Growing up, I was never a skin-fanatic and had little to no interest in exploring different skincare products and what worked for my specific skin type, which is dry, sensitive skin. I only started introducing skincare products probably when I started sixth form, and that was only a basic facial wash by the brand Simple. But it worked for me: my skin was dull but clear so I had no reason to complain or look for an alternative product. However, as I got older and become more conscious about my looks, especially after I started my first year at university, I started to become more interested in skincare. One of my first purchases was Argon oil which you apply to your face, which made my skin feel good and healthy, but after the bottle broke mid-semester I quickly forgot about this product and only relied on facial wash in the morning and evening to keep my skin clear. This worked. Recently, I went to the bottom of my snap memories and found pictures and videos of myself without any snap fillers and experienced this awful internal pain when I realised how nice my skin was. This quarantine I had convinced myself that my skin needed repair due to the fact that I had one or two pimples/ spots on my forehead, which someone close to me thought it was appropriate to point out every single time we video called each other. So I started to watch videos by skincare by Hyram on what products would help to improve my skin and wasted my hard-earned money on products I didn’t need.
^^ In the photo above is Mehnaz who, after having had one son and six daughters, had to have 3 abortions in fear that she would give birth to more girls. Her husband had threatened to throw her out of the house if she gave birth to yet another girl, which led to her self-administering herself with toxins including tablets and brews of boiled dates, as well as purposefully lifting heavy things in order to have an induced abortion. This is just one story, but there is most likely so many other stories that are similar to Mehnaz's, not just in Pakistan but in other parts of the world too.