“Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ across your face.” – Truvy, Steel Magnolias
They might be the result of wonderful years spent cracking jokes with your hysterical, Truvy-esque best friend, but there could be another cause of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases around the mouth and eyes. Any guesses? (Disclaimer: If anyone asks, they’ll always be laugh lines to us).
If you put on makeup every morning, chances are you’re doing damage and, we don’t mean with the products you’re choosing. We’ll start by thinking about our makeup process: We begin by applying our SPF, then moisturizer. Foundation and concealer go on next, followed by a swipe or two of eye shadow for coverage (we won’t even get into the smoky-eye situation today). So, what’s the big deal? Well, sit tight because we’re just getting to the good stuff. We take out that eyeliner pencil, scoot real close to the mirror, pull the side of our eye for the straightest line, and… that’s it! The daily habit of pulling the side of your eye to maximize straight-line chances is potentially stretching out the sensitive skin around your eyes.
But, that’s not where it ends. Let’s keep moving, shall we?
Next, we’ll pump our mascara wand (another no-no, but for an unrelated reason), lift our brows sky-high to avoid smudges, and… Jiminy Cricket, we’ve done it again. Those creases in our foreheads might have immediately disappeared once we dropped our brows when we were in our early 20s, but years of raising brows cause creases to get deeper and take longer to dissipate. As we continue walking through our makeup routine, there are a few more silly faces we make daily that might not have us laughing for long: pursing lips to put on blush, pulling on lips to put on liner, and sticking lips out to make a perfect “O” to apply lipstick.
While it would be hard to completely eliminate these habits from a beauty routine if they’ve been habit for decades, we’ll be trying to cut a few out of our morning mirror sessions—but we won’t take it too seriously. Naturally aging skin is beautiful skin, after all, and we’re proud of every laugh line. Just don’t tell anyone that our blush habit is also to blame. We’re glad Southern women sure do know how to keep a secret.
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