skinThe other night as I was washing my face and getting ready for bed, I looked at myself in the mirror and was suddenly horrified over how old and haggard my face looks. For the first time in a long time, my complexion is dull and blah. I'm starting to get a little bit of loose skin around my eyes. And I just don't look, well -- in my 20s anymore.

And even though I know very well that the reason I don't look like I'm in my 20s is because I'm 35, I still don't like the idea of looking 35, you know?

What's really weird is that as early as two years ago, I really could've passed for a woman under 30 (or at least I thought so).

And based on how much rougher my appearance has gotten over the time span of a couple years, I think I know what my problem is. I stopped being diligent with my skin care routine.

You see, back in the day, I did the whole spa party biz thing. I was really "in the know" when it came to how to successfully take care of my skin so I don't wind up looking like the inside of an old catcher's mitt in my elder years. And when I stuck to a strict beauty routine, my skin literally glowed. It looked healthy, fresh, and youthful.

And I never should've slacked on it. Ever. And as of now, I'm starting to back up again and making sure I take good care of my skin in the hopes that I'll get the glow back and won't regret taking a couple years off.

Trust me, if you haven't gotten into a good skin care regime yet, you need to do it now. Like RIGHT now.

Here are 11 things you need to start doing right away so your skin will thank you later.

What is your current skin care routine?

 

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