Progress Over Perfection
Updated: Jul 21
Healthy skin and perfect skin are not synonymous.
We would all love to have “perfect” skin, but sadly, genetics play a huge part in our skin type and condition.
We can do all the right things, spend all of the money on the best products and the most abrasive treatments, but some things are out of our control.
Your pores are your pores. The appearance of pore size can be reduced, but you can’t shrink large pores.
Acne doesn’t mean you have poor hygiene.
The most faithful morning and night routine with the best skincare line alone won’t repair repair scarring alone.
Melasma can surface from pregnancy, it doesn’t mean you weren’t protecting your skin from the sun.
Having flawless skin doesn’t necessarily mean you properly care for your skin or even worked hard to get there. Similarly, having imperfections doesn’t always mean that you don’t know how to care for your skin or don’t do the right things.
I used to be discouraged not having the best skin because of this job and some days, I still am. I would convince myself that people would think “well her skin doesn’t look good, so why should I think she can help me with mine?” But I have come to realize that I am so passionate about skin because I did have so much trouble with my own. It doesn’t make me any less knowledgeable, but has driven me to be more educated in this line of work in hopes to give people the best results with their challenges.
If your skin is flawless, still wash your face and use a good skincare regimen for your skin’s health. If your skin is troubled, still wash your face and use a good skincare regime for your skin’s health.
I recently did a treatment for acne scarring and it did reduce the appearance of them, but I still have the scars. Scarring is tough to repair. For optimal results, it’s suggested that I undergo a few more treatments. I’m also starting on a topical prescription retinol to work on the scars on its own and to toughen up my skin if I do decide to pursue more treatments.
My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s made so much progress. My acne is under control, my skin is hydrated and not dry, my texture, tone, and dark spots have improved. I don’t bake in the tanning bed causing future damage that I can’t even see yet. My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s healthy.
Aim for and focus on progress in your skincare journey, not perfection and don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s so easy to focus on our own imperfections but they are the most noticeable to you.
Things we can do for our skin regardless of its condition:
Practice good dietary habits
Drink lots of water
Be faithful to a skincare routine with good products appropriate for your skin type and condition
Get routine facials and treatments for correction or maintenance or just because you deserve it!
Most importantly, celebrate your progress and don’t dwell on perfection (in all areas of life)