You may have stumbled upon The Outline’s recent article, The Skincare Con, or at least seen it trending on your twitter feed this morning. Scrolling through my own social media, I saw that there were a plethora of divisive comments and well considering the subject matter, I’d like to put out my two cents on the topic.
First of all, I do think the article had some valid points. I mean fair enough, there is too much advertising & pressure on individuals, especially women, to ‘invest’ in extravagant skincare products. I know even I have given a longing look at the Drunk Elephant shelf at Mecca Maxima, just to choke on the price tag. However, I think it is ignorant to introduce a blanket argument that skin care is just a craze and that its place in society is pointless.
As someone who has struggled with both acne and psoriasis, if I didn’t have a fairly strict skin care regimen, I would find my face swollen, red, sore & flaky. I mean there were days when facial expressions were too difficult to muster. Now I don’t use any particularly fancy products when I wash my face, but I do find that its place in my routine is necessary and vital to my health & confidence.
Moving on from a purely functional aspect ascertaining to the importance of skin care, there is a joy that comes from indulging in certain skin care applications. I mean who doesn’t enjoy a face mask while soaking in a bubble bath sipping a glass of wine? There is a certain pleasure that I myself and many others that I know, take from particular elements of a skin care regimen.
I understand that this article was trying more to pinpoint how, many individuals in today’s society are led to believe that you must dip your face in acid to achieve an unattainable goal of celebrity perfection, however, I do not believe that covering the entire ideal of skincare under a blanket and calling it a con was the best way to shine a light on these issues.
What were your thoughts on this? Did this hit home for you or not?
Until next time….