Women’s Day is here, so what better time to celebrate how strong and empowered we are. Despite all the pressure and the unrealistic beauty standards of today, every woman deserves to feel confident and comfortable in her skin. Let’s change the conversation around beauty and focus on ourselves first.
Being a woman is not easy, feeling good as a woman is even harder. A new study by OnePoll, in conjunction with the European Wax Center, examined what leads 2,000 American women to feel comfortable in their own skin. The results are impressive.
The average woman feels comfortable in her own skin 11,520 days in her lifetime. That equals 192 days in a year – or 16 days a month. Do the math, and you’ll realize that the average woman in the US likes herself the way she is for only half of her life. So that leaves us with another half spent on worrying about our imperfections.
The same research shows that being comfortable in your own skin correlates to owning your unique self. That includes not trying to fit in and not worrying what other people think, which were the replies given by 35% and 53% of the women surveyed. You don’t have to defend or explain to anyone why you are the person you are. It’s your life, your body, your face. It’s time to feel happier in your own skin and embrace who you are. To love your flaws and own your quirks – even for beauty.
Society and culture made us feel we aren’t enough the way we are. And that we can only feel good if we look good. To which we say: No thanks! Don’t change yourself to impress others. Don’t let others define your worth. Be yourself and let your beauty confidence shine through!
When you choose to be bold, you will discover a sense of self that goes beyond the most expensive toner, serum, or anti-aging cream. You’ll feel different, stronger, and better. With a sense of freedom and confidence, unlike anything you experienced before. A raw, bare-faced, and unedited version of you.
Messages from bold women
So, we asked bold women just like you to share their bare messages on how they’ve started to feel good in their own skin and encourage you to do the same. What makes them feel empowered to love themselves fully? How can you be proud of who you naturally are?
“My personal message of empowerment is to embrace your flaws. They are what make you unique and special! If I didn’t have the pitting left over from my cystic acne, I would never remember the struggles I went through with my skin, and I probably wouldn’t appreciate the skin I have now. Also, becoming a mother really opened my eyes and made me embrace everything about myself. My little guy loves me with his whole heart, whether I have a pimple or wrinkles, and that is what makes me feel whole. ”
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“For as long as I can remember I struggled with what some might call an identity crisis. Being born mixed race, I have never quite felt like I fit in or belonged to any one group. It wasn’t until I became an adult, that I learned to appreciate the importance of family, friends and being unapologetically you. I have learned to see the beauty in being different, and the power in loving yourself completely, flaws and all. There is magic in embracing what makes you unique. No one can take that away from you. Who wants to be like everyone else? Boring! As a practicing lawyer and beauty writer, I still don’t fit into any one mold or box. I’ve learned to love it. Everyone has bad days, insecurities and self-doubt. It’s called being human. We are all a work in progress, and that’s okay. The good news is that each day is a new opportunity to be the best version of yourself. You make the rules. You’re the boss. Be bold. Be brave. Be you. And don’t forget your skincare. :)”
“Nothing is more beautiful than feeling truly confident in your own skin, no matter what. Beauty is a state of mind so embrace your sexiness, always, and give yourself permission to step into your power.”
“In the month of March and all year round, you should allow yourself to love yourself a little harder. Learn to love your soul, body and mind. Those what you call flaws, those unique characteristics should be flaunted and used to show other the power of being unique. You were born strong and everything that came after that added to your power fullness.
Your natural beauty is what makes your authentic, it’s what makes you unique. So be bold and powerful and don’t be afraid to show it.
What made me feel empowered were my downfalls in life. I know what it’s like to be at the lowest but I learned to take on life by the horns and tackle down all the negativity. I have work hard to be where I am in my career, personal life and in my every day life.”
Alondra (Aloe) Betancourt
“We’re gonna be living in our bodies for the rest of our lives, this is our skin for the rest of our lives. If you want to feel more confident about it and you want to feel more beautiful being in your own skin, always put a little extra love and self-care and be able to take care of yourself as much as you can.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others, your qualities and imperfections make you unique and authentic”.
“Embrace the chaos around you that creates your flaws. As women we wake up everyday with different struggles whether you’re a Mom, a student, a step-mom, a dog Mom, a wife, a girlfriend, a friend, a daughter, and the list goes on. Each struggle brings a little more stress which leads to another wrinkle or maybe even a pimple but when you embrace the flaws that make you unique, you become more confident. Confidence makes for a happy woman and a happy life. So let’s embrace the chaos that makes us each unique and be bold, be brave, be YOU while we take charge of our happiness and confidence. ❤️”
“Enough. Depending on the context can be empowering or troublesome. As a model I’m often told I’m not tall enough. I’m not skinny enough. I’m not big enough I’m not white enough. I don’t have enough followers. I leave from castings often times feeling like I’m never enough.
It’s on these days I cry it out, wake up the next day (or two bc lets be honest your confidence can take a beating) and I love myself harder. I play a game where I look in the mirror and give myself 5-10 compliments and until I know I’m MORE than enough. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt inadequate however after my time at the Sports Illustrated Swim casting I fully understood the power behind women supporting women. Making top 60 was just the beginning of my journey. I started paying attention to the media/information I consumed of images of women who didn’t remotely look like me or couldn’t relate to and changed it immediately. Constantly comparing myself was doing damage.
So now I remind myself constantly that I do this so that the next little brown girl will see herself represented in media and know she’s perfect the way she is, she’s enough. You are enough.”
Dare To Go Bare
The Dare to Go Bare campaign supports Bold&Bare’s vision to create a space in the beauty industry for authenticity and setting your own beauty standards. A place where we can deliver clean skincare made from real ingredients that provide real results.
Our mission is to create skincare for modern women, encouraging you to simplify and embrace your real beauty and be bold about it. We believe beauty should be effortless and fit in your busy lifestyle. Not the other way around. We provide easy-to-use, multitasking products that you can feel confident in, because Bold&Bare is skincare for real women.
Take on this amazing journey with the hashtag #daretogobare. Share your story and encourage others to join along.
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