Can I Be Real With You?

 

I don't have great skin. Never have.

Everything comes out in my skin: stress, hormones, diet; the list goes on. I almost let these things hold me back. I was worried that people would look at me and see that my skin wasn't perfect and think that I didn't know what I was talking about. But, I thought to myself, there are probably so many women out there who can relate to me.

Frankly, I am sick of seeing twenty-something-year-old girls on YouTube telling me how to prevent wrinkles... People telling me how to care for my skin, when they've never had those issues, really gets my goat. I've come so far with my skin and with my health, that I know what the journey is like.

In fact, a little over a year ago I was at an all-time low. I was working a highly stressful job, I'd put on 20lbs, and developed wrinkles, in six months. I knew I had to make a change. I had developed unhealthy coping mechanisms and my health was suffering. I finally had the bravery to quit that job, but the owners didn't take it well. Long-story-short: it was a big mess. So, the recovery was a little rough.

I decided to prioritize my health. I started making my own skin care products to repair the damage stress and neglect had done. After a year, I lost the 20lbs and healed most of the damage I had done to my skin. It's amazing all of the factors that play into the health of your skin, especially, stress and diet.

I want to encourage women that, even if you don't have perfect skin, you should take the time to care of it. The same goes for your body. It will pay off in the end. This was a hard thing for me to understand but I finally got it! I have always had hormone-caused skin issues - which means it'll probably never be perfect - but I will continue to care for and nourish my skin, same as I do with my health. For all of you women out there with complicated skin, I feel you. Don't give up caring for your body; it will pay off in the long-run, I promise.

The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli.jpg
Lydia Rose Spencer