup can be a label one is proud of, but there can be a dark side too.
There is a fine line between makeup lover & someone that is addicted to beauty products.
Take for example:
The Cosmetic Collection
Hoarding has inability to discard items even if they are worthless, hazardous. According to Renae Reinardy, founder of Lakeside Center in Minnesota, “hoarding beauty products caused by different disorders usually hoard beauty products like makeup, shampoos, creams.”
Beside overspending- we’ll get to that in a minute- hoarding could be a number one indicator of a person with a beauty addiction.
Like food, makeup has a shelf life:
Mascara: 3-6 months
Cream Blush: 6 months to one year
Concealer, pencils, eye shadow, eye cream: 1 year
Foundation, lipstick, moisturizer: 1 to 1 ½ years
Face powder, powder blush: 2 years
There should really be no reason to have one or two of each type of product at any given time. Perhaps three if something is expiring soon, but not yet finished.
The Overstocked Vanity Case
An addict will be found carrying multiples of the same kind of cosmetic products. From color palettes to lipsticks and bronzers and creams, oh my!
All Made-up All the Time
It’s not easy being addicted to makeup. Cosmetic addicts refuse to step out of the house without putting makeup on. A good indicator is someone that will put makeup on just to go to somewhere like the gym or a walk around the block.
According to Dr. Reinardy, there is a list of indicators. She states – “I had a client who spent $10000 on face cream trying to minimize her pores.” “When we’re so desperate to look a certain way, and when we rely on that for our well being, people will do whatever they need to do, especially if there’s body dysmorphic disorder. Finances and space issues go out of the window if we put all of our happiness on whatever feature that we’re trying to chase after.”
Take note that in this same report Dr. Reinardy mentions this, dysmorphic disorder, and other disorders to be the case in these over expenditures and other psychological issues within a cosmetic addiction.
When the obsession to look good takes away from the actual time spent doing what one is getting ready for, there could be a real problem. Addicts always desire to make a perfect appearance and do not want to make the slightest of errors in their look. Accordingly, even if they are looking their best, they are never satisfied.
The Cosmetic Aisle Draw
Someone addicted to cosmetics cannot stay away from the cosmetics counter. Be it the grocery store or the Clinique bar at Macy’s, the draw is insatiable. A real problem can be diagnosed when someone is buying multiples of one item and leaving the price tags on.
A Real Addiction
According to one report, due to the psychotropic substances in makeup, cosmetics are four times as physically addictive as some drugs. When considering social pressures, women are psychologically dependent on these very expensive and unhealthy products.
This same report tells the story of a woman that was admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility. The woman was told that the facility did not allow makeup. The story goes that eighty percent of the time, when women were caught cheating in their rehabilitation process, it was with cosmetics.
What this all really boils down to is an addictive behavior, most likely relative of some psychological disorder. According to one report, one of the most prominent contributing factors in manifesting cosmetics addictions is the continuous bombardment and pressure that society, the media in particular, is placing on women (and men).
Consider signs of beauty addiction as serious and relative to any other addiction.
In this type of addiction, it is likely that the first sign is going to relate to shopping symptoms. Overspending or other money troubles may become apparent. As would be similar to a drug user scrambling to find money to support their habit, someone with a beauty habit may be secretly wishing someone would notice their problem. Cosmetic use, especially at an elevated level, can become a very expensive habit to maintain causing distress in families just as with any other addiction.
Isolation is not generally thought to be a symptom of beauty use but consider an addictive personality.
Here, consider these statements on the drug use and apply it to the beauty addict in your life. Is this person isolated while applying or removing makeup, incessantly? Perhaps this is a psychological advance projected from this person’s emotional state that is really crying for help!
Take into consideration that beauty addicts want us to understand that they have a problem, just as with any other addict. These lists here are merely a starting point for your evaluation- to recognize if someone in your life has an addiction of any kind, really.
Most of the research is unfortunately skewed by opinionated posts stating that beauty addicts are stupid and is otherwise mis-representing.
There is much to learn about addiction, in any case. Other common signs include a built up tolerance. In drug addiction, the user needs to use more of the drug to experience the same effects previously attained in smaller amounts. The user takes drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms.
What about the beauty addict- can they really have withdrawals from makeup?
Apparently so. As mentioned, any addiction is a serious note to contend with. This can be attributed to psychological disorders rather than ‘just an addiction’.
Accordingly, all addictions have the capacity to induce feelings of shame and guilt, a sense of hopelessness, and feelings of failure. Additionally, anxiety and depression are common conditions among those with substance and behavioral addictions.
Continue on with your own research should you have a beauty addict in your life. They want you to understand their compulsions and other emotional issues. There is a direct correlation to insecurities and beauty addiction to begin with. Pay close attention to your loved ones and consult a psychologist if necessary.