We all love a filter. Swipe, select, and *poof*: pores, pigmentation and imperfections all magically disappear.
It’s no surprise this selfie sorcery has become part of our daily routine. Which is why, when #nofilter flashes onto our instafeed, it warrants a scroll pause. Sometimes the real-life snapshot disappoints – let’s be honest, that Cornish beach pic could definitely do with a wash of Clarendon, but every now and again, the #nofilter is teamed with #skin, and we need to know more.
One lady who caught the nation’s attention with her truthful snaps on Reddit is Michele Manteaw. According to Cosmopolitan, the post, titled ‘Glowy Winter Makeup on Dark Skin’ was actually meant as a makeup how-to, but Reddit users were much more interested in her incredible complexion.
It’s hard to believe her smoother-than-silk skin (not that we’ve touched it) isn’t the result of some serious Photoshop skills, but Manteaw has confirmed the shot is all real. Then she went ahead and admitted to Cosmopolitan that she also suffered from teenage acne, which left her with ‘terrible pigmentation’. Pardon! What? Where? How?
Thankfully, after 333 comments asking just that, Manteaw answered. So what is her secret? Moisturising like mad – which she rightly claims is essential, even for oily skin that can be trying to overcompensate, using a Foreo face cleansing tool and adding in a sheet mask every other week. But the one product she can’t live without? Lush Full of Grace solid serum bar.
Not only does Manteaw’s ‘holy grail’ of skincare answer our package-free prayers, it’s packed with botanical oils, natural butters, and even contains Portobello mushrooms, which are said to have skin-protecting powers.
But most-importantly, if it gives us skin like Michelle’s…well, we’ll promise never to use a filter again.