Anti-Aging Secrets: Embrace Your Perfectly Imperfect Skin

I’ve spent a lot of time looking in the mirror lately. And let me tell you, self-reflection is an uncomfortable thing. It’s never easy being alone with your thoughts or sitting in silence, trying to figure out if you like the person staring back at you and thinking about if you’re comfortable with the decisions you’ve made and if you’re proud of the person you’re becoming. Sometimes that answer is yes, and sometimes that answer makes me think a little harder to become more comfortable in my own skin.

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Although some days can be difficult, I can honestly say that every single path in my life has been the right one for me at that moment in time. As I’ve been reflecting on how I feel in my own skin, it’s a good reminder of how we are all uniquely imperfectly perfect, and instead of holding ourselves to impossible societal standards and constantly being let down, if we dig deep and embrace the fact that we are all unique, in our flaws, the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

To be happy and age gracefully, we have to really understand that beauty comes within. It’s from our faults, trials, imperfections, and stumbles that we find some of our greatest blessings—our “springboards” to becoming the strongest person we can possibly be! In doing so, we start to realize the importance of self-care. We have to treat ourselves, our bodies, and our skin with grace. You guys, the best anti-aging tip I can give is being comfortable in your own skin.

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Pink Satin PJ Set (available here+ similar Cami style set here) // Skincare products: (use code HeidiVIP30 for 30% OFF) Athia lip trio , Athia Daily Moisturizer, Athia Daily Cleanser

Obviously, skincare is important to me. I’ve shared my mom’s best kept anti-aging secrets and why lips are important to your skincare routine. So when I was approached to become a part of Athia, one of my favorite skincare lines, from the ground level, I was beyond thrilled.

But, as I’ve talked about before, sometimes you just have to say no (spoiler alert: I eventually said yes). When this opportunity came up, the timing just wasn’t right. Transform was also going through a huge growing period, and let’s just say, relationships were changing. One more thing on my plate felt like the whole thing could come crashing down. But, one of the biggest things I’ve learned in this lifetime is that, sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself and the best way to show yourself love is getting comfortable with saying NO.

In order to stop the chaos of everything that was happening in my world, I had to admit that even if I wanted to take a chance, saying no was probably the best answer—both in life and in business.

Fast forward a few more years, and as I got older (and I like to think a little wiser), I made the decision that I was no longer living in a period of NO, and it was time to embrace the YES. And even though I’d been talking to Athia because I felt so passionate about what they were doing, I decided to jump wholeheartedly back into my skincare journey with Athia…a truly amazing and inspiring partner.

Creating these products with Athia has been a labor of love. The truth is that this isn’t about anti-aging. Growing older and growing wiser are beautiful things, and they’re things we should ALL embrace rather than try to avoid. It’s about aging gracefully, feeling empowered, taking care of yourself, and putting yourself higher up on the list, especially if you’ve spent years toward the bottom. Self-care is a MUST, and here’s another anti-aging secret: Beauty sleep is a real thing, ladies!

There are all these sayings about beauty: It’s only skin deep, happy girls are the prettiest, and that real beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. I’d like to add one more to the list: True beauty comes from being honest and authentic—in all aspects of your life. It’s about being true to yourself, feeling confident in every single decision you make, and everything you decide to stand for.

The best part is that Athia stands by that 100%. They’re honest and authentic because they are made with only the cleanest ingredients. I wanted products that made us feel good every single time we used it, products we could feel confident about and confident putting on our skin, and products that we knew without a shadow of a doubt would do exactly as it promised. A product that would keep its word—a value I hold so dear to my heart.

You guys, there are parts of us that are broken. It’s in these jagged imperfections that we can allow the light to shine in. There’s a freedom in embracing our imperfections, and a weight that can be lifted from our shoulders when we learn to truly look in the mirror and love ourselves, both internally and externally, scars and all. We are all beautiful in our imperfect state of being.

Giveaway Alert

In the spirit of falling in love with yourself, your skin, and your skincare routine, I’m giving away some Athia goodies. Five lucky winners will receive the lip trio (Athia coconut lip scrub, lip mask, and lip pumper). No purchase necessary to enter.

Giveaway ends on Wednesday (10/7) at midnight PST.

