This Blogger's #NoMakeupSelfie Shows the Reality of Eczema
Yet another reminder not to trust everything you see on Instagram.
Fit blogger Carys Gray recently hopped on board the body-positivity train, showing what it's really like to live with eczema. The founder of Busybee Booty Building Guide shared the refreshingly honest reality check to debunk myths about the seemingly perfect and flawless skin you see on social media every day.
In a side-by-side comparison on Instagram, Gray shows what her skin looks like most days with makeup, but also what it can look like naturally. "We all have good days and we all have bad days," she writes. "I have a skin condition called eczema and sometimes my skin is happy as Larry and sometimes it has flare ups."
Eczema affects more than 31 million Americans, yet it's not often discussed and is highly stigmatized. That is why it's so awesome for young people with far-reaching influence like Gray to speak openly about it and raise awareness. (Check out these natural eczema remedies you haven't tried yet.)
"Social media/Instagram will show the good days....the good parts of people and their lives and that's ok," she continues. "But here's a reminder that next time you see something on social media that you think is 'goals' that it's not the full story, it's not how that person will look or be alllllll the time!"
That said, Gray admits that accepting your imperfections is much easier said than done.
"I'm still struggling to accept myself on the right," she says of the makeup-free selfie. "It's a big insecurity of mine and that's fine. I'm learning to accept myself knowing that everyone has their own struggles and insecurities and that's what makes us unique and special."
Gray's powerful message has already garnered more than 80,000 likes, causing her followers to share an overwhelming amount of support.
Thank you, Carys, for reminding us to celebrate ourselves and that we are all beautiful just the way we are.