IS SKIN NEUTRALITY THE NEW FORM OF SELF-LOVE?
By mushee cosmetics | January 3, 2023
You have probably heard of the term “skin positivity”, which refers to the idea that we should embrace and celebrate our skin conditions – whether that be acne, scars, wrinkles, blemishes, or some other condition. In theory, while skin positivity is encouraging and promotes us to not beat ourselves up over the condition of our skin, it is not necessarily sustainable in long term as it can often be difficult to maintain such a positive mindset.
Fortunately, the skin positivity movement has paved the way for a new movement: the skin neutrality movement. At its core, “skin neutrality” promotes the belief that skin is just skin, and that accept our skin for what it is.
What is “Skin Neutrality”?
As the name suggests, “skin neutrality” is the idea that of maintaining a neutral attitude towards the state of one’s skin. More specifically, it is the belief that our skin is just another part of our body that does not need attention. The movement encourages us to take a health approach to skin conditions by accepting the fact that our skin will have good and bad days.
Despite the noble aspirations of the movement, it can be difficult to apply the principles of skin neutrality in our everyday lives. Even if one can accept their skin condition, one still has to live with constant societal pressures, judgments and messaging of having radiant, glowing and clear skin.
At its core, “skin neutrality” promotes the belief that skin is just skin, and that accept our skin for what it is.
How Do I Incorporate Skin Neutrality in My Everyday Life?
Taking a neutral approach to your skincare includes simplifying your routine and incorporating gentle products for long-term skin barrier health.
Examples include using a gentle cleanser like our Ready, Fresh, Go! Cleansing Gel that does not strip your skin of its natural oils, pairing it a hydrating serum like our HydroLove Hylauronic Acid Serum and topping it off with our Aloe There Mate! Hydrating Moisturizer. Most importantly, don’t forget sunscreen!
Ultimately, the skin neutrality movement promotes taking a neutral and healthy approach towards skin concerns as opposed to an unrealistically positive one. Just like with most things in life, we must accept the fact that skin has its ups and downs. Even if we may not always love our skin, we can hopefully learn to accept our skin for what it is.
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