To enter to win:

  • Follow me (@realheidipowell) and @athiaskin on Instagram
  • Tag someone who is perfectly imperfectly from the inside out on my latest Instagram or Facebook post.
  • Leave a comment below ??telling me your favorite perfectly imperfectly feature and how you plan to get more comfortable in your skin.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being a part of my journey. And I can’t wait for you to fall in love with this line from Athia!



Related reading:

Best Anti-Aging Secrets: Why You Can?t Skip the Lip
My Mom?s Best Kept Anti-Aging Secrets for looking YOUNGER, LONGER
Keep It Simple: My Morning Routine

21 Responses

  1. I had my comment completely written and was entering my info. And it switched out and I lost it?! That stinks! I ruined my skin with too much sun and junk food but never too late to do better! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. My perfectly imperfect feature is my mid section, but that midsection has lived a lifetime and carried 4 beautiful babies so I?m going to be easier on myself (as we all should) and focus on more important things.

  3. I?m going to get more comfortable in my own skin by living my best life and truly not caring about what others think of me. I?m hydrating and moisturizing and wearing lots of sunscreen!

  4. I have had such difficulty looking at my aging skin each day. Ever since I had a full hysterectomy at age 50 my skin has started aging rapidly. I am now 57. I have begun wrinkling and have sagging skin which makes it difficult to be comfortable in my own skin. I have always taken great care of my skin and eat healthy and drink lots of water. My DR. told me when I asked her recently what I could do to stop aging so quickly she said keep eating healthy and take care of your skin. She said to be thankful that I have taken good care of myself because if I hadn?t my skin would be much worse. She said it?s in the genes and that I need to look in the mirror each day and tell myself what I love about the way I look. Even if it is the smallest thing write it on a sticky note and place it on my bathroom mirror everyday for 30 days. I said ?30 days?? I could not possibly find 30 things to tell myself what I like about the way I look!! She told me to dig deep. If I am honest with myself I can find a million things I love about the way I look. I am on day 13 and she is right.. I never realized how much I have been hurting myself by always seeing the negative in me when I look in the mirror. Starting to slowly to feel comfortable in my skin. Looking forward to re-reading my sticky notes and adding to them beyond the 30 days. I will hopefully one day look in the mirror and say ?I feel comfortable in my skin?. ?I love how I look and who I am?.

  5. Thank you for this! I’m really trying to love myself more and embrace my imperfections. It’s a life-long journey. ??

    1. Hi Everyone and Thanks Heidi! I’m trying to focus on small things right now like hand and body lotion even when I’m lazy at night! Lol And I have this one laugh line that kinda bugged me at first, but I realized I have that because of so many things that made me smile! how can I wish THAT away?!!

  6. I?ve been having a love hate relationship with my skin lately…constantly looking in the mirror and seeing small differences in my skin as I age. Self image has always been a huge issue for me. I?ve been through an eating disorder and I?ve alway had a scewed vision of my self-image. No matter what anyone says. I?ve been doing a lot of self help lately and personal work on myself and I feel myself healing slowly but surely.

  7. My thighs/ hip area us my perfectly imperfect area. I have learned to embrace the thickness of them by realizing what they do/have done for me. They helped me to be althetic for most of my life and they helped me to build a strong foundation for carrying my son for 9 months??

  8. The biggest way I am becoming comfortable in my own skin has been through integrity and mindfulness. Being mindful of the words I speak to my self and making sure I keep them positive! I am also practicing some self love by taking care of my skin which is relatively new to me!

    1. Awesome! Me too! Learning that words and thoughts do matter. So I need to speak life!, and not negative thoughts about myself.

  9. My favourite perfectly imperfect feature is that I?m double extended! I?m going to start waving my arms around more and it?s totally ok that ppl stare!

    1. My mommy tummy is my spot. I’m learning to appreciate what my body can do. I wouldn’t trade my son for the world so I’m going to stop wishing away the pouch.

  10. One of my perfectly imperfect features are the dark purple circles under my eyes. I’ve had them for many years, and they have gotten much worse since I had my 2 daughters. Haha I have tried many eye creams to no avail… so I have decided to embrace them (with a little dark circle concealer) and smile more. Happy girls are prettier ?

    1. My perfectly imperfect feature is a scar above my eyebrow from when I fell when I was younger. I?ve decided to embrace it by not covering it up and reminding myself that it is a battle scar and nothing to hide.

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