Youth is Only Skin Deep

September 2, 2010 at 7:40 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 7 Comments
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When it comes to make up, I’m really not a girly girl.  I never really wore face make up growing up. I never really saw the need.  I was blessed with clear skin and cute freckles, so why would I cover that up with foundation or blush?  I bought smelly lotions and perfumes because they smelled good, and then I rarely used them.  To this day, I am comfortable leaving the house with just a little eyeliner and lip-gloss.

When I was about 22, I started noticing a change in my skin.  My legs started to get itchy.  I was constantly scratching my legs, sometimes even making myself bleed, until one day I spoke to a coworker about it.  She was slightly older than me – just enough to understand me while still appearing wise.  She said that every 7 years or so your body goes through a change.  She had been through the skin dryness change before, and it’s just the beginning.  She recommended a lotion to me, and that was that.

What a wake up call.  Suddenly what seemed like beauty indulgences were really body maintenance.  I started thinking about my skin in a more important context.  One day, I will be old.  I will have wrinkles.  My skin won’t look as beautiful as it used to.

I tanned a lot in high school.  I even worked at a tanning salon during my college breaks.  I was worried about the way my skin looked, not how healthy it was.  I still tan occasionally, but not in excess.  But now my skin care includes face moisturizer every morning, anti-wrinkle cream for the eyes every morning, lotion for my legs whenever I remember, face wash, and sun tan lotion whenever I sun bathe.  I know I should be doing more, especially in my evening care, but it’s baby steps for me.

So I’m taking a preemptive strike against wrinkles, and working on treating my skin better.  It’s still an adjustment for me (and my inner tomboy), and it may end up being a useless fight against gravity and reality, but one can hope it will make a difference!


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  1. I feel I need to take better care of my skin. Good face wash and moisturizer is good even for guys. I think now it is funny that I see ads for MEN Face Wash as if 5 years ago if a man takes care of himself it is considered girly.

  2. My skin has definitely changed in the last year or so. Used to be a greasepit, now it’s swung more to the side of parched. I moisturise religiously, and now that I get eczema, I have to pay attention to the rest of my body whereas I never used to.

  3. It’s so important to have a skin regimen! People always ask my how come my face is so clear and I answer that I’ve been wearing spf since I was 13. I constantly treat myself to at home masks and facials.People have the impression that skincare is expensive but until 3 years ago I was using neutragena but then my skin did change not necessarily for he worse but the needs were different and I’ve been experimenting with other products.

    Kudos to you for your new skin regime! It’s make a world of difference! And drink lots of water!

    • yes! I don’t know what I’d do without water 🙂

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