I feel so vain and slightly embarrassed admitting this, but I was definitely one of those girls in high school. You know…those girls who are constantly pulling out the mirror, buffing on a bit of powder and picking, pulling and preening at their faces. Obnoxious, I know. I can happily say that this stage ended shortly into my first year of college when I realized that there is more to life than prepping and picking at my face.
I can partially attest it to the fact that my skin was amazingly clearer than it had been the years before. Why? Well let’s just say I stopped my home-made system of washing and scrubbing my face in hopes that the zits I had would magically disappear. I’d literally spend hours in front of the mirror scrubbing, applying makeup, getting pissed and doing it all over again til I thought I looked presentable to the public. Then I met my dermatologist, became a guinea pig and ran test trials on practically 99.6% of acne medications out there until I found something that started to work, calmed down and realized that life was more than looking “perfect”.
I had some serious confidence issues and I wasn’t about to let them waste anymore of my time. I definitely still have days where I wake up with Zitzilla on my face, but for the most part I spend my mirror-check episodes making sure that there’s nothing stuck in my teeth. I’ll take the zit over some nasty jank up in my grill…biggest pet peeve ever. When I’m mirrorless and I ask you “is there anything in my teeth?” and you do one of those 1-second once-overs, I will not be impressed.
All of that aside, respecting my face – and my whole body as well – was definitely the answer to quelling my anger and disappointment in the mirror. If I could give my younger self one thing right now, it’d be a chill pill. I’m telling ya’ll this because I still have mini freakout sessions when I get blemishes. But I have found something that works for me – along with regular exercise to get my blood flowing, healthy fats and vitamins/minerals in food – so hopefully it works for you too.
Here’s a video of how I quickly clear up those once-in-awhile annoyances, because yes, they happen to us all. Especially during that time of month, ladies. Oh, the joy.
What’s one thing you do to keep your skin clear?
Peace and love!