In the world of fake beauty and distorted social standards about natural beauty, being real is a rare thing. Though lots of people scream how fake and filtered everyone on social media is, we’re still bought by whitened teeth, poreless and smooth skin. After all, one believes what one wants to believe, and the only one that tells the truth in the mirror.
Beauty products advertisements exaggerate the effect of their products and make users believe these are the real beauty standards. However, many influencers have started campaigns to fight for natural faces. Sasha Louise Pallari, a makeup artist with a considerable number of followers on Instagram has started a viral challenge called “#filterdrop” that encourages other women to post their natural faces!
So we decided to share 20 photos of confident women that proudly shared their real photos trying to prove that there is nothing to be ashamed of what is natural. Check out the photos and tell us your opinion about beauty and its exaggerated standards.
I used to spend hours editing out every single spot before posting. I’d then look in the mirror and cry every morning and night because I didn’t look like that fake version of myself that I had created on photoshop. It was extremely detrimental to my mental health, a vicious cycle that in turn made my acne worse.
This image that I posted on the 18th of June 2020 changed my life. It opened so many doors and helped me meet so many inspiring people in the acne community. From sharing my acne journey I’ve found an abundance of self-love and self-worth which has helped me gain confidence in so many aspects of my life.
Use filters for fun and not to completely blur the line of reality & fantasy…
Using filters on your photo can lead to eating disorders, severe body dysmorphia, and even depression & suicidal thoughts.
So, please remember to always love you first, especially when looking at edited photos, as things are not always as they seem
My last major flare-up was September 2020. Nearly 10 years of acne and I could never go more than a month without a flare-up. Every. Single. Period. Would add new breakouts on top of the already red, angry, and painful existing breakouts and I couldn’t get a break at all from it. Does that sound familiar? Because I’m living proof that you will get a break one day. Acne doesn’t last forever. Acne can be managed effectively.
I didn’t do anything special. No diets, no medication, no contraceptive pill or prescriptions. Just good consistent skincare and now I’ve found some good supplements. I’ve used the same skincare for 2 years and nearly 6 months of the same supplement. Consistency is key. None of this trying for a month or two and introducing new things in-between!
Acne doesn’t last forever. Acne doesn’t define you.”
I used to fall victim to how the media advertised beauty. I was really really insecure about how I looked when I had to deal with severe acne. Hence, the filter and editing app came into play:’)
Moreover, there wasn’t anyone that I could relate to—Everyone was covering themselves up (like I was). And there wasn’t many acne positive influencer around at that time for me to look up to.
Bc of that, there were definitely times when I would cry in my room not wanting to go out and meet people because I felt hideous. I felt like I was the only one struggling with this problem and that life was really treating me unfairly.
So if I could meet the younger version of myself, I would definitely tell her this,
And I want everyone who struggles with acne now, to not feel belittled by your skin condition because the right people will stick around anyway!
And for anyone who doesn’t know how it feels to struggle with acne, PLEASE do not try to teach us how to clean our skin and tell us what to use or not to use to clear up our skin. Trust us, we know what we’re doing and we’ve tried everything that you think might work. It’s just not. That. Simple.
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Your skincare isn’t failing you.
So many people ask me to recommend them skincare that “actually works”. But the biggest problem I face as an esthetician is managing people’s expectations. Most skincare “works”.
It’s just the results aren’t as instant or obvious in comparison to editing apps.
On a survey carried out of 1,000 women, it was discovered that the average yearly spend on beauty products was £830.
That figure is probably a lot higher for people like me who have spent most of their adult life struggling with a skin condition.
So an app that costs £30 a year to completely change my appearance subsequently makes me want to spend MORE money on skincare out of sheer desperation to look the same as I do online.
Remember: not all progress is visible.
Why can’t I look like skincare commercials?
Because fake rEaL sKiN is apparently in In the edited picture, you can still see some skin texture, pores, hair, and veins BUT when you see the original, you can tell my spots and skin have been altered
Media ads are not always what they seem— and if it seems too good to be true… it probably is
#7. Naturality is sexier
#8. “Your skin doesn’t determine your worth. It doesn’t take away your strength and beauty.”
Sometimes we’d forget that at the end of the day, behind all those filters and makeups, there’s this real authentic self of us. The ones that will always stay with us in any kind of life circumstances. We should appreciate them more
Remember that the biggest love you could ever get is the love you give to yourself because it’s the only kind of love where you can 100% take full control of it
#11. Skin is skin, and it’s beautiful
#12. Today’s before and after of myself, enjoying time to leisurely do my makeup
#13. I’ve spoken about how much I love Alya skin before and now it’s your turn to try it
This is how the makeup wears on real skin throughout the day.
After applying foundation, my skin texture and blemishes are still visible, but my skin now has a more even texture.
Throughout the day, I reapplied SPF, was sweating, wearing a mask, etc.
So by the end of the day, my skin’s texture is much more prominent, my makeup is patchy, it’s rubbed off in places, and my dry skin is more visible.
But guess what, THAT’S COMPLETELY NORMAL
Be gentle with yourself and your skin progress.
I remember when my acne was at its worst and I felt like all skincare was failing me.
I couldn’t see progress when I looked in the mirror because my skin expectations were unrealistic due to overexposure to airbrushed skin.
I wanted to share this with you today to remind you to measure and celebrate your progress because filtered skin is not a skin type!
… and you might be closer to the finish line than you think
We mustn’t forget all of the beautiful features of real skin, like pores, hair, veins, spots, freckles, scars, and occasional redness
And here, you are welcome as you are. Bring it all: your redness, your spots, your insecurities, your doubts, your struggles. We all face challenges and my only goal in sharing my real skin is to encourage you to love your real skin
#18. It’s normal to show your bare skin
#19. The deception of social media
#20. We’re sure this served as an inspiration!