Until this February, I used to be one of those girls who would say that my skin is good because of genes, and drinking lots of water. If I met her now, I would smack her and tell her to shut up. Skin care is important and there is nothing cool about not ensuring your skin is protected, and here’s why I’m thankful I realized this.
#1 I learned something new
Skincare is a science. There are so many misconceptions about chemical formulas, ‘natural beauty’, and what works for one’s skin type. I took the time to identify my skin type, figure out what suits it and what doesn’t, and how I can help it be the best version of itself, naturally. Wild stuff!
#2 It changed my perspective of ‘beauty’
I used to think that skincare is like forcing reverse ageing on your skin, I couldn’t be further from reality. It is truly about protecting your skin from harmful elements that can encourage the growth of free radicals, and at their worst, cause skin cancer. I learned how to take care of my skin, which is like taking care of one’s health in a way.
#3 I invested time in myself
Figuring out a simple three-step routine and doing it religiously made me realize the importance of taking some time for myself every day. In many ways, that time was dedicated to taking care of myself and my body, and was like an investment for my future self.
#4 It is therapeutic
At the risk of sounding extremely basic, skincare is therapeutic. If 2020 has made me learn anything, it is that self-care is important. We ignore our own well-being for far too long, and then make efforts to fix things only when they go out of hand. Taking some time to make yourself feel like you were pampered or taken care of is important. We don’t fret before being caregivers for the people we love, and it should be no different when it comes to caring for oneself.
#5 It makes life easy
Earlier, I would ignore my skin for months, and only worry when it would react to something badly or just generally behave poorly for long. I realized that if you take small steps to take care of it everyday, you don’t need to take huge corrective measures every few months. It’s a win if you think about it.
What do you think of skincare, and how does it make you feel? Tell us in the comments.
Lead Image credit: Manya Lohita Ahuja