Beauty Crimes

Covergirl vintage ad

I selected some of the worst beauty crimes I committed (mostly in my teens, so be gracious!) including only the things that have caused some real damage to my skin. There are actually a lot more beauty crimes I could mention..very bad stuff, people! I will talk to you about the others some time soon…

1. Slept with makeup on (countless times)

I know most people have done it at least once, but still, it is such a bad thing to do! One quick way to look older. People, especially you young ladies: always cleanse your face well and double-cleanse whenever you are wearing makeup! If you are less than 20 years old, wear minimal makeup (you truly don’t need much anyway) and choose products with the least amount of skin offenders in them (such as preservatives and fragrances).

2. Sprayed my face with hairspray to fix makeup in place

(I got your skin crawling with this one, didn’t I?) Unfortunately this is so true. The person who initiated me to (heavier) makeup, my brother’s first girlfriend, told me that it was the best way to keep my makeup perfect all night. Well, she was right. No need to discuss the consequences of this crime. My skin was peeling off. No bueno.

3. Cooked my skin in the sun (with cooking oils on)

I promise I had no idea what I was doing when I used to put oils on my skin before going to the beach. The only thing that makes me feel a little bit better about it is that all my friends were doing it. Yay. I have dark spots all over my face, so please, please do not do that to yourself!

4. Sprayed my entire self with synthetic perfumes

Even simply thinking about it now gives me nausea and headaches. I have understood that using (and abusing) synthetic fragrances was making me feel sick all the time. The moment I quit using them, the symptoms stopped. Just sayin’.

5. Smoking

The worst of them all, of course. I began to smoke when I was about twelve (together with my little cousin) and then continued throughout my teens. It was my husband that encouraged me to quit while we were dating (about seven years ago) and I am, of course, very thankful that he did. It was not too difficult for me to quit. Smoking is still extremely popular in Italy and laws are not as protective as they should be toward non-smokers. Every time I go home I am reminded of how awful it is when I am subject to cigarette smoke everywhere that I go.

These are all things that are really, really bad and that have damaged my skin. I hope that if you are guilty of any of these crimes you will refrain from repeating them!

Please share your beauty crimes in the comments below! I am sure I am not the only one who has done wrong to her own skin (I hope not anyway..LOL!).

Image courtesy of Found in Mom’s Basement