Hello! Since I started blogging I have learned so much, particularly about beauty. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self all the things I have learned in my 4 years of blogging. If I could, this is what I would tell her… in fewer words or less… *cracks knuckles*
1) Stop picking your spots. Seriously. Stop it.
In my teenage years, I had a terrible habit of not being able to leave my face alone. Looking back, it was quite bad. Nothing on my face would go unnoticed. I would inspect it daily for the smallest whitehead. I picked until my face bled, scabbed and scarred. I spent a few years unable to go without make up due to the scarring down one side of my face. Even though I knew it was an awful habit, it still took me a long time to break it.
After learning about my skin, plus a few Clinique serums later, the breakouts became less frequent and the scarring slowly improved. Believe it or not, since I stopped picking my face, I stopped getting bad breakouts. Breakouts have become a rare occurrence for me, and any spots that crop up during my period disappear in a few days. If there was one thing that I could tell my younger self, this would be it.
2) Step away from the fizzy drinks.
Oh younger self, I wish I could stop you from buying a pricey £30 Benefit set that you think will solve your dull skin woes, and instead give you a good slap for making it a personal achievement that you can drink a 2L bottle of Coke in a few hours. I wish I could show you how much clearer, brighter and healthier your skin is without that liquid tar in your system.
Before you give me a lecture younger self, I am aware that my diet isn’t that great even today, but it’s a lot better than yours is. I feel a lot better mentally too, considering that I’m not on a permanent sugar comedown. There will be a time where your personal achievements are being able to drink 4L of water in a day, and being able to enjoy and finish a fruit salad. Yep, you discover that you like fruit!
3) Wash your damn face properly.
A simple concept – you put on make up, you have to take off make up. Whilst this may seem like common sense now, to my younger self and to many others in the present time this is a new thing. I definitely think introducing double cleansing into my routine is one of the main reasons that my skin has improved so much. Think about it. If you aren’t removing the make up at the end of the day, it is going to sit on your skin, block your pores, and make your skin oilier than a bag of chips.
What about your skin, underneath all that make up? Not only has it had a layer of make up on it all day, but it has also picked up dirt, sweat and grime. Cleanse that away too. Let your skin breathe. The next steps of your skincare routine like your serum and moisturiser can work a helluva lot better. Come on younger self, a few extra minutes cleansing each day will pay off in the long run.
4) Turn down the heat.
Another tip for both my younger self and the people of the present – stop using hot water on your face. As well as nearly burning your skin in general, you’re also drying out your skin’s protective barrier. A damaged skin barrier can lead to dryness, dehydration, breakouts and other skincare woes. I threw a lot of money at expensive treatments for these problems, when really all I had to do was turn down the temperature. I dread to think what damage you have done to my skin, younger self. I can only hope that I have rescued my skin in time!
5) Do not fear the face mask.
Even though your mum will end up being 99% right about most things about your life (especially when it comes to matters of the heart), she is wrong about face masks. You will not have a reaction and melt your face off, younger self. Face masks are much needed, especially as you have yet to discover the world of double cleansing. Work your way through the cheap but cheerful Montagne Jeunesse line, and discover what works for you. Spoiler alert – the Montagne Jeunesse chocolate orange smells good enough to eat.
What skincare advice would you give your younger self?