“Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life.”Wess Stafford.
There is plenty of joy to be found in the journey to embracing one’s imperfections though few often see it: accepting our bumpy roads and missteps as invaluable learning experiences that pave the way for future greatness.
Welcome to #MyimPerfection – a collection of real stories graciously shared by individuals on their path to embracing their true selves, unabashed and unmasked.
This month, we listened in to what seemed like a familiar story – a battle with acne- but what lay underneath was a story of perseverance littered with the rare choice of joy.
The gloomy weather that afternoon had set the mood for a calm, mild and cosy conversation. This was quickly turned on its head when Esther arrived at Porcelain Origins. As she greeted the team around her, her beaming smile and chirpy tone instantly lifted the mood and put everyone at ease. Melodic laughter and lively conversation filled the spa as Esther got ready with our makeup artist. Her warm aura and infallible smile made it impossible to detect the true nature of her journey to embracing her imperfections.
What is your imperfection?
“I’ve been battling acne for a very long time and it really affected me. Subconsciously, when you have acne, you just don’t feel as comfortable. You wonder what others think of you: if they’re judging you or staring at your acne.”
At the beginning of her skin journey, Esther’s skin knowledge was limited much like everyone else. This led her to rely heavily on the recommendations of her family and friends.
“When I was younger, my friends would always point out what products had worked for them and seeing their flawless skin convinced me to try them out.”
While trying and testing the wide variety of suggested solutions, Esther went for facials which begun to stabilise her condition. When her skin had finally gotten better, her acne reared its head again when she left for university overseas. The sudden reappearance had left Esther confused as she attempted to decipher the causes of this outbreak.
“I wasn’t sure what the reason was and it came to a point where I decided to go to a doctor to get help.”
Through her doctor, Esther was prescribed anti-biotics which had a positive effect on her skin. But she soon realised that it was not a long term solution as her acne resurfaced the moment her prescription was completed.
Once more, Esther looked to her friends for help. Amongst the many mismatched recommendations and wasted, incompatible products, 2 had left their mark on her. While overseas, Esther was sold on a trending clay mask that was gaining traction for its ability to deeply remove oils and congestion. Though she had not realised it then, the mask had over-exfoliated her skin, causing it to become sensitive. Believing in her friends’ advocacy of the product, Esther continued to give it a go in hopes that it would alleviate her growing list of issues.
“It took me a while to actually realise that the product was making things worse and I don’t think I would ever want to touch it again.”
The second was laser treatments. In 2017, Esther decided to laser treatments a try, once more with the endorsement of her friends. Though she was apprehensive about the invasive nature of the procedure, she decided to go along with it as her friends’ saw good results from their experiences.
Though her initial instincts were correct, she carried on with the treatments only for her skin to increase in sensitivity, to the point where a simple cleanse would cause spots to flare up.
Finally, a recommendation that worked…
Even though her skin journey thus far had been littered with ineffective solutions, Esther still chose to continue her search for the right solution that would one day provide her with the joys of healthy skin.
After completing her university studies overseas, Esther returned home to hear the final recommendation that would change her skin for years to come.
“I was introduced to Porcelain by my brother.”
During his time in SMU, Esther’s brother had been involved in a competition in which Porcelain was a participating brand. Through that experience, he found out about Porcelain’s approach and decided to recommend it to Esther who was searching for an effective remedy. Given that she had yet to find the skincare solution that worked for her, Esther decided to give Porcelain a shot.
“Though I was with Porcelain for a few months, I saw improvements in my skin. Even my friends and colleagues around me said I looked and felt more confident.”
Even when she went overseas for an extended time or experienced maskne in recent times, Esther was able to restabilise her skin and enjoy the confidence that healthy skin brought.
Despite the roller coaster ride of trial and error that would have stumped many, Esther chose to face them with a smile in hopes that one day, she would soak in the joys of having healthy skin.
A piece of advice for my younger self:
“Don’t just jump into any skincare products without properly understanding your skin and educating yourself on skincare.”
“I recently tried Illuminate and really enjoy that treatment.” Much like Cellin & Mei Ying, Esther’s journey with Porcelain started with the Quintessential and OxyRevive but as her skin improved and progressed beyond acne, she ventured out to give different facials a try.
“Hydro Cleanser and Glycolic Toner are my staples. I began using Hydro Cleanser when I started my journey at Porcelain and I have not switched it since then. The Glycolic Toner always leaves my skin feeling refreshed. Plus, it helps with exfoliating your skin without making it feel too dry.”
The Porcelain Difference:
“It’s definitely the effectiveness. That is something that I personally stand by because it’s proven itself over the years for me.”
We would like to thank Esther for sharing her magnetic personality and refreshingly cheer. We hope it sheds a comforting light on your journey to embracing your own imperfections. Know that your beauty is more than meets the eye and is a result of your unique experiences. We will always be here to journey with you as you embrace them.