• Charlsey Childers

5 Things I'd Tell My Younger Self About Skin

We *finally* sat down last night and shared our vacay photos with each other (FYI, vacay ended a month ago). I came across this one, and it hit me... this is what married at 33 with 2 kids looks like. Has that ever happened to you? You see a picture of yourself and think, "wow, this is it!"

Wow! Lots has followed along with “my plan" that I dreamed of when I was a little girl, and lots hasn’t. So if I could, here’s the advice I’d give to the younger version of me... particularly when it comes to my skin:

1. Just wear the stupid sunscreen. Your mom is right and always has been. The tanning bed and sun bathing days really will come back to haunt you. 2. Fall in love with exfoliating. It is one of the best things that you can do for your skin because it gets rid of the dead skin cells. And that will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and other skin annoyances you're probably going to deal with.

3. Invest in a skincare routine NOW... the sooner, the better. The coconut oil + baking soda that you’re using now won’t tackle your acne, and it won’t address the wrinkles and acne scars that you’ll have later. I know it’s hard to feel confident when you’re not in love with what you see in the mirror, so the sooner you invest in a quality skincare routine, the sooner your confidence will soar. 4. DO NOT pop your pimples and cystic acne. The scars it will leave is going to cause you years of feeling insecure about yourself. Thankfully you will find a magic tool that will get rid of them, but you'll still have to deal with the emotional damage you put on yourself because you convinced yourself that having acne deemed you not beautiful. So please don't pop your pimples and learn to love yourself as you are. 5. Get in the habit of treating your skin nicely. Doing simple things to take care of yourself will create a habit and a ritual of loving yourself, being kind to yourself, feeling important enough, and not putting yourself last. It is the simple things you do to make yourself feel beautiful that will cause your confidence and belief in yourself to soar.

Ok, your turn. What’s ONE thing you’d tell your younger self?

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