If I Could Go Back in Time
Anytime I see people with flawless skin, I wish I had taken care of my skin much earlier in life. There are many skincare practices I wish I had implemented in my teen years. Here are some of the tips I’d share with my younger self:
Makeup is not important, skincare is!
During my teen years, the focus was on hiding that pimple or hiding that pigmented skin. I never thought about taking care of my skin properly, rather focused more on makeup to hide the flaws.
Sunscreen is a Must
Sunscreen use was not part of my daily routine and it is by far the biggest regret. The damage caused by sun exposure was not something I knew about early in life. Furthermore, the importance of using sunscreen daily was not something I knew about early in life. I thought it was only for the swimming class or just when I had to go on a trip outdoors. I never knew about SPF’s and its importance in skin health.
Skipping Makeup Removal
I often think about the many times I went to bed with a full face of makeup every night. Going to bed without removing my make up was not a big deal at the time. Today, I know that skipping make up removal can cause bacteria to build, bumps and textured patches on my skin.
Build a Skincare Routine
Thinking back, building a good skincare routine from an early age would have made wonders for my skin today. A skincare routine does not have to be complicated. A cleanser, toner, vitamin c serum and moisturizer is a good start. The easier the routine the more likely you’ll find you can keep up with it.
Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better
When I was younger, I thought that if a product was expensive, it meant it was better. I also thought expensive products contained better ingredients. This is true for some products but not all skincare products. The beauty industry is filled with products and different brands have different audience to cater. So much money is invested into developing a cosmetic lines. Cosmetic products are heavily marketed, and overly designed packaging can hike up the price of the product. In reality, it is marketing that I’m paying for and not quality ingredients with expensive products. I’d rather go for the generic brands.
Do you also have some skincare regrets, please share in the comments!!
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-Written by Sushmita Majumdar