Skin Positivity, Not Skin Perfection

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I have been a skincare addict since I was a child, passed on by my mother who smothered my sister and I with lotion after every shower. I thank her. I learned to be responsible for the care of my skin. To listen to my skin and understand her. To nurture her. But, even through all the care I gave, skin problems arose. For most of us, this is inevitable.

We live in a society where media has brought upon us stigma and skin discrimination. There are thousands of skin conditions and millions of people struggling with these so called, “imperfections”, yet the media mostly shares only models with “perfect” complexion and photoshopped skin. Throughout my teens and young adulthood, I was sucked into this belief that my skin was ugly because of it’s imperfections, so I did what I thought was all I could do… buy cosmetics that will “fix” my skin, and cake my flaws with makeup. It took me YEARS of researching, self-diagnosing, and going within to finally treat my skin the way it was crying out to be treated and heal myself. My experience did not only leave physical scars… I am nearly 31 years old, and I am still healing.

A message to those who want to treat skin issues:
– it’s not just about what you put on your skin. It’s a balance and combination of mind, body, mental, and spiritual health.
– what you put into your body matters MOST. Drink plenty of water and stay away from refined sugar, dairy and meat.
– don’t put all your trust on every derma or doctor you visit.
– learn to listen to your body, especially your gut – your gut health matters sooo much.
– natural remedies and products that don’t have harmful chemicals are best. Beware of chemicals that can bleach, burn and irritate your skin.
– don’t give up. Be patient with your healing. All of our bodies work differently.

P.S. Your relationship with your skin is personal to you. What you may care about may not matter to someone else. Heal what you can but embrace what you can’t. And remember, WE ARE BEYOND ANY SHAPE OR COLOR.

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I would love to hear from you! Please answer below:
– Are you struggling to love your skin?
– Do you have any skin problems? How is it affecting your life?
– What do you love about your skin?

Love & harmony x

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