Would you believe me if I told you that in the past I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my skin?
Now, the word hate is a super strong, because I’ve never actually hated my skin per se. However, I can say that I’ve definitely considered my skin to be a nuisance because of its special needs.
Let me explain:
- My skin is very sensitive and prone to mild acne & breakouts
- I’ve had a dermatologist since the age of sixteen
- As a result, since the age of sixteen I’ve had prescription medication for my skin
- My skincare regimen is significantly more time consuming than my peers due to it’s special needs
- On top of that, my skincare regimen is significantly more expensive than my peers due to its special needs
- All in all, this skin of mine has a little mind of its own
In pursuit of clear skin I’ve made a number of sacrifices over the past couple years:
- I’ve significantly decreased my dairy, salt, and sugar intake
- Increased my water intake
- I’ve chosen to only use natural, plant-based, or extremely gentle skin care products on my skin
At the start of 2017, I added uplifting words about skin to my vision board (that I look at everyday) to achieve my personal #skingoals and make skin care a top priority of mine. Doing so has shifted my attitude towards my skin and its specific needs.
This new mindset has allowed me accept my skin – flaws & all – and view the special relationship that I have with my skin as a form of self-care. I’ve learned to find joy in the extra time (& even money) that I spend on my skin and its needs, because I realized that it is and has always been an act of self-love.
Ali Stone Photography