How I wish I could go back in time and give myself some skincare advice. I’ve committed my share of “skin sins” through the years. Some of those skincare mistakes I made because I didn’t know of at all and some I didn’t realize the importance of. After all, at that time I still had young, beautiful skin so I didn’t stress over it.
Since I can’t go back and advise the younger me, I’m hoping these tidbits of advice help someone else.
1. Don’t Bake Your Skin In Tanning Beds Or The Sun
Tanning was the thing you did back then. It was considered unpopular and unattractive not to have a tan. So, I tanned. Or tried to, since my naturally pale skin doesn’t tan easily. What the actual reality was really like is that I burned my skin repeatedly in hopes of keeping a bit of color after the burn went away. SO unhealthy! And now I’m at an increased risk for skin cancer and I’m seeing some wrinkles that probably wouldn’t have appeared for several more years if I hadn’t had so much sun and tanning bed exposure.
2. Instead, Protect Your Skin From The Sun
I’d also tell myself that avoiding tanning isn’t enough; you actually need to protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is most important but beach hats and sunglasses can help too when you’re getting all day exposure.
3. Wear SPF Every Day
Since I didn’t start wearing any moisturizer until I was in my early 20’s, I’d definitely give myself this tip. Start wearing a moisturizer with SPF every daily!
4. Wash Your Makeup Off, No Matter How Tired You Are
I was so bad about this when I was younger. During the season of my life when I had small babies and toddlers, I would be ready to collapse by the time I got them down. Now that I realize how bad it is to sleep in your makeup, I wish I’d made more of an effort to have better skin habits like this one.
5. Apply Some Eye Cream, Girlfriend!
I still remember the first time I noticed fine lines beside my eyes. I was out to dinner with some friends and we were outside waiting for seating to become available. I took out my compact to check my makeup and with the natural light of the sun, noticed fine lines were already in place. I was 25. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self to use some eye cream. Moisturizer alone isn’t enough and it’s a lot easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to treat them.
Since I can’t go back in time to advise myself, I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned in hopes it will help you avoid some of the skincare mistakes I made. What advice would you give to your younger self in regards to beauty?