I think the slogan on the front of the wrinkle patches packet was the tipping point for me. The catalyst that turned me being oh so lazy and sleeping in my make-up (not that I wear much) into a growing skincare addict.
“Start when you’re 30 and you’ll never look 40”, it announced on the front of the packet.
And that brought me up short. There I was, aged 41 and three quarters, trying to lessen my lines with this product.
I’d always been the person to tear the pages out of magazines with all those wonderful looking skincare products, but I had never progressed further than collecting the pages. All those products remained unpurchased, and I kept on sleeping in my make-up.
But now I had bought these wrinkle patches and they were judging and shaming me. Well, I might as well try them. But I also began to reason that I might need something more than just tape stretched across my forehead.
Skincare addict purchases
And so began my growing skincare addiction. I started reading up on all those beautifully packaged and glossy products. I started slowly, buying a few things here and there. But then I gathered speed. Since then I have bought:
♣ Medik8 retinol cream
♣ Un-Wrinkle pads from Peter Thomas Roth
♣ Eve Lom cleanser
♣ A kabuki brush
♣ Four different serums, for every skincare scenario: spotty skin, tired skin, radiant skin
♣ Lash and brow serum (to try and coax back my overly plucked eyebrows – thank you, 90s)
♣ Sali Hughes’ beauty bible Pretty Honest
♣ Beauty Food by Maria Ahlgren
♣ Highlighting lotion from NIOD
♣ Three different perspex storage units for all these new products (because “ordning och reda” as we say here: the proper order for things)
♣ A foundation blending brush (and this is where I should start to worry, as I don’t even wear foundation. But in my defence, it felt so soft and pleasing to the touch.)
♣ And a jade roller
I mean, a jade roller? I no longer even recognise myself. Literally so, because the combination of all these small changes I’ve made has really improved my skin.
I wish now that I had had the forethought to take a “before” photo, because I really do think that my skin has improved. I know that it feels plumper than it did before. It certainly feels better hydrated. And it is also less prone to breakouts.
What is most incredible, though, is that it has taken me until my 40s to appreciate my skin, after all those spotty teenage years.
I think that I naively assumed that my babyface would remain that way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one for trying to hold back time. I think is more about, finally, treating my skin with the respect that it deserves.