In this day and age, it’s not hard to come by heavily-edited photos of flawless skin on social media. We are constantly bombarded with images of perfect skin and inundated with advertisements promising ways to achieve this look with products that will brighten and clear our skin. While skincare is, of course, important, so is appreciating and celebrating your skin for exactly what it is. And that’s exactly what the skin positivity movement is all about.
What is Skin Positivity?
Skin positivity is all about celebrating your skin in its raw form. It takes the expression ‘love the skin you’re in’ and actually applies it. Wrinkles, acne, scarring, eczema, rosacea–while social media may have us believe that these things should be covered up, hidden, or filtered away in order to be considered beautiful, the skin positivity movement says exactly the opposite. All skin is beautiful and worthy! In short, skin positivity is all about inspiring confidence and self-love. It aims to reduce any stimage surrounding skin conditions and encourage people to love their skin, even if it isn’t ‘perfect’.
The Skin Positivity Movement
The skin positivity movement challenges traditional beauty standards and encourages people to embrace their real skin – makeup free and filter free. The truth is, there is no such thing as perfect skin. There should never be any pressure to cover up ‘flaws’ such as dark spots, redness, hair, pigmentation, or any skin condition. Joining the skin positivity movement means you are saying ‘yes’ to loving your skin no matter what it looks and encouraging others to do the same.
5 Ways to Love the Skin You’re In
While the journey to loving and accepting your skin for what it is may take some time – especially if you have some deep-rooted beliefs to rewire – it’s never too late to jump on board the skin positivity train. Here are our top tips for showing your beautiful skin some extra love:
Drink Enough Water
There are so many benefits of staying hydrated. Drinking 7-8 glasses per day helps flush out toxins, paving the way for healthy, glowing skin. Water also increases blood flow which can improve the skin tone. In addition, it balances the oil and water content on the skin of your face which can help prevent acne. If you suffer from eczema or any other itchy skin condition, staying hydrated will help relieve skin dryness and reduce itchiness.
Are you getting your beauty sleep? You should aim to get at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night as anything less than this may affect your skin’s appearance. Getting enough sleep can lead to fewer wrinkles, brighter eyes, and a glowing complexion. Sleep-deprived people are also more prone to inflammation and outbreaks of acne, eczema, psoriasis. If itchiness is keeping you up at night, check out our tips on how to sleep with itchy skin.
Use Natural Products
Unfortunately, there are many skincare and makeup products that contain harmful chemicals or ingredients. Be sure to always read the labels before buying to ensure that what you are putting on your skin is safe and effective. Our general rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce the name of the ingredient, it probably isn’t good for your skin!
Keeping your skin nourished and well hydrated is a great way to show your skin some love. We recommend this Organic Manuka Honey Cream because it’s all natural! Made with six ingredients - including Manuka honey and beeswax - it’s rich in emollients and soothing for even the most sensitive skin. Your skin will love its sweet honey smell!
You are what you eat! Treat your body right by nourishing it properly. Healthy foods that can positively affect your skin include foods that are high in probiotics like miso soup and sourdough bread, foods that are high in quercetin, such as apples, blueberries and kale, and foods that contain high-levels are omega-3 fatty acids like salmon or herring. You should also reduce consumption of processed foods or foods that contain refined sugar and opt for colourful fruits and vegetables instead.
Yoro Naturals is a firm believer in the Skin Positivity Movement, as well as healing skin through physical and mental support. We accept you, exactly as you are and are here to support you in your skin journey.
Love the skin you're in.