Today’s post is one that has been a long time coming, but I wanted to wait until the right time to post it. Over the last 6 months or so, I have been working really hard on developing my self confidence. Up until the beginning of this year, I was too scared to even leave the house without a full face on. However, after I realised how ridiculous it was that I couldn’t feel comfortable in the natural skin I was born with, I decided it was time to make some changes.
Self Confidence Affirmations
One of the ways that has helped me try to embrace my skin is trying to first convince myself that there is nothing wrong with acne, dark circles and discolouration. Nobody is perfect, and there are people out there who feel the same as me. Yes there will always be somebody with naturally radiant and glowy skin, but I don’t need to aspire to be like them. I am me, and this is the skin I was given. This has taken a while to sink in, but here we are!
As I type this, I am currently sitting in a public cafe without makeup on and not a care in the world! In my eyes, that definitely counts for something.
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Wearing less makeup
One of the first steps I took was gradually reducing the amount of makeup I was wearing daily. This doesn’t mean I now don’t ever wear makeup, I still adore it, but I just don’t feel obligated to. Gradually reducing the amount of makeup I wore out really helped. This was also a slow and steady change, which I definitely needed. Eventually, I was leaving the house with just concealer, mascara and powder on. I also began to go makeup-free every other day or so, again to make a gradual change. This helped me get used to seeing myself without makeup on, and I began to see it as the norm.
Bare faced in public
The first time I did this, I was pretty terrified. All I kept thinking was ‘What if everyone stares at me? What if they judge and laugh at me?’. Soon after leaving my house and venturing into the busy high street, I quickly realised that nobody actually gave a crap. I was quite shocked, and realised what I thought would be a difficult outing, quickly turned into one like any other. Bare faced or not, no one cares what I look like!
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This has been a difficult journey for me, but one that I am proud I have made. I have gained confidence I never thought I would have, and it feels fantastic! Plus, wearing makeup less has actually helped my skin clear up a little, so it’s a win win situation.
I hope this post may convince others who have the same mindset that I used to that it is okay to embrace what you were born with. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re anything other than beautiful!
Lots of love to everyone,
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