Ahhh, to be 16 again. That precious year when a girl’s slowly becoming a lady yet young enough to make mistakes. As of May 26, 2018, being 16 for me was 9 years ago. Again, let that sink in… 9 freaking YEARS AGO. That was the year I just started A Shoe Tale and I was in 2nd year college, enjoying every bit of my university life. I remember I was still close to most of my batch mates, I still wasn’t stressed with my major subjects and barely a year into my first “real” relationship. I was just starting to dress up and taking pictures in the most random of places to post on my blog. This was the year I started putting make up too, prior to this, I would just put on lipstick and maybe blush and I was good to go. I even experimented on blue eyeshadow when I celebrated my 17th birthday and looking at the photos now just makes me want to hide of embarrassment! What was I thinking?? lol I would show you photos but I just recently cleaned my Facebook of old photos so they’re long gone (Hopefully!) :P Please don’t google them??
Fast forward to being 25, I believe I’m a lot wiser. To big things like my principles, the way I react to things, the people I choose to surround myself with, priorities and to the smaller things like my fashion choices and how I take care of skin :) When I realized how much has changed with me after all that time, I thought of listing down beauty advices I would give my 16 year old self, in the hopes of 16 year olds reading this to learn a thing or two from all my trials and errors. :) These advices may seem simple but I’m telling you, as much as I wouldn’t change anything, I wish I knew most of these soon as I’m experiencing all the consequences of my laziness 9 years ago.
1. Remove your make-up before sleeping. We often get lazy or too tired to do this especially when we had a million and one things to do before sleeping. Removing your make up before going to bed is important because this is the time our body uses to rejuvenate and refresh. If we don’t allow our skin to do this, it causes damage and clogs our pores that in turn causes acne, blackheads and whiteheads.
2. Practice makes perfect when it comes to applying make up. If you’re 16 and still trying to learn how to apply make up on yourself, don’t get frustrated and just remember that everything, including this one, takes time and practice! I remember being jealous of all the girls I see who knows how to accentuate their blessings with make up and how they can transform themselves when I see them out at night! At 16, I barely knew how to cover my eyebags and do my brows properly. It took practice and more practice so don’t lose hope!
3. BUT embrace your bare skin. Looking back, I’ve lost count on how much make up I would put on my face. Remember to love what you were born with, imperfections and all. Taking a break from beauty products will give your skin a chance to breathe, too!
4. Start putting sunblock NOW! I have to stress this! While freckles are considered cute nowadays, sun spots and pegmentation aren’t. It will take years for those to show up so starting to apply it at an early age will make it a habit for you that your older self will thank you for. There’s a reason why they say prevention is key!
5. Don’t prick your pimples. Easier said than done but I know this is the time your hormones are going wild and pimples are popping everywhere. It’s hard to resist especially when you start to see that angry little red head screaming to be squeezed! Let a professional do it for you because most of the dark spots I have on my face now were once pimples.
6. Your skin will be better when you’re older. Speaking of hormones and pimples at this age, I know that those red spots can pull your confidence level down. Keep your head high, follow your derma’s instructions, go to an OB if your trips to the derma doesn’t work to check if its PCOS and everything superficial you can do to feel beautiful. Just remember that even those shall pass.
7. Don’t wash your hair with shampoo everyday. I actually learned this 2 years ago when I started to be loyal to a salon and this is apparently the main culprit to dry hair! Applying shampoo everyday strips our hair of it’s natural oils and I was adviced to wash my hair with conditioner everyday (I use Creamsilk!) and shampoo every other day. Start at 16 to avoid frizzy and dry hair when youre 25!
8. Don’t pluck your underarms. Invest on lasers. Again, another lesson I wish I learned sooner!! The 16 year old kids are lucky today because when hair starts to grow there, they can immediately just laser it off and they’ll never have the problem of chicken skin :( Please listen to me and don’t pluck them!
9. Be patient with your braces and retainers. I actually wore braces twice and while I was lucky to go on the Invasaligm with MetroDental, I wish I just stuck and followed all my dentists instructions with my first so I didn’t have to repeat it again. When you do now, you’ll save your older self from bad teeth!
10. Healthy skin is BEAUTIFUL, no matter what color you are.