A recent ”Makeup” session at work had me rolling my eyes. It really, really bothered me. So much so that I am here to write about it.
I am not anti-make up, although I barely put much on. My problem wasn’t with the emphasis around the idea of using makeup to enhance one’s beauty. My problem was the lack of attention to skincare.
Growing up, I was never taught the importance of skincare. I was, sometimes, forced to enter the kitchen in an attempt to make chai or biryani (which I never did). But that’s it. No word about skincare.
Exercise? Yes. Cleaning the house? Yes. Loving your skin? Can’t remember.
But so what? I thought I could start now. You never too late to do anything. Except maybe take a contraceptive. (Joke).
So I started watching videos and reading articles about skincare and it amazed me to know that I didn’t even know my skin type! And I am sure I am not the only one. If you don’t know your skin type, you buy waste money on wrong products or suffer with a reaction that worsens your skin.
There was so much to learn! I was doing all the bad habits of skincare, ignoring all the good ones and then complaining about pimples! Silly me!
Makeup is a ”quick fix”, to me. Good skincare habits go a long way.
But I what I kept coming back to is how essential these things were and why I was or most people are never told about them. Why is skincare given importance in some cultures, like that of the French, and then given so little in others?
No one talks about skincare. Well, at least where I grew up or live in now, they don’t. Everyone talks about being perfect. Everyone talks about the latest Mango collection, or the new nail color in Milano, but skin? Nada.
There’s no advertisement on TV to reinforce a good skincare regime. There are plenty about the mascara that makes your eyelashes a foot long, but nothing about the skin. ”Quick fix” or Makeup is shown to be the ultimate route to attaining beauty. But what’s more beautiful: Cake face or a natural, glowing skin?
There are some anti-wrinkle commercials, and that’s probably to imply that the only time you should pick up skin care products is when you start getting old. Non. Quite the contrary. Prevention is the best cure for me.
No one talks about the importance of a healthy diet to help maintain a naturally fresh skin.
And why would they? Who would make money by telling you that you can eat a proper diet to achieve a glowing skin when they can just make a new product that offers ”natural, glowing” skin for two times the price?
Yeah. It’s sad but true.
So, girls AND guys, don’t forget to take care of your skin. Your skin is you. If it’s cracked or broken, no matter how much make up you pile on for a quick fix will not change the fact that it is cracked or broken.
And who knows? Maybe with a proper skincare routine and good eating habits, you won’t need all those fancy make up products.
But, yes, you will still the need the Lancôme mascara to make your eyelashes a foot long.