DO NOT over-pluck your eyebrows
If you were around during the late 80’s-early 90’s, you know that thin eyebrows were the norm. Plucking mine was a daily ritual since I wanted to eliminate my bushy unibrow. No matter how weird we were plucking them, our elders were always telling us that they would grow back: WRONG …. SO WRONG! Now, my younger years unibrow obsessions are permanently frozen in time and, on top of having super sparse brows, they are so far between, it’s almost to the center of the eye. If you are just starting tweezing your brows, ask a professional to determine the best line/shape and then, just clean the hairs that grow back.
Use SUNSCREEN daily
For Pete’s sake, we were so obsessed with tanning, we used to rub baby oil to bronze (I should say “burn”) faster. During my teenage years, no one was talking about sunscreens and the darker we got, the prettier you were consider. Tanning salons were opening everywhere and we still had difficulties just reserving a 30-min period. Years later, I sadly have a ton of wrinkles and I keep having moles removed and tested for cancer (so far so good). Not to scare you but a colleague died at 42 and another one, at just 50 years old, has 3 months to live, all because of Melanomas. My own father and both mother and father-in-law had skin cancers.
It’s a 365 days/year beauty step that you need to incorporate in your routine. I’m telling you, even in my early forties, I sometimes look like a dry prune. Nowadays, if you still want a bronzy glow, self-tanners have improved and are great, far from the orangey mess we had 10 years ago!
For as long as I can remember, when it comes to my makeup, I’ve been a very neutral girl and as I get older, there are more and more trends that are no-nos like glitters, shimmery highlighters, etc. Looking back, I wish I would have been bolder, back when my face was wrinkle-free and my hooded eyes less noticeable. Since it’s just makeup, have some fun and try different techniques and colours. In one word (well 6 actually): GET out of your confort zone!!!
Stop using Salicylic Acid & Benzoyl Peroxide
For years, with my adult acne, I only used oil-free products containing Salicylic Acid & Benzoyl Peroxide and little did I know that they were worsening the problem. For as long as I can remember, I always had dry patches and red spots. I wish someone would have told me about moisturizing my dehydrated skin and stay away from those abrasive products. Acne-prone products can probably work on a teenager but not on young adults. Just thinking about it, I’m having pimples…
Invest in good skincare more than on makeup
I wish I would have started a good morning and nighttime skin regimen when I was younger. Of course, I didn’t have money to spare but it would have been more important to spend a little bit more on better skincare products than let’s say, 10 lipsticks!! In my youth, I just didn’t care and my knowledge was inexistent when skincare was concerned. My own mother only started taking care of her skin in her 50’s… Always remember, a great skin will make any drugstore makeup look like a million bucks!
What is the one beauty you’ve wished you would tell your younger self