Use Your Skin To Change Your Life

Keira Barr, MD shares how to leverage your reflection to reimagine how you want to live your life.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who looks the most wrinkled and tired out of them all?

Did you just raise your hand?

Well, if you’ve made it this far in life, no doubt there are a few more sags, fine lines and wrinkles than your younger years.

Those changes in your skin are messages about how you’ve lived!

Those dark circles from tossing and turning on countless nights.

The delicate lines from laughing your ass off at all the crazy things you’ve done with your family, your friends, and yourself.

The furrow between your brow from worrying about your loved ones and what’s next.

I feel you, because I am right there with you.


But here’s the thing.

Your skin tells your story.

It tells the story of your past and your present, and is a canvas to reflect your future.

As your largest and most visible organ, your skin is a reflection of your overall state of health and well being.

What shows up on your skin gives clues to what’s happening beneath it.


Your skin tells your story. It tells the story of your past and your present, and is a canvas to reflect your future. Click To Tweet


Consider this, rather than seeing those dark circles, dark spots, and thinning brows as your body sabotaging your mojo, what if you saw these findings as messages that your body needs your loving attention.

The same kind of attention you dote on your kids, spouse, friends and loved ones is what your body is asking of you with these hot flashes, headaches, mood swings and blemishes.

For example, those dark circles under your eyes that you are desperate to cover up are your skin and body’s way of telling you to tune in to what’s happening in your life.


What shows up on your skin gives clues to what’s happening beneath it.


I’ll grant you that some of us have a genetic propensity towards dark circles and have had them since childhood, but for the vast majority of us their presence is an opportunity for self-reflection and upleveling your self-awareness.

Instead of trying to cover them up with make-up, consider asking yourself:


  • How much sleep am I getting and how sound is that sleep?
  • Is there anything on my calendar purely for adding pleasure into my day?
  • What am I doing up until I go to bed at night…bingeing on NetFlix, scrolling on Instagram or Facebook?
  • Is pouring that extra glass of wine messing with my zzz’s? (the answer is yes🤓)
  • What toxins am I consuming?


And I’m not just talking about what’s in your food, personal care and household products, I’m talking about your thoughts…..your mind-body and skin are intimately connected.

Rather than trying to cover up the evidence your body is providing you, use it to your advantage. Get curious. Be inspired.

You have the power to take charge of your health and your life and create the version of yourself in mid-life that blows your own mind!


The first step in the process is taking notice.

It requires that you have a willingness to read into the story your skin has been telling about your past and is currently telling you now, so that you can make an intentional decision about whether you are happy with the story or you have a desire to edit it or completely rewrite it for the next chapter of your life.

You only have one precious life and you have a heck of a lot more life to live and YOU get to decide how you want to live it.


Rather than trying to cover up the evidence your body is providing you, use it to your advantage. Get curious. Be inspired.


If you love your story, let’s celebrate it and shout it from the rooftops as you strut into rooms feeling sexy, bold, courageous and confident in your skin!

If you’re not convinced your story is your best-seller or you’re ready to create a new one, let’s celebrate that too because you already have everything you need to jumpstart the process, you just need some guidance on how to naturally get yourself back into balance, and I’m here to help you (Dr. Keira Barr’s COACH page here.)

Think of it this way, healthy skin turns over cells every 28 days, naturally shedding layers and getting rid of dead and dysfunctional cells that are no longer serving the health, vitality and integrity of your skin barrier.

When your natural exfoliation cycle is off track and your skin retains cell layers, your complexion appears dull, sallow, prematurely aged and can show up as acne or the formation of milia, those little cysts that look like whiteheads but don’t pop. (FYI: don’t try or you’ll damage your skin).

The collateral damage is that normal functioning of your skin is disrupted and associated with inflammation, congestion and hormone imbalance.


The same principle applies to your life.

If you are holding onto thoughts, beliefs, habits, emotions, people, and obligations that are not serving your greater purpose and passion, then they are masking your glow, radiance, and compromising your health and vitality physically, mentally, and emotionally.

If that resonates with you, then it’s time to exfoliate the old ways of doing things and shed the layers that aren’t serving you personally or professionally to reveal the layers that will.

It’s time to go “Skinny Dipping” ! (This is the process I take all of my clients through so that you have more time, energy and motivation to do what you love!)

Are you in? Believe me, if you are willing to go all in, “getting naked will never have felt so good💗!”

Are you ready? Let’s go!


(Check out Dr. Keira Barr’s COACH page here.)


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