SKIN CARE IS SOMETHING I’VE BEEN AWARE OF
from a very young age. As a little girl, I remember watching my grandmother go through her three-step process (cleansing, toning, and moisturizing)
every morning and again at night. I’ve since incorporated the same three steps into my own daily skin-care routine because, as I grew into my teens, acne became a constant concern. As my acne worsened, I began to consider such drastic measures as drugs or procedures. It’s under control now, but I still have ugly red scars
that I cover with makeup every day. Thanks to celebrities, beauty magazines, and my generation’s obsession with selfies, there’s a certain pressure on people my age to have flawless skin. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of microdermabrasion, a process that buffs away the outer layers of the skin and reduces the appearance of scars, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it. It’s expensive and not covered
by insurance — and what if it doesn’t work? Maintaining my regular skin-care routine and applying concealing powder every day is fine for now. In the meantime, I’ll work on accepting the skin I’m in.
~By Kyla Clarke