If you own a phone that can be labelled as “smart”, I can already name 2 apps you have for leisure. Tell me you don’t have Instagram and Facebook on your phone and I just might think you’re lying!
In a market originally dominated by Facebook, Instagram has quickly overtaken Facebook as the most frequently used app on the web, as our attention spans continue to get shorter and we find ourselves privy to image and video content.
We start to take more pride in our online personas, especially how we look. Every post has to be thoroughly “vetted”, subjected to the myriad of filters, brightness, contrast and saturation… before finally being declared “fit for sharing”.
The people we know probably see us more on Instagram, than they do in real life. The need to “represent” is very real.
The Long Road To Insta-beauty
Let’s not lie about it: every like and positive comment that you get from your new post gives you gratification. Your morale rises with the ascendance of likes, and your mood lifts with every “Looking great” comment someone gives.
Getting insta-recognition does not come easy though. At least 50 selfies will be taken, with one finally being selected after a painstaking selection process that involves a lot of zooming in on your phone.
The picture will then be subjected to an even more tedious round of editing, where third party apps like “Meitu” might even be used, to manipulate the texture of your skin in the picture.
What follows will be the use of filters, to soften the look of that angry zit you have on your forehead, and brightness and contrast to diminish the appearance of those stubborn acne scars or fine lines.
Once you are finally satisfied with the end product after what seems to be an eternity, you finally upload your picture.
Creating a well-received Instagram post is officially a chore.
Except that it really doesn’t have to be.
Keepin’ It Real
What if you had naturally smooth, firm and fair skin, with the kind of quality that using a filter will actually compromise it? What if you can rock the #wokeuplikethis and #nofilter hashtags with a bare-faced selfie when you wake up in the morning?
With the right beauty regime, you absolutely can. Taking care of your skin is a giant leap towards insta-perfection.
Let’s take a look at some of the common facial woes, and how to deal with them.
Uneven skin tone. Filters and editing are only going to do so much to hide the blotchiness of your skin. Overdo it, and your picture will look too heavily edited – you won’t be fooling anyone.
Even out your skin tone and combat blemishes and scarring with some Special Effects, a product that contains natural ingredients to re-texturize roughened skin, balance the tone, and bring out that radiant glow no third-party app or filter can give.
Angry zits/bad breakouts. We all know how sometimes we suffer from breakouts at the most unfortunate times – think a photo opportunity on holiday that is too hard to pass up, at the red carpet under the flashing lights at a gala event… all that jazz.
Before you let that monstrous zit ruin you, don’t even let it show up. Pre-empt all your pimply woes and nip them in the bud with the triple-action fighter that is Skin Rescue. Combating acne, pigmentation and skin redness in one fell swoop, religious application of this product will render you insta-ready for any given occasion.
Saggy skin/lacklustre complexion. This is one of those problems only the black/white filter can salvage, albeit not completely. In fact, if your skin has lost its glow, the use of the black and white filter might actually further accentuate your eyebags and dark eye circles.
The Baby Skin Program is a comprehensive package formulated by local aesthetics clinic SW1 Clinic that concurrently addresses all of the loose skin inherited from aging, and the loss of the glow of youth. Consisting of a gamut of new-edge laser treatments, therapeutic facials in spa settings, and facial wraps… it almost feels as if you’re trading in the old for the new.
Don’t be on Instagram just to play… be there to #SLAY!
Read more: Ulthera Motive: 4 Reasons Why Ultherapy Is the Ultimate Skin Booster