Reading Time: 6 minutesFor years, one thing I have struggled with is looking tired – even when I am not. I have had coworkers say “awe, you look so tired today”, friends comment on it, and family members encourage me to get more sleep. But the fact is, I stick to a healthy sleep schedule, and even when I wasn’t tired – I looked tired. That all changed though when I began changing a few things in my life: products, diet, and healthy routines. So, if you’re like me and are being bombarded with “awe, you look so tired today” when you’re not – read on! Growing up, I never really wore makeup. My mom was quite strict about it, and even to this day will comment on my makeup if she notices I’ve gone for a more “glam” look. She always wanted to keep my skin as fresh and makeup-free as possible. And honestly, I never minded it. I had really clear and easy to care for skin growing up. While my skin was sensitive to products, I never had issues with acne. Maybe the odd case of dry skin thanks to my hypothyroidism – but that was really it. So when I got into my 20s and began having earlier mornings for work and later nights for socializing, I started to really notice that my skin was changing. It wasn’t as easy anymore, and it began to look more dull and tired. Even when I got a solid 8 hours of sleep, my skin wouldn’t have that natural glow it once had without any effort or care. On my 25th birthday, I decided that enough was enough and it was time to focus on skincare to take back that glowy complexion I once had. So let’s fast forward to today. Sure, I have some circles and my complexion isn’t perfect – but, I feel pretty confident going out without any makeup on. While I fully believe and wish we all felt confident going out without makeup on, I know many of us are shy about leaving the house sans-makeup because we are insecure about the natural state of our skin. I’ve heard so many friends and family members (and myself included) say their skin was too dull, patchy, or ruddy to leave the house without a stitch of makeup on. Today though, I am going to share with you a few things that have helped me get to a place where I feel more confident and happy with my glowing skin, and maybe it could help you too!