Unfiltered advice for loving and caring for your real, live skin.
– KEYS SOULCARE
As far as we’re concerned, the #texturedskin movement is so much deeper than a trend. The rising beauty convo around “embracing your skin for what it is, breakouts, scars, textures, and all” is a ritual we’ve been here for since day one. And besides, showing off your real, live skin — and self — to the world is an invitation for others around you to do the same with vulnerability and confidence. We polled three of our fave skincare content creators for their take on seeing, loving, and living with the richness of real, live, skin — bumps, acne, varied tones, and all — and the tools that help do it so beautifully.
Embrace your skin’s uniqueness
Affirmation inspo for loving the skin you’re in, 24/7.
“My skin is beautifully unique because it reminds me of my Iranian roots — I have an olive skin tone and a full beard that grows very quickly. My skin reminds me of my father’s and brother’s, and I wouldn’t change anything [about it] if I could.” — Koosha Nouri, skincare, beauty, and grooming content creator
“I think the range of color that my skin can create is something I’ve recently learned to love and embrace. In the winter, I really favor my Puerto Rican roots in my skin tone: I’d describe it as a cappuccino color. In the summer, the sun turns my skin into a rich golden brown, and I really feel my best.” — Monet McMichael, skin, makeup, and fashion content creator
“I’ve had it all: psoriasis, cystic acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, etc. My skin is unique, but it grows and changes with me. My skin is a reflection of my current season of life and I’ve learned to really appreciate it.” — Rachel Finley, Hydration CEO
Enlist ingredients and rituals that work best for you
Tools to help you shine, inside and out.
“One of my favorite tools is a spin brush! I can’t stress how much I love this step in my routine. It cleans and buffs my skin the way my hands or a wipe cannot, and leaves such a fresh glow that I’m obsessed with!” — Monet McMichael
“My skincare must-haves are a good double cleanse, a gentle exfoliator at night, retinol a few times a week, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid in the morning, plus a rich moisturizer that keeps [it] nourished and happy. But most importantly, sunscreen is my biggest skincare essential.” — Koosha Nouri
“I’m a die-hard retinol girl — you won’t catch me using a routine without it! It really helps give me a glow no matter if I’m breaking out or totally clear that day. Oh, and pimple patches; I’ll even wear them on dates with my makeup. I have no shame in practicing self-care wherever I am!” — Rachel Finley
Break up with the “perfect skin” myth
Real-life signs that the unrealistic beauty tides are shifting.
“I LOVE seeing more skin diversity on social media and on TV. I grew up in a time when people didn’t dare post on Instagram without a filter so it’s really refreshing to see.” — Rachel Finley
“I had a really mean cystic pimple join me on my chin a few days ago and it really hit at my confidence and urge to film. I really didn’t feel my best and felt like that’s all you could see on my face! I didn’t let it stop me though because that’s the way life goes and we all go through it!” — Monet McMichael
“It is empowering to create content during a time [when] self-acceptance and natural beauty are top of mind. I think celebrating the individuality of people’s skin and embracing imperfections is more important than ever considering how much ‘perfect skin’ is pushed across traditional media channels.” — Koosha Nouri
What are you adding to your ritual toolkit — and skincare mindset — this week? Share in the comments!