This 23-year-old had quite the wake-up call when it came to looking after her skin.
It has been hammered into me my whole life: Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so take care of it.
And I’d I like to think I have.
I’m 23, I don’t smoke, I cleanse, tone and moisturise daily and you wouldn’t catch me dead on the beach without SPF 30+.
So when I decided to try My Beauty Potential, a free online tool that uses decades of medical research on how the skin ages to tell you your exact skin age in fifteen minutes, I figured I’d score pretty well.
But that’s when I remembered all those times I couldn’t resist picking at my high school acne.
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Or that time when I was 14 and decided on my last day of holidays at the beach that I couldn’t go back to school with out a tan. So I ignored mum’s (very sensible) advice and sat in the sun sans sunscreen for three hours. Yeah, actually, that level of lobster-like-sunburn has happened more than a few times.
Hell, even last year I subjected my skin to a wholly unnecessary facial peel. Plus there’s what has been genetically passed on to me…
Eeek. Now I was a bit nervous.
The My Beauty Potential program was created by a leading Australian dermatologist who found that educated clients got better outcomes when looking for skin treatment options. So it’s basically like seeing a dermatologist for advice about treatment you may or may not need.
Because what’s the point of spending thousands at skin clinics or beauticians without seeing actual results?
So with a small mirror in hand I hopped on the website and entered my details. The program started with a short educational video that explained what happens to skin as it ages.