Whether they were an act of rebellion at a given moment, or a result of naïve following of current trends, we’ve all done things we’re not proud of – beauty wise. Perhaps we were too young to know better, but those formative years during which we’re learning how to grow into our looks aren’t the only times we make mistakes. Even the best, most mature of us make them, sometimes in pursuit of change, other times because we took a cue from magazines or favorite celebrities. The point is – mistakes were made, and there are probably numerous photos that make you cringe every time you see them; you know, the ones that make you say ‘what was I thinking?’ The best way to make sure history never repeats itself is to document these poor choices, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Think before you ink
The tattoo trend has been going strong for quite some time now. In today’s culture where most people seek a sense of originality and ways to express their uniqueness, tattoos are often used as a tool to get there. Granted, some of them are true works of art one never comes to regret, but on the other hand, there are the ones that were done impulsively and regretted almost immediately. Perhaps you inked your body with a symbol of undying love for someone, and now that person is no longer in your life. A great career opportunity came along and you weren’t considered for the job because of your tattoos. Yes, there are tattoo removal clinics where you can go to rectify your mistake, but that costs a lot of time and money. Wouldn’t it be better to simply think things through, and sleep on it (for several days) before making this kind of commitment? This is definitely one of those better-safe-than-sorry moments, so be careful.
A picture-perfect smile
It’s only natural to desire a pearly white smile that lights up the whole room – nothing wrong with that. However, resorting to at-home treatments, such as gels or the trendy whitening pens, can be detrimental to the health of your teeth. You don’t know how safe they are or whether you have any cavities or gum issues that can become worse after using a pen. That is how the health of my teeth was destroyed and in trying to take a shortcut, I ended up having to get dental veneers. While they do look amazing as they are the work of a great dentist, I can’t help but regret ever taking matters into my own hands.
A cringe for every photo
If you look back at your photos from a few years ago you’ll probably see something truly disturbing – eyebrows thinner than a thread. I honestly don’t know what any of us were thinking at the time (myself included) when I just plucked and waxed it all away. Overly thin eyebrows completely change your face (in the most unflattering way), so remember that and never make the same mistake. On the other hand, overdrawing your eyebrows is another big no, and one that is, sadly, trendy right now. Stick to the golden middle – let your brows grow, simply pluck along the natural line to get rid of stray hairs, and use subtle brow pencils to fill in any gaps, but don’t go crazy with it – in a few years you’ll look back and regret doing this perhaps even more than over-plucking.
The tan queen
Were you aware of the fact that sun exposure results in looks leathery, dry, wrinkled, discolored and dry skin? Were you aware that exposing your skin to direct sun or even tanning beds can even lead to skin cancer? If you take a trip down memory lane, you’ll probably remember all the times you skipped on sunblock and went to the tanning salon to get that sun-kissed glow (which sometimes came out comically orange). Just keep in mind the potential harm you’re exposing yourself to, and you’ll begin to appreciate your skin in all its paleness. No amount of glow and ‘beachy vibes’ is worth your health. Tanning beds are thankfully, out of style, but that still leaves us with another issue – protection from the natural sun. Be smart, incorporate an SPF moisturizer into your skincare routine and protect now for a safe and ageless tomorrow.
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