On Body Confidence

As a child I suffered from a handful of skin conditions. As a physician, I now know to call them “atopic”. Eczema, rashes, dry skin, hives – you name it, I had it. Interestingly enough, as the name atopic suggests, it comes from within me. It has nothing to do with touching the wrong plant, using the wrong cream, or being allergic to medication. Quite simply, this diathesis of skin problems originates from the body’s own immune system.

Early on, I quickly grew comfortable in long pants, long sleeves. Not only because I had a tendency to develop eczema a.k.a. those dry flaky patches that tend to crop up in flexor surfaces (i.e. inside elbows, behind knees, in-between fingers), but also because I just didn’t like the shape of my legs as I matured. I thought their shape to be unsightly. The models in the magazines (I was a 90’s kid growing up at the height of “heroin-chic”) all had stick-thin legs, and clothes just looked better on them.

During the winter time I take full advantage of the weather as an excuse to basically never let my legs see the light of day.

I’m going to change that. I’m on a mission to always have smooth, flake-free, downright glossy looking legs this year and I’m so excited to team up with Curél® to make that possible. I’m going to be testing out their new Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, whose water-activated moisture works deep into the skin’s surface, helping to repair the moisture barrier with Advanced Ceramide Complex that immediately absorbs, and promises to be completely greaseless. Bonus for us eczematous types: it’s fragrance-free and dermatologist recommended! It also received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.

If you also suffer from dry skin or atopic conditions such as eczema, feel free to pick up a bottle of the Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for yourself and let’s document the experience together!

outfit details

ASOS sweater

Mango blouse

&OtherStories leather trousers

Hermes Kelly handbag

Dolce Vita boots

David Yurman + Ippolita bracelets

So just what are Ceramides? They’re naturally present in healthy skin and are vital building blocks to maintain skin’s own natural protective moisture barrier. Because the ceramides are present in Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, it allows the moisturizer to penetrate deeply into the source of the dryness, replenish ceramide levels, and repair that finicky moisture barrier.

I’m excited to go on this journey with Curel® towards curing my aversion to shorts and dresses and bring my dry stems out into the world, moisturized and loving life!

Visit Curel.com for more information. Then be sure to follow Curel® on Facebook and Instagram.


Thanks to Curél for kindly sponsoring this post.

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  1. Mirian Lee
    03.12.2017 / 7:45 pm

    Love This post. And I cried because my little three year son already suffered the very description of eczem you shared in the post and I feel for him!! He has started to not want to wear shor my sleeves… I hope it gets better but more than anything, I hope he finds confidence In himself as he grows.

  2. Cindy Arrington
    03.12.2017 / 10:31 pm

    Kristina, I love this post. At a very mature age and three and a half years ago, I developed full blown, body covering, psoriasis. Thank God for a first rate, young dermatologist, who got me started on Stelara. I’m 98% P free now but my face which was always oily, is now dry and a wee bit flaky. I recently discovered First Aid Beauty at Sephora, and while it has worked really well, after watching your most recent You Tube vid about La Mer, I was wondering if, as a physician, you think the brand might make a difference. While hubby said he’d spring for it, that’s a lot of bucks for something that might not work…thoughts? Thanks for your input and I love your channel!

  3. 03.13.2017 / 12:21 pm

    Love Curel and agree with you on Body Confidence. You look amazing in this post and I am just loving the whole look. Embrace!

  4. 03.13.2017 / 12:57 pm

    I’ve never tried Curel, but now I do! Also, you look amazing. I’m loving that sweater and OF COURSE that bag! Congratulations on the purchase, I watched your video and completely fell in love with the bag myself. Thank you for being brave and talking about body confidence, you’re confidence is radiating!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  5. Kristin Rowan
    03.13.2017 / 7:06 pm

    Love this blog post! Great positive message and the photos are beautiful! You look super cute and your Kelly is just stunning! <3

  6. Isaac
    03.13.2017 / 10:44 pm

    A lamp cannot see itself. Your thoughts about the shape of your legs could not be more wrong. We see a lamp, a bright beautiful lamp that is beautiful in every way. As a lamp you sometimes focus on your own shadow. I don’t think there are words to describe how beautiful you are Kristina and I don’t think you know it. Not only outside but equally inside. No kidding. You’re a dream. Stay blessed.

  7. Sandy
    03.14.2017 / 9:00 am

    This so called eczema thing creeped up on me 2 years ago and got me right on the face . Doctor said it was brought on by stress which I was going through. I treated it with a cream the doctor prescribed only to go away for a few days and come back full vengeance. I moved on to the good old natural home remedies my parents taught me. I used organic malva [mallow] tea dry leaves. Brewed the tea, let it steep for a while, run it through a tea strainer, let it cool off completely, pour it either in a bottle or container and use as toner on your face with cotton ball. It’s anti inflammatory, helps the dryness, itching, burning and so on. Has many, many uses. Occasionally I get the itchy feeling with that dryness pinkish look on my skin ‘always in same spots’ and I treat it immediately with the tea for a few days and it gets much better. Also use coconut oil on the areas after the tea. Look up health benefits of malva [mallow] tea. Stay away from those creams. Way too much crap in them.

  8. Sandy
    03.14.2017 / 9:36 am

    P.S. – And as to your legs, girl let me tell you something, nothing wrong with your legs at all!!!! I’m older than you [49] so listen up … wish I had someone tell me this when I was way younger … don’t be so critical and hard on yourself. You have very shapely legs [just like mine]. We are called curvy! Embrace it … embrace everything about you cause as we get older our bodies change drastically and your going to look back at pictures of yourself one day and realize that you really looked awesome and didn’t even flaunt the hell out of your body [in a lady like way of course ?]. Age changes our bodies [every.single.bit. having kids changes our body, everyday our body changes slightly… trust me ?. We’re just too damn busy focusing on that one ridiculous thing and forget how amazing we really are and that someone out there wish they had what we have or aren’t as fortunate for whatever the reason may be. Enjoy yourself, never compare yourself, learn to embrace everything about yourself and understand that curvy women are “da bomb” . Stick legs are over rated! ? Ok? Bye!

  9. Natasha Sanders
    03.14.2017 / 10:10 pm

    I love stripes so I’m in love with your sweater! You look AMAZING! Wish I had your curves! ??

  10. annasarahbee
    03.17.2017 / 2:23 pm

    Girl you are amazing. Also I learned like 6 medical terms reading this. That has NEVER happened reading a blog before.

  11. Stacey
    11.13.2017 / 9:34 am

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re a very attractive and clearly accomplished person. But part of having body confidence –for all of us– is knowing how to dress yourself to take advantage of those aspects of your physical self that are more attractive and distract away from those features that may be less ideal. Someone with thick legs should stay away from skin tight pants. (For the life of me, I have no idea why you choose these.) Especially on your lower leg. Opt for a straight leg, and no leggings, jeggings,skinny jeans, or pants tucked inside boots or booties, evah. You have a gorgeous face and a tiny waist– play these up and maybe draw less attention to your legs.

  12. 02.13.2018 / 4:47 am

    Your expression says that you have fully enjoyed the winter time. And how colorfully you have matched with nature. Lovely style.

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