‘I should’ve done things differently!’.. That’s what I was telling my 15 year old daughter, Leila, the other night as we were both indulging in our pre-bedtime skincare session! Not that I distaste the way my skin turned out to be, the fact that I will be hitting the big 40 come November, I admit that I’m in a relatively great place when it comes to my skin condition. Undoubtedly, I give credit to my fortunate genes. However, and stemming from my strong belief that great skin is a result of how we address it on a daily basis, I’m very convinced that my currently adopted skincare regimen is in fact my ultimate weapon..
Which brings me back to my regretful comment above. As I carefully applied my anti-pigmentation treatment cream, I turned to Leila and blurted out what had later become her number one most vital beauty deed; ‘I just wish I had someone to forewarn me about how crucial it is to apply sunscreen on a daily basis’..
This, and many other regrets suddenly hit me.. If I could turn back time, what would I have done differently in terms of beauty and skincare? I am positive many of you ladies out there can relate to my situation.. Today, let’s cut the blaming game short, because come to think about it, who’s to blame? Back in the day, there was less awareness regarding many skincare aspects, primarily the use of sunblock. One of my first memories as a teenager was the joy of peeling off my flaking skin in long strips after a sunburn, adding insult to injury, I used to get many compliments of how my lobster-red face caused by a sunburn actually suited me..
How oblivious we were.. Good news is that today I will be voicing out what many 30 (and above) year-olds regret not having done or adopted back in the bygone times.. Use it to enlighten those youngsters dear to you, it will save them much hassle and buck by the time they’re 30 and above!
1 || ‘I Wish I Religiously Wore Sunscreen’
Meaning day and night, summer and winter, sunny and gloomy and last but not least indoors and outdoors.. I blame that regret and totally believe that sunscreen unawareness is in fact the root cause of my pigmentation mishaps.. Developing that photo-aged look as soon as I get exposed to the sun or heat all goes down to the fact that deep inside my skin has been UV damaged all throughout my younger years.. To all teenagers and 20 year-olds out there; WEAR SUNSCREEN!
2 || ‘I Wish I never Picked On My Acne’
Living in an era of selfies and peer image pressures will make many youngsters do almost anything to avoid acne from ruining their looks.. I am here to tell you that the constant picking and forceful squeezing will most definitely result in long-term scarring and denting of the skin.. Fight the urge and don’t pop or pick at your pimples.
3 || ‘I Wish I Never Smoked A Single Cigarette’
Don’t fall into the nicotine trap! I am 39-years sure that no fountain of youth ever existed, but there is a surefire way to make yourself look older; smoking.. This very bad habit changes the skin, teeth, and hair in ways that can add years to your looks. It also affects everything from your fertility to the strength of your heart, lungs, and bones. Bad news comes when all mentioned side effects finally materialize later in your life. Think twice before being tempted young ladies!
4 || ‘I Wish I Invested In A Good Eye Cream’
Probably the most tackled area during your 30’s and above.. It’s all in the eyes! The eye area is the only part of your face that will show signs aging faster than anywhere else.. Starting early is a good way to prevent skin flaws rather than trying to simply address them after they’ve already appeared… Always invest in a great eye cream even if it’s going to cost you a good buck..
5 || ‘I Was A Slave Of Over-Exfoliating’
After all, there is such a thing as doing too much for your skin in your 20s. Without any doubt, removal the dead skin cells can improve your skin’s tone, texture, and appearance over time. But going overboard with it can actually damage your skin barrier… It can lead to redness, irritation, a rash, and breakouts all resulting in long term troubles..
6 || ‘Thank God I Am Not A Millennial!’
The only effortless advantage to women in their 30’s and above is the fact that they were not exposed to the damages resulting from cell phone use.. Staring down at your phone too often can prematurely age parts of your skin. It can actually impact your skin down the road. Doing that positions your neck in a way that causes more folds in the front of your neck. Areas of the lower face, jawline, and neck are experiencing higher rates of premature aging at a young age due to ‘tech neck.
My advise to all young ladies out there, keep your head up and phone elevated to help prevent some fine lines and sagging.