Growing up, I remember my Mom saying, “It’s never too early to learn a good habit.” (Lord knows I’ve never had a hard time learning bad ones.)
I really took what she said to heart when it came to skincare. I wasn’t much older than 15. I was using everything I could get my hands on; cleanser, toner, facial masks, moisturizers and even night/anti-aging cream.
I remember my older sister giving me a lot of crap about it back then. She would laugh and tell me how ridiculous I was for using those products at my age. She told me she wasn’t going to bother with any of it until she was older, and didn’t understand why I (who is 5 years younger) would even think about it.
Fast forward 30 some odd years later.
Now, I’m not a “proud” person. I’m not one to bask in the spotlight. But I have to admit, these days, when I meet people and the “age thing” comes up, they never guess my real age. They’re always off about 7-10 years, and yes, in the right (younger) direction.
So, is this because I used all of those products regularly throughout the years? Not at all. It’s not about using a particular product or brand as much as it’s about creating good skincare habits. Nothing more, nothing less.
Recently, my sister confessed she never started her own routine, and wasn’t about to start now because she thought the damage had already been done.
And here’s the thing. There are so many others that feel the same way, and you know what? They couldn’t be more wrong!
Just like it’s never too early to begin a skincare habit, it’s never too late to begin.
While it’s true you might not be able to reverse the damage already done, you can prevent damage that can occur from this point forward by beginning today.
And, I’m not saying you need to fill your cabinet with all kinds of products. In fact, if you only use one product, make it moisturizer.
The reason why moisturizer is so crucial, is because our skin gradually loses it’s ability to retain moisture as we age. And because we’re made with 90% water, we need to replenish moisture as often as we can to restore the suppleness our skin used to have when we were young.
It’s this suppleness, what makes us look younger.
What do you think? Is there another product you feel is just as or more important than moisturizer? Please share your thoughts below.
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