Aging gracefully isn’t something most of us are gifted with, but it’s certainly what we all want. The month I entered my late 20s, I had developed a slight terror towards signs of aging. I was afraid of getting crow’s feet, fine lines, and premature grey hair! And, so began my journey of slathering up serums, hydrators, and creams to keep my skin plump, soft, and youthful.
It’s quite odd for someone at 24 to be so stressed out about aging, but here I was. Mentally, it was certainly a very dark time in my life. Things didn’t seem to fall in place— everything around me was hazy, bleak, and uncertain. And, so the only thing I thought I still had control over was my skin.
Now, at 35, I have a boatload of confessions and lessons to share. My sole intent in writing this blog is to help anyone who is struggling with their skin or feels that things won’t ever get better.
You will make mistakes but the journey of making amends and finding your true self – whether it be through the right skin-care, positive self-affirmations, or a healthy life-style – is truly, truly worth it. So, here is some self-care advice I wish my younger self knew.
1. Don’t Skip Water
One of the best self-care beauty tips my dermatologist taught me was to drink at least 10-12 glasses of water. No matter how ruthless or aggressive I got with my skin-care, I’ve noticed that drinking heaps of water every day has done wonders to flush out toxins and undo the skin damage.
Now, 10 years later, I can confidently say that this one skin-care habit has truly transformed my skin. I do have wrinkles and fine lines but they’re very subtle. I get compliments all the time on how I keep my skin so plump and flushed at 30, and honestly, most of it is a result of drinking water.
2. Have Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are oh so good, and over time, I’ve developed a special bond with them. They soothe anxiety, promote better sleep, and keep your mood happy. Plus, they keep your skin hydrated and give your skin the anti-oxidants it is craving!
3. Explore AHAs and BHAs for Your Skin
10 years back, I would have never thought about trying out a chemical exfoliant on my skin. However, with years of using physical scrubs and wrecking my sensitive skin, I have learned that chemical exfoliants with Glycolic acid, Mandelic acid, and Salicyclic acid are the safest to use. They gently peel off your skin without stripping the oils and really make it look plump in the long-run!
4. Fix Your Diet (Hint: Master Those Macro-Nutrients!)
Another great lesson I had to learn the hard way was not to skip meals or obsess over keto diets. No matter what the beauty industry tells you – enjoy fats, proteins, and carbs in the right balance if you really want good skin.
5. Indulge in Weekly Face Masks
Whether you visit the salon or make your own masks, always take time out to nourish your skin with face masks. Clay has remained my absolute favorite as it suits my skin. But, find out what your skin loves and give it the pampering it deserves. Ten years from now, you will thank yourself.
In the haste of wishing to look immortally perfect, I made many mistakes. Whoever said that time is the best teacher certainly didn’t lie. Use my advice on how to start self-care and make better choices!