Every day Hon Wong spends hours getting ready to face the world, but it's not a question of personal vanity.
The 26-year-old, who lives in Kingstanding, Birmingham, has to endure a lengthy routine of lancing dozens of blisters, cleaning them, applying steroid cream before he can put on his bandages.
Mr Wong has had to perform this routine daily for the last twenty-plus years after being born with a rare skin disorder called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
Young sufferers are often dubbed 'butterfly children' because their skin is so delicate.
But on Wednesday, Mr Wong will take a leap of faith when he does a tandem parachute jump to raise £2,000 for DebRA, the charity which helps EB sufferers.
He was born at Solihull Hospital, but instead of going home with his parents he spent most of his childhood in and out of hospitals.
"At the time not much was known about EB, so I was lucky to be treated by staff at BCH and GOSH," he added.
"I went to The Pines school in Castle Bromwich, which was great because I was with people who were also ' different' in the eyes of the world, because they were disabled.
"However when I started mainstream education at Hall Green Secondary School, I found everyone would stare at me and I felt very uncomfortable there at first but eventually they began to understand my condition.
"I couldn't take part in PE lessons, couldn't play football or rounders, although sometimes I was allowed to play table tennis."
Mr Wong decided to take part in a 12,000 ft skydive at Headcorn Parachute Club, in Kent, following the death of his friend Jonny Kennedy, who featured in a recent documentary The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.
The Channel Four programme charted the final months of his battle against EB-related skin cancer.
Mr Wong, who works in DebRA's IT department, added: "Jonny Kennedy was a real inspiration to me, the way he coped with life.
"The height doesn't worry me, because I'll be strapped onto another skydiver, but the force of the parachute opening will do some damage, it'll probably hurt a lot.
"Jonny also did a parachute jump and abseiling, even breaking a few bones on the latter, but he didn't complain one bit until he was back on the ground - that's what I call brave."
Although the jump may leave Mr Wong with extra blisters, he believes it will be worth it to raise much needed funds for DebRA.
"Each day I have to soak the previous day's dressings in the bath for a few hours, then slowly pierce the blisters with a needle and apply creams to them before I gently bandage them again.
"This routine has become second nature and it does get me down on some days, especially when I see my friends jump out of bed, get dressed and they are ready for the day while I am still doing my medical routine."