Let’s talk SKIN…but like the deep kind. The kind that makes you who you are. I talked briefly over on my Instagram a couple weeks ago on THIS POST about my past experiences when it came to self-love. I wanted to get deeper with you guys on this topic so I figured a post like this would be perfect. I am still a woman who is striving to love herself fully every single day but it has been a long, hard road to get to where I am now.
I have always struggled with self-image. I remember being young and staring at myself in the mirror and nitpicking the God-given features I have. “My nose could be smaller, my lips could be smaller, my eyes could be less boring…my skin could be more even…”. I remember having thoughts like this as young as 5. 5….think about it. Why is a 5 year old thinking of this already? I am not sure why either…but the culture of advertisements and what is proclaimed as “beauty” at the time must have gotten ahold of my reality. I remember it as clear as today. I was in elementary school when a boy made a comment about my backside. I remember him saying “its so big” in comparison to the other thin railed girls I was surrounded by. I was never heavy, but I have always had curve. Lets just say it really hurt. Those words would hurt anyone…but they are words a young elementary aged girl shouldn’t be hearing and it stuck with me. Years later in middle school the same scenario happened but it was about my lips. I always would hear snarky remarks on how big my lips were. My latin features suddenly became shameful to me. I would disguise my lips in face makeup so they would appear smaller. I rarely filled them with color and this followed me all through high school. It’s sad, isn’t it? That a few hurtful remarks can really hurt someone to their core. I often think what school will be like for my daughters and I am afraid it will be worse. But you know what? Because I have had these experiences I am even more confident in my mission to raise strong young women that know their worth is not in the eyes of others.
Flash forward to today and I love my features. I truly do! My lips are what others pay for and I would like to say the curve of my body is something I am proud of. If you have ever met my Mother you would see why I take pride in who I am and what I look like. My Mama is from Chile, a South American country that extends from the Atacama Desert to the Glaciers. My Mama has always been beautiful to me. I remember watching her do her makeup and caring for her skin and thinking “can I look like that someday?” The body and features that I have are hers and I will forever take pride in them. Yes, words can hurt. But overcoming those words is where the sweet stuff is.
Let’s Talk Skin
Now that I am 27 (cringgggge) taking care of my skin is a must. Caring for your skin is self-love…it is the only layer you will have! I am thankful that I have always been a person that rarely drank alcohol which is huge when it comes to skincare. (YES, LADIES! Be careful with those drinks!!) I have also never smoked tobacco or e-cigarettes (its all BAD). Aging starts to take place in your early 20’s and getting on a great skincare routine is a must! Below are products by TULA that I have been using and have done really well for me.
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Skin care is an investment, but an investment that gives back. Your body is the one thing that you will never regret investing in!
Love yourself today and always.