Deadlier than committing one of the seven deadly sins is a skin sin so terrible, it's hard to comprehend.
Hold your breaths, ladies and gents; this is a doozy.
Skin sins. (Did I just hear your teeth chatter?) Dante’s Inferno vaguely comes to mind. But before you worry yourself into oblivion, know this: repentance is possible. You ask how I know this to be true. Maybe you didn’t. Regardless, let me tell you my story…
But I digress. In all my combo-oily, slightly acne-prone disposition, I committed one of the worst of sins anyone could ever commit (and one that's common to oily skin types).
I never used moisturizer.
Body? No. No matter how delicious the lotion or lush the body butter, I simply couldn’t be bothered.
My face? Ha. I hardly knew the difference between body lotion and moisturizer, let alone why I needed it.
Part of it can be attributed to sheer laziness. All else stemmed from the theory that because I was oily, I didn’t need any more moisture. Shine was synonymous to hydration in my 14/15-year-old brain.
They say ignorance is bliss, yet I protest a loud au contraire to the cliché: I broke out more, my skin becoming patchy. Ah, adolescence. Carefree youth. I miss those days, but the skin woes? I’m glad they’re over.
It wasn’t until I started at MB that I was told I’d been committing a deadly sin for nearly two decades. Two decades!
“Oh that’s bad, honey. Baaad.”
She was nice about it. In all my naïveté I hadn’t realized that by not moisturizing, I was depriving my skin of the moisture it needed. Hydration is key to the complexion – it’s the secret to a dewy, radiant glow and a necessity for healthy skin. I left my skin to fend for itself – thank goodness it can’t sue for abandonment or negligence – and so to make up for my wrongdoing, oil glands were kicked into high gear to overcompensate. It was a vicious cycle – more oil, more congestion, and a pimple would rear its ugly head.
I started moisturizing that night after my first day of training at the salon. The skin gods must have forgiven me for my skin sins, because I haven’t looked back since. I can’t go without moisturizer no matter what. Makeup is optional – but when I do choose to wear it, it goes on exponentially smoother. Even better, I never forget to use a moisturizer with sun protection during the day (another terrible skin transgression).
And you know what? My skin’s never been better.
Moisturizer makes that much of a difference.
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Now that I've confessed, it's your turn: what's your worst skin sin?
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