1.I’ve had acne (in various forms) since I was in high school, so I’ve never not had two or three spots or a bunch of pigmentation, regardless of years of research, experience, and having access to so many products. Sometimes I get this weird pressure/guilt feeling – I’m a beauty editor and skincare coach, I have all this information and resource, so shouldn’t my skin be perfect? The thing is, no one’s skin is perfect – we’re just all so used to scrolling through filtered feeds of flawless selfies and hearing influencers tell us that face masks will ‘erase our pores’.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that my skin is how it is and I’m fine with it - I know when and why my spots are triggered and I know how to get rid of them fast. When I worked as a skincare consultant in department stores my skin was probably at its worst, but I also had the busiest counter. Customers with skin concerns found it easier to talk to me, felt like they wouldn’t be judged, and knew I’d be able to relate. It was this that inspired the approach I now take on Instagram – ‘spots and all’.
2.I rarely wear heavy makeup, purely because I don’t like the feel of it on my skin, so most days I just wear a light mineral foundation or a bit of concealer. Even when my acne was at its worst I didn’t really feel comfortable covering it up, but my skin definitely did knock my confidence as a teenager. As I’ve got older I’ve stopped caring so much. My content is heavily skincare focussed so nearly always requires me to bare all on camera. I used to get nervous about showing my skin if I was mid-breakout, but I always get such positive feedback, especially from other acne sufferers. It’s great to know what products to use to prevent and treat spots, but it’s even better to know that you’re not alone in your experience.
1.I don’t feel the pressure to look flawless that much like I once used to do when I was younger.
Social media are definitely creating a pool of pictures of women who look always their best, creating standards that are often unnatural and hard to achieve naturally.
This being said, it’s true that there’s also a bit of a revolution happening, with people trying to embrace themselves naturally, showing their flaws on the internet, that’s where I’m trying to stand.
I try to balance those pictures where I’m wearing make up to those where I’m unfiltered (digitally and with make up), trying to hide less my imperfections, so I often do talk to my audience in my Instagram stories with no make up on, which is kinda scary but empowering at the same time.
2.If I have to be honest I’ve done that and often felt comfortable doing that only when my skin was looking good, sometimes I only wear mascara or lipstick.
When my skin breaks out it definitely busts my confidence, I feel like I have to cover up the “mess” that’s happening on my face.
Even though that’s my initial thought, I try not to let that get to me too much. It’s natural to see changes in our skin, there are many factors in our life that can affect the way our body change.
Our skin is important but it’s not what should define the perception of ourselves or our confidence.