Life Lessons Before 30

As a part of my “30 Lessons I Learned Before Turning 30” series, I felt like it was only right to include a section about facts I’ve learned involving skin, hair, and beauty. I still consider thirty to be a young age, but it is never too late to learn how to better take care of yourself so you may age gracefully!  Here are five (out of 30) beauty lessons that I learned before turning 30-years-old:

You don’t have to wash your hair everyday.

In fact, you probably shouldn’t wash your hair everyday. Do you suffer from an itchy scalp, limp or lifeless strands, breakage, or even greasy-looking hair? Medical News Today suggests these issues can be caused by overwashing. 

It was when I first started dyeing my hair that I learned about the importance of knowing your hair type and how much you should wash your hair. At the time, it was hard for me to keep dye in my hair for very long and my hair at the scalp would become oily within 12 hours of washing it. My hairstylist at the time listened to my concerns about my hair, and told me she could tell right away that I was a “daily hair washer”. 

At first, like many people, I was worried I wouldn’t know how to style my hair or that my hair would look very oily and flat if I didn’t wash it every day. And, for a few weeks, it did. That’s because my scalp had grown accustomed to over producing oil in order to keep up with the daily washes. After my scalp got used to not being washed every day I noticed less breakage and my hair dye would stay in for longer.

Yes, you may have to figure out how to style your hair differently on day 2, day 3 and, if necessary, day 4. But, your hair will thank you for not putting it through the daily process of washing, drying, and heat-styling. 

It’s okay to put lotion on your face. 

I had the misconception in my teens and early twenties that your face was not the place to put lotion. I’m not sure if it was the group of girls I was friends with in high school or maybe I read it somewhere in Seventeen Magazine, but I was told at one point that lotion would make my face horribly break out. I thought that lotion and sunscreen was the cause of acne, blackheads, and enlarged pores.

It turns out, I was all wrong. The lack of moisture, like your scalp, will often cause an overproduction of oil. And, lotion is especially important for your face in the wintertime. Remember, dry skin can lead to flaky and crepey fine lines and wrinkles!   

Nowadays, well-moisturized glowy skin is highly sought after and even a trend. Each morning I put a hyaluronic acid lotion on first and I follow it with a moisturizing sunscreen. At night, I use retinol and lotion on alternating nights. My skin has never been happier!

Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid are key.

It was in my late twenties when I actually started to pay attention to the ingredients in my skincare products. This is when I realized there are ingredients that don’t work well with my skin, like coconut oil.  And there are ingredients that  work great with my skin, like hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient in many lotions, and it helps lock in moisture to the skin. When shopping for skincare products, check for this ingredient. It’ll keep your skin looking fresh and plump all day and I’ve noticed it works well under foundation and concealer!

I was afraid of Retinol when I first started researching skincare. One of my best friends is way ahead of me when it comes to skincare regimen, and so I often learn about these things from her first. She informed me that Retinol improves collagen production in the skin and could help with things like acne scars and fine lines. However, I was warned that too much retinol could cause my skin to dry out and flake off. 

At first, I misused Retinol by applying it every night. And, just as I was warned, my skin became dry and flaky. I found that using Retinol every-other night is perfect for my skin type and it has greatly helped with evening out my skin tone! 

Don’t Sleep in your makeup. Just don’t.

Makeup, unlike skincare items, often contain drying chemicals that are not meant to be left on our skin overnight. Think about it. When you’re sleeping, this is the time when your body is regenerating and resetting. Makeup will interfere with this process and cause dryness and blemishes such as blackheads and acne. Also, if you use a lot of eye makeup, leftover mascara and eyeliner can cause an eye infection!

Once I began to use makeup in middle school and high school I quickly learned that sleeping in my makeup was causing damage and blemishes that I couldn’t just coverup with more makeup. I suggest double cleansing your face each night after a day of wearing makeup.

Daily contacts can be worn more than once. Don’t come for me. 

I feel as though this life lesson should come with a warning. Always listen to your doctor, and read what I have to say while using your own discretion.

I’m normally a rule follower when it comes to these things, but after years of being a contact wearer I discovered that my “daily” contacts can be worn for longer than just one day. I want to be clear. I’m not saying I wear my contacts overnight. I take them out each night, clean them, and simply use my daily contacts for longer than just the one-day suggested use. For sure, the doctor wants us to wear them for just one day. I’m sure there are many health-related reasons why you shouldn’t wear them for more than one day. However, I find that I can clean them between uses and wear them for at least a week before tossing them out! 

Skincare and Hair Products

It can be overwhelming to walk into a store, with hundreds of different items, and know exactly what is a good fit for your skin. And, to further complicate things, it can be difficult to research product ratings and know what items could potentially make your skin breakout or make your hair look even more oily. Here are a list of items I’m currently using and loving:

In the spirit of being transparent and giving full disclosure, I want you to know there are affiliate links in this blog post. All affiliate links are for products I actually use and stand behind. And, if you click any of the affiliate links in this post and buy the products, I’ll earn a commission. However, you won’t be charged any more money for this to happen. It’s a win-win for both of us!