LOVE YOUR SKIN FIRST!
A lot of us started our Skincare journey with the wrong mindset. We applied that first facial scrub or mask with an idea of entering a battlefield. We didn't start applying those beauty products because we genuinely cared for our skin and wanted to nurture it; but because it irritated us, and we wanted to rid it of those nasty pubescent blemishes. Although no one wants blemishes, this is a wrong approach to caring for your skin. You should not approach your skin with desperation.
“I had to learn the hard way that treating the skin like an A-bomb drop zone is completely counterproductive. And through my healing journey, I've discovered something miraculous: that moisturizers can heal in unimaginable ways.”
Yancy Lael describes it perfectly. The beauty world can overwhelm, with different experts and own unique views. If you approach these things with desperation to rid and attack, you end up hurting rather than healing your skin. You could easily be gullible to skincare shams that aren't good for your skin. Using product after product to 'fight' your skin.
“Don't forget that healing takes time. Don't expect to try meditation and a new skincare line and end up with perfect skin in a week. Give yourself the gift of time and patience. The body is a complicated, miraculous system, and each body processes change in its own time.” ―
The best way to approach your skin is with love. Care for your skin to nurture it, 'spoil' it, heal and preserve it. Don't think of now alone but think of the future too. Like the bible says, 'love is patient, love is kind'. When you approach your skin with love, you're more patient with its healing process. You're kinder to it, you'd be cautious of what you put on your skin.
1 Corinthians 13:4 - Love is patient, love is kind
If you love your skin, you see skincare as more of a lifestyle than a mission. Skincare should be as normal as dental care. Do you brush your teeth just cause you notice a discoloration then abandon it after? No! It's part of the way we live. Skincare should be part of it too.
“It's never too late to look after yourself. Never too late to eat healthy, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and look after your skin. You'd be amazed at how quickly your skin and body can rejuvenate given the right environment.”
Love for your skin also brings confidence. You're not ashamed of it, even if it's not perfect. You stand tall and proud. You're comfortable in your skin. You know it's a work in progress and soon enough, with care and love, it'll get there. When you love something, no matter how flawed it might appear to the rest of the world, you don't care. You love it all the same. This also applies to your skin, no matter what the beauty industry and European beauty standards throw at you or say, you don't care. You love your skin and are confident about it. You know it's beautiful, a few blemishes here and there can never change that.
Confidence breeds Beauty - Estee Lauder
Remember, every skin is different. What worked for A might not work for B. Down to skin types, all dry skin types are not the same. When you love something, you're interested in it. You're eager to find out everything you can about that thing. Same should apply with your skin, get intimate with your skin. Know its weak points and all its needs. Find out what your skin loves. This stops you from falling prey to every product advertised or recommended that might not be right for you. When you understand your skin better, it reduces the urge for you to need makeup. Makeup is good, but too much make is not. You shouldn't need makeup, you can decide to put some on, but it should never become a need. When it becomes a need, then you know there's something wrong with your skin confidence.
I'm a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won't need a lot of make-up. - Demi Moore
Healthy skin is crucial for providing the right canvas for applying makeup, to enhance natural beauty and create natural healthy-looking skin. - Caroline Frazer
Finally, be patient with your skin and relax. Skin malfunctions are normal. No one is judging you for a few blemishes or rash, and anyone that does is messed up. Keep on loving your skin and watch it thank you over time.
“Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state. As one of my friends states on his Facebook profile: "The true Losers in Life, are not those who Try and Fail, but those who Fail to Try.”
“Don't forget that healing takes time. Don't expect to try meditation and a new skincare line and end up with perfect skin in a week. Give yourself the gift of time and patience. The body is a complicated, miraculous system, and each body processes change in its own time.”