5 Habits That Will Boost Your Confidence
Every now and then, we all face different struggles when it comes to our skin. This is especially true for teenagers. From acne, to rosacea, to texture, there are many skin types that can be interpreted as imperfections, which in turn, lower confidence.
Here are 5 ways to combat that and boost your skin’s confidence!
Ditch The Filter
With the social media era, we’ve seen the rise of fun dances, exciting trends, and facial filters. However, there has also been an increase in lower self-confidence, insecurities, and anxiety. Face filters can cause a disconnect, creating unrealistic expectations for young women. Although these filters are meant to enhance eye colour, lip size, and show slimmer noses, they’re sending the wrong message. Instead, focus on “being natural” and “being yourself.”
On top of the altered features, filters usually smooth out skin, removing any acne, scarring or irregular texture. Many people even end up looking completely different with filters on!
This eventually leads to unrealistic expectations of what skin is supposed to look like, and fear of judgment about ‘real skin’. Remember: filters are just for fun, and they should be used sparingly. They are not a replacement for your actual skin or features, and they take away from the real you. We’re all beautiful in our own ways and we can’t forget that just because of societal pressures.
Limit Your Time On Social Media
Social media has inevitably become integrated into our lives. However, it’s important to take regular breaks from the online world. Remember, what you see other people posting is only a small snippet of their lives. When you start comparing yourself to others, it’s time to put your phone down, take a break and do something else. Participate in activities that don’t involve your phone. Try reading, going for a walk, or hanging out with your friends in real life. Everything you see on social media is not the whole picture, as others are likely using filters, and showcasing only the highlights in their lives.
When we see famous celebrities and influencers boast about their lives on social media, it’s important to remember that they have flaws as well. Many times, entertainment outlets will post celebrity photos with significant editing, removing any imperfections.
Celebrities also have access to makeup artists to highlight their best features, personal trainers to help them achieve their fitness goals, and plastic surgeons to assist with any procedures. This is especially true for a celebrity such as Khloe Kardashian. According to OkMagazine, many medical professionals observe that Khloe has had several procedures done to her face. However, on her social media channels, she claims to only have had a few fillers. Even celebrities have insecurities about their appearances because they want to project a perfect version of themselves
Focus On The Positive
It’s easy to look in the mirror and criticize everything you don’t like about your skin - whether it’s acne, scarring, pore size, or rosacea. When you’re feeling insecure, try to think about all the things you love about yourself, and your skin.
This extends past your physical features; you can focus on your positive personality traits, activities you excel in or your ability to maintain strong relationships.
We’re Here For You
Although we don’t recommend using filters to drastically change your appearance, if you have acne you’d like to treat, incorporating products from a trusted acne brand can help. Head to our website for more information on Benzagel products and how we can help you treat your acne! We have an entire community where our ‘Benza-Friends’ share tips for skincare, acne treatments and how to boost your self-confidence.
Check out our social channels to learn more about acne hacks, and to read testimonials of how Benzagel products have helped others with their acne. If you want more tips on how to deal with acne or rosacea, the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada is here for you. They are a non-profit organization, providing current and reputable information on these conditions.
Remember, everyone struggles with their skin at one point or another. The key is to remind yourself that you have more to offer than your appearance alone. Try out these actionable tips to boost your self-confidence, through a consistent skincare routine.