Happy Monday everyone! I know, it's been a minute since I posted at all, much less about skincare. I've been getting a lot of questions from people on Twitter and Instagram asking me skincare questions, so thank you all for assertively encouraging me to start talking about my skin regime, thoughts about skincare, and other skin-related things! If you want to know the basics of my skincare answers, click here for FAQs.
I'll admit April hasn't been the cleanest month for me in terms of the kinds of foods I've been eating, so my skin hasn't been its best lately. But that's exactly what I wanted to talk to y'all about. Would you take skincare advice from someone who doesn't have clear skin? Depending on this person's dedication to and knowledge about skincare, I would say the answer should be yes.
I say this all the time, but skincare is for everyone. Skincare should be natural, accessible, and universal. Here's what skincare means to me and how it should be practiced:
- Being conscious of what you put in your body and on your skin
- Respecting your body and skin, by loving it instead of shaming it
- Accepting that skin body will do things that you don't always want it to do, but learning to accept and embrace it always. Not just on the good days.
- Recognizing that we all have different skin needs
Here's what skincare isn't and myths about skincare that we need to debunk:
- Expensive products that contain harmful chemicals and don't consider the variations in skin type
- Using expensive products as an excuse to eat poorly because "it will balance out"
- Equating skincare with having clear skin, all the time
- Equating skincare with money and class privilege
- Assuming that people with acne, discoloration, acne scars or other skin conditions don't take care of their skin
Hopefully with those two brief lists you now have a better understanding of what I believe about skincare. I'm frustrated with the way that we talk about skincare. While I do acknowledge that what we consume has an affect on our skin, telling people to "just drink water" won't alter the chemicals and hormones contributing to whatever condition our skin is in. There's more to skincare than drinking water and washing your face twice a day.
Skincare should be part of an effort to live holistically and consciously. I think that as you become more conscious of what you put in your body and how those items can drastically improve or mess with your skin, the more you'll want to make cleaner choices in other sectors of your life. For example, after a year and a half of immersing myself in the natural skincare world, I started to think about how I want to take care of my whole body, not just my skin. I'm considering going vegetarian, I've started doing short yoga sessions when I can, and I'm becoming more conscious of the foods I eat. (Dairy is so hard to give up.)
Skincare should also be inclusive of people's skin types, income, access to natural ingredients, and the time that they can dedicate to it. Not everybody can spare 20 minutes to masking and exfoliating; though it doesn't seem like a long time, we need to be careful about the ways that we talk about skincare. We can't assume that everyone has the same abilities or freedoms as ourselves.
I'm into skincare because I believe it's part of larger conversations about nurturing and maintaining our bodies, skin shaming, and classism. There is more to skincare than the products that we use, though that is an important element of the practice. There is more to skincare than having clear skin, though that could be a result of being more conscious of what you consume and apply topically. Skincare is a process that requires us to accept our skin, while actively doing what we can to show it respect. Are you down?