Some of us see our conditions as something positive, others see them as ‘suffering’ and others simply feel they’re mis-understood. I’ve created the page ‘we love the skin we’re in’, so that we can share all skin stories from all walks of life, no matter the tale.
I receive emails on a daily basis from so many people all over the world, with all sorts of skin conditions that are physically nothing like eczema.
The fact that so many people with totally different conditions come forward to tell me they ‘know how I feel’ just made me realise that it doesn’t matter what the skin issues, emotionally we are all the same and we really should take advantage of that. What’s your story?
PATCHING UP THE NEGATIVES WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Many of us at some stage in our lives have suffered with low self-esteem due to our skin conditions and for some of us that means we try to cover it up for confidence and for others it means that we incorporate our skin into our ‘style’ to feel confident in ourselves, just like the famous model ‘Chantelle Winnie’ who has made her skin condition apart of her image and therefore made it a unique selling point. She uses her condition to her advantage and doesn’t let it hold her back. These are the sorts of role models the kids of today are growing up with which is a wonderful thing. To think of how much the world has developed since I was a child is incredible! It’s certainly a step in the right direction that’s for sure.
Is that not the most beautiful picture by the way? Just saying. ❤
For those of you who can wear your skin with pride I salute you dearly, but for some of you who like to cover it up, I’m sure have been down a very difficult path to disguise your condition.
There’s one inspirational lady who certainly has been there and as a result of the frustrations caused by the inability to cover up her skin, due to the current beauty market not catering for such a condition, (we can all relate to that) she thought she’d take matters into her own hands and create her own product.
Polly has had a condition known as Vitiligo for nearly 20 years. You may have recently seen her on your TV screens in a programme aired on TLC called ‘Too ugly for love’. I know right, terrible title but putting that aside, it was incredibly brave of Polly to step out into the world wide media and use it as a platform to raise awareness for vitiligo. Polly is not only a person battling with a skin condition, she is also the creator of ‘Vitiliglow’, an innovative body foundation which helps to give an even skin tone specifically for those with vitiligo.
What is vitiligo exactly? Vitiligo is a condition in which areas of skin lose their normal pigment and so become white. It is common, and affects about 1% of the world’s population.
Whilst I would never recommend ‘Vitiliglow’ for eczema sufferers, Polly’s story is the perfect example of someone who has taken their skin problems and turned them into something positive. You can read more about Polly’s story and her product on her blog… http://www.vitiliglow.co.uk/blog
I am so lucky to be in such close quarters with such an inspirational lady as we currently live in the same town and her touching story is one I just had to share with you guys.