On Making Peace With Your Skin.

 

We live in an era where self-image comprises a lot of digital exposure. With the advent of numerous social media platforms, we constantly point the camera towards ourselves – it is a kind of self-judgement, but with an unrestricted audience attached. Nowadays, being very confident when it comes to skin became an even bigger challenge. Have you ever tried going #nomakeup not only on Instagram, but actually in real life? Are you a big fan of blurring your skin before posting any snaps?

Not too long ago, in January, British photographer Rankin published an interesting experiment on his Instagram page. Named "Selfie Harm", it started with some teenagers snapshots taken by him. The raw, unedited material was then handed to them so they could edit "until they felt the image was ‘social media ready’", as he wrote. The result? Every single person did some post-production editing on their photos. It doesn't mean that this is a wrong practice in any way, but it does prove that in this day and age we are quite addicted to altering our own image in order to fit into a social media aesthetic we brainstormed altogether. 

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For my latest series, Selfie Harm 🤳 I photographed teenagers & handed them the image to then edit & filter until they felt the image was ‘social media ready’. People are mimicking their idols, making their eyes bigger, their nose smaller and their skin brighter, and all for social media likes. It’s just another reason why we are living in a world of FOMO, sadness, increased anxiety, and Snapchat dysmorphia. It’s time to acknowledge the damaging effects that social media has on people’s self-image. Thanks to: the incredible individuals that took part in the @Visual.Diet project; Jennifer, Felix, Alessandra, Maisie, Isaac, Seb, Beneditcte, Shereen, Mahalia, Eve, Siena, Tomas, Emma & Georgia. Also, @mimigray_ at @mcsaatchilondon, @marinetanguyart, @gemfletcher, @technicallyron & @justintindall on making this project come to life 🙌 PLEASE NOTE 📝 The majority of subjects preferred their original image.

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In the middle of all that digital pressure we find it hard to ignore, skincare rituals became not only a trend amongst millennials, but also acts of self-love. Investing in good products and treatments prove to be quite helpful if you suffer from severe skin conditions – that is what patients of Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 111SKIN and renowned Cosmetic Surgeon, demonstrated. The brand, created a
long his wife Eva, started to cater for their ever-growing demand outside the clinic walls. What once was a patient protocol truly became a life mission, currently reaching 5 different continents. 

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Now it's your turn.
What is your skin story? 
We want to hear it.


Do you feel that social media platforms have a direct impact on your self-esteem? Are you a fan of perfecting skin by using editing apps? Please
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