How a Good Skincare Routine Boosts Your Self-Esteem

From practicing the 10-step Korean skincare routine, to stocking up on an array of serums, women from across the globe are crazy about skincare. But more than just a trend or a vanity project, an effective skincare routine is essential for one's self-esteem, as the simple act of washing your face is a form of self-care. That said, let's take a closer look at the special connection between skincare and your confidence.

Self-Esteem Is Skin Deep

Have you ever stayed indoors the whole day because you worried about someone judging your acne? There's no need to feel bad about experiencing this, as Psychology Today shares that around one-quarter to one-third of your self-esteem stems from your body image — in other words, your perception of your physical appearance. Contrary to popular belief, ensuring that you have good skin isn't superficial. After all, your skin is the often the first thing people notice about you.

Whether it's receiving a compliment about your clear skin or catching someone looking at your pimple, your skin has a powerful effect on how you feel and how you present yourself. Having bad skin can make you feel insecure, as you become anxious about people noticing your imperfections.

And while it's normal to have bumps and dry patches now and then, a case of bad skin can seriously affect your day-to-day activities when it starts affecting your mental wellbeing. Indeed, experts in psychology at Maryville University have linked mental health to different aspects of everyday life, including how you absorb new information and how well you perform at work. In fact, a study from the University of Bath found that acne patients avoided social activities and even sports, experiencing an overall poorer quality of life due to social anxiety caused by their skin condition.

What's more, the bidirectional relationship between your skincare and self-esteem can make things even worse over time, as poor self-esteem can lead to the release of cortisol. Having high levels of this hormone, in turn, makes your skin more prone to problems such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.

Your Skincare Routine for Better Self-Esteem

With all this in mind, it's important to break the pattern by reminding yourself that your self-esteem should not be determined by how clear or glowing your skin is or even how well you've perfected the latest skincare trend. As our founder and CEO Miri Torres has previously discussed here on the blog, the key to being secure in the skin you're in is to love it and accept all its flaws while taking care of it with natural ingredients.

This means that it's important to skip the frills, and instead, stick to a skincare routine that naturally nourishes your skin. Torres also notes that one of the best ways to treat adult acne is to apply a product with salicylic acid like Arianna Skincare's Active Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum. Prevention is equally important as treatment, which is why you should also invest in the Collagen Boost Repair Mask. That's because increasing your collagen production will keep your skin smooth and supple. When it comes to down it, having healthy skin and self-esteem starts with you.