Over the past six months I have started to become confident in my own skin and overcome the fear of leaving the house without any make up on to now being happy to be out and about bare faced.

It has been a long time to get to this moment and I can't believe it's taken three lockdowns and having a baby to finally realise that I'm happy with my face, yeah there's quite a lot of imperfections but who cares, pretty much everyone will have something they're uncomfortable with. Looking at it now, I don't believe it's down to caring what other's think of me, it's more about not being so harsh on myself, I've zero time to worry about these things as my priorities have changed. I mean, look, I've just shared a photo of myself on the Internet without wearing any makeup - who even am I?

Since I was a teenager, maybe even younger, I have suffered with bad acne. It got so bad that at one point I had to see my doctor and was prescribed some medication to try and help; this ranged from mild antibiotics as my immune system was too weak to fight them to different types of gels and creams. This resulted in wearing make up six or seven days of the week, mainly if I was leaving the house. I'm talking a heavy duty foundation and a mix of concealers to try and mask the breakouts, it didn't even matter if I would be only visiting family, I had to wear make up. 

As I've got older, my hormones have stabilised alongside my immune system and I don't need to be reliant on medication, I use skincare to maintain and/or help the breakouts. Still, I felt the need to wear make up religiously - well six out of the seven days as I'd allow my skin to breath for 24 hours at the weekend. However, it has all changed since the third lockdown and becoming a mum. Actually, I will put it down to being lazy more than anything and with my breakages being around my nose, chin and cheeks which can easily be hidden when wearing a mask. It has lead me to being way more comfortable in my own skin and it's made me realise that I now wear makeup because I like it and I want to create different looks, not the fact its for others and to hide my spots. Did you know, I can count how many times I've worn makeup since New Years Eve 2020 on both hands? 

It's mad to think it has taken something as serious as a pandemic and having a baby to make me realise this. I'm still nowhere near perfect and I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to the right skincare for me but I wanted to celebrate this moment and hope that I can inspire others to feel comfortable in their own skin too. 

Alice xxx