“Your skin has a memory. In ten, twenty, thirty years from now, your skin will show the results of how it was treated today. So treat it kindly and with respect,” ~ Jana Elton.
Do you practice skin neutrality?
With conventional beauty standards drawn all over your life, you might forget how to be comfortable in your own body and skin. Portrayals of unrealistic beauty and skin standards might not seem harmful when you’re scrolling through your social media feed, but it does harm you. You might not notice it. Your expectations suddenly change and somehow you don’t see yourself as the same beautiful person anymore. It’s sly and sneaky, but you don’t have to fall prey to becoming insecure in your skin. Learn to be body positive.
Can you be body positive with just the right mindset? YES. Indeed, it isn’t the easiest to feel the best when your standards of yourself are not customized to your being and history. Learn to trust loving yourself with each step of the way. You will become astounded at how much you are missing in not loving your body and your skin. Here are a couple of steps you should take along the way.
That doesn’t literally mean not to use filters, beauty enhancers, or practice self-care. Being unfiltered is being honest with yourself. If you don’t like something about yourself or if you started feeling insecure lately, be honest and come out to yourself about it. It is an enormous first step, but it will make everything else come easier. Just trust the process and the strength will come. Many times, we discover we are never alone in dealing with our insecurities and that there are many people out there who have the same insecurities. The most important outcome is that you realize that beauty is diverse, and no one Instagram account, tv show, or trend can change that. Be the best unfiltered version of yourself.
Nourish yourself inwardly and outwardly
Beauty on the inside, the more beauty you’ll find on the outside, and vice versa. You don’t have to match any ideals of beauty if you feel beautiful on the inside. You might just appreciate the au naturel look and feel of yourself with the utmost minimal lifestyle and beauty habits. What matters most is the amount of cherishing you give yourself while trying your best to feel and look beautiful.
Befriend your blemishes
Loving your blemishes seems to outdo the entire purpose of skincare, or does it? Well, loving blemishes doesn’t mean that you want them or like them on you. However, it means that you tolerate that your skin can be imperfect, and that is beyond okay. Maybe your blemishes can or can’t be fixed easily, but in either case, there is no point where you don’t deserve to tolerate your imperfections and blemishes.
Change is beautiful, so don’t hold on
Your skin is constantly changing, so your ideas of beauty have to evolve along. Trust us, we know how hard that is to apply when being a mature-skinned woman is only slowly and lately gaining the representation it deserves in the media. It becomes quite difficult when you feel you are the only one cheering yourself, but that’s what we are here for. We want you to truly believe that it is possible to practice both a beauty skincare routine while also respecting and venerating the journey your skin has been through. Change is beautiful, so don’t hold on to the past and, instead, embrace the future.
Remind yourself of what you love about yourself
The constant attention on what we should fix instead of what we have is one of the biggest reasons we feel badly about ourselves. We must open our eyes and see ourselves not from our anxiety’s point of view and not from our worries, concerns, and dislikes, but to see ourselves fully. That means the beauty that we have, the beauty that cannot be purchased, and the beauty that is our right and heritage. This is a reminder that when we become nervous about our changing skin and body, we might get caught up with quick remedies and fixes. The best way to combat this dilemma is to always remind yourself of what you love about yourself.
There is always room for more growth
So now that you're hitting a new milestone in your life and your skin is changing, you might believe that growth is over. You cannot be more wrong because growth is never over. What you can do is see where growth can be increased and measured. Many of us haven’t started caring about skincare until we felt worried, but now is the time to gain a good habit of applying a skincare routine. Maybe we had a hard time cutting out the bad habits, now is truly the time to adopt a better lifestyle. Finally, maybe we didn’t know how to feel good about ourselves, but now we feel we deserve it. It’s never too late and there is always room for more growth.
Cut the noise out
Yes, it gets noisy when the ads, social media posts, and culture tell us exactly what we should look like and what age our beauty expires. Feel empowered by cutting the noise out of your life and following content that helps you feel better about yourself. You deserve to feel beautiful and to surround yourself with that preaches that love back at you.
Be the nicest to yourself
The best tips come last. The secret you were looking for is that you are your hero and being the nicest, most appreciative person you can be to yourself applies not only to skincare and other beauty habits but to all other parts of your life. Practice the combined practice of self-love and self-care and you’ll see an elevated boost in your overall mood, health, skin, and overall beauty.