Glossier fan or not, you have to admit that their "skin first, makeup second" slogan is an impressive marketing strategy. It's a much-needed reminder. And in the beauty hierarchy, skin care should obviously be the top priority. Except, it isn't.
When I was a teenager, nobody really taught me how important skin care was. My mom had great skin since birth, so she never really delved into it herself. But thanks to a little thing called puberty, mine didn't turn out the same way. I didn't know what to do with my breakouts back then, but I definitely wanted them gone. So what did I do? I covered them with tons of concealer. And then foundation on top of that. And then concealer again.
It did the job. But did it make my skin better underneath? Not really.
This is what I didn't realize: makeup is a quick remedy, but it's not enough. The flawless skin you built with foundation can disappear as fast as it happened. Faking good skin takes so much longer sometimes! Even then, one sweep with a cleansing wipe and you're back to square one.
Whereas with skin care, it's a whole different ball game. You have to wait for weeks, sometimes months, to notice a difference in your skin. When the results do hit, though, rest assured that they won't be something you can just wash off. The glowing, even, and plump fruits of your labor are yours to keep!
That's why I'm not ashamed that I spend around 80% of my time online learning more about it. It's like this bottomless pit of knowledge that I just can't get enough of. And the thing is, I'm not even that patient with products. But skin care changed that. Now, I can program myself to use something for at least a month and stick to it, because I know that it'll be worth it in the end. With sunscreen, for example, I'm confident that I won't have to live with sun spots when I hit 40. With gentle cleansers, I know my skin will become less acne-prone as time passes.
That said, diving into skin care doesn't need to be an expensive feat. You can pay less or more for products according to your priorities! Plus, our local drugstores are great for affordable finds. The choice of investing in higher-end products is completely yours to make. Don't feel pressured! Because ultimately, what's most important is that you find what's best for you.
Skin care is like a fun little college course. You get to learn about the science behind products, the technology, and the art in creating them. The only perk is that no one's grading you and you can learn at your own pace. Plus, there's the reward of better skin in the long run. And you know we'll always be here to help you out, too!