A distant friend then commented on it saying "ahh you have amazing skin! I'm so jealous" Clearly she hasn't seen me in real life lately!
I instantly felt guilty. Here is someone who is comparing my digitally enhanced skin to their raw, natural state. I did reply with a witty comment about the power of an Instagram filter, but I still felt like I had single handedly betrayed the female population.
original photo vs edited version
I edit 99% of my photos in the same way (regardless of if they are photos of me, my son, or anyone else). I have always had an interest in photography, and as technology has advanced, my interest in photo editing has also advanced. I think most females would be lying of they said they have never applied a filter to enhance their photo.
Regardless of if its a friends Instagram photo or an picture in a magazine... Don't let yourself feel inferior by comparing yourself. We live in a world where the pictures we see of other woman are almost certainly going to be touched up. So lets embrace it; filter your pictures until your heart is content... Just don't compare your 'untouched' self to a picture of someone which may not be quite so untouched!