My skincare, my way
I love the skin I’m in! It’s taken me years to do this as, I’m sure like many of us do, we poke and prod our faces and scrutinise the way we look. Bombarded with unrealistic and edited images in magazines and social media, it can kind of take its toll on how we feel about ourselves and unrealistic expectations of what natural beauty looks like because people aren’t showing their true selves, they’re heavily editing themselves!
The wonderful team at ‘Yes to’ have always been advocates of ##YesToSkinPositivity follow the hashtag on Instagram!) and are launching some of the ‘Yes to tomatoes’ range in Sainsburys (you can also buy in Boots, Beauty Bay, Lookfantastic and Feelunique!).
What’s also great about Yes to is that all their products are cruelty free (leaping bunny approved nonetheless!), and most of their products are great for vegans! A few use animal-produced or derived products like beeswax and honey, but they’re very transparent about this, you can read more about that side of things on their webpages.
As per their website… All of our products are made with at least 95% NATURAL ingredients, and you can tell the exact percentage on the front of each package. Natural ingredients are those that come from or are made from a renewable resource found in nature (Flora, Fauna, Mineral).
I’d also like to point out that their face wipes are BIODEGRADABLE!!!! Which makes for a happy eco blogger!
What is the Yes to tomatoes range?
Good question! The Yes to tomatoes range has been developed as a blemish-clearing, spot-fighting, oil controlling natural skincare range. Tomatoes are known to have antioxidant qualities which are great for battling those oily patches and tightening pores! It’s ideal for combination to blemish-prone skin.
The ingredients include bacteria-fighting salicylic acid, calming lycopene from Tomatoes and vitamin C to help heal and clear skin. From facial wipes to daily repair treatments and paper masks to moisturiser, Yes to Tomatoes has everything you need to prep, purify and treat problem skin but still have fun with your skincare routine and make you feel like the superstar you are!
My Pale Skin
You may (or may not, perhaps?) remember back in 2015 blogger and all-round lovely lady Em Ford created a YouTube video which went viral, entitled ‘You look disgusting’. This video centred around her showing her face with and without makeup, without showing her acne in it’s full glory. On came the trolls saying how she looked ugly, how disgusting it was etc. In her blog, Em goes onto say…
“I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we’re so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that It can be hard to remember the most important thing – You ARE beautiful.”
On from that followed a movement about skin positivity and the hashtag (via Instagram) #YOULOOKDISGUSTING, which currently has 2547 follows.
We have to realise and understand that being ‘different’ is beautiful, and we’re all beautiful in our own way! Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise! There is no ‘normal’.
What my skin is like
I’ve found now that I’m in my 30’s my spots have actually gotten worse. I have mostly breakouts during hormonal cyclical changes, mostly around my chin, mouth and nose. Also, any other glasses wearers get them around the bridge of their nose too?! Ugh! I also have a lot of redness around my nose and cheeks which can be difficult to manage at times. Saying all this, I’m still me and I’m still happy in myself!
The Yes to tomatoes range is working so well for me and my skin, I’m finding after three weeks of usage my skin is brighter, clearer, less oily around my problem areas and I’m feeling more confident to step-out without layers of makeup on. The brand really sings to my soul, and works wonders on my skin! Long live Yes to tomatoes!