8 Beauty Sins I Committed in My 20s That I Really Regret (PHOTOS)

Mary Hawkins | Jun 13, 2013 Beauty & Style

woman in newportI'm not even going to try and be humble about it. I was a hot ticket 10 years ago -- back in my 20s when gravity, hormones, and a slowing metabolism hadn't caught up with me yet.

I knew I looked good (as obnoxious as that sounds) -- and that's probably why I didn't worry too much about using my common sense when it came to my beauty routine. I was super-naive and figured I'd simply gotten good genes and would never have to worry about the aging process rearing its ugly head.

But now that I'm about to turn 36 in a couple months (yikes!), I honestly wish I could go back in time and give myself a swift kick in the rear end for committing as many beauty sins as I did.

If only I'd paid a little more attention to the possible permanent damage I was doing to my appearance (not to mention my health), maybe I could still get away with telling people I'm 28. Ok, that may be pushing it a little. But I probably could pass for 30 had I realized how important it was to take care of myself.

Check out these photos to see 8 beauty mistakes I really regret making back in my 20s.


Image via Mary Fischer

  • Using Tanning Beds


    Image via Evil Erin/Flickr

    OMG. I was a total tanning bed junkie -- for years. Years, people! If only I'd truly known how harmful they are, I would've given up fake-n-baking much sooner.

  • Shaving ... Everywhere ...


    Image via meddygarnet/Flickr

    Ok, so shaving my legs is no big deal -- but how dumb was I to get in the habit of shaving my entire bikini area? It's not like I can turn back now -- that would be a disaster. I could kick myself for shaving instead of waxing, which would've been much more effective.

  • Over-Highlighting My Hair


    Image via The Miami Story/Flickr

    Foil after foil, highlight after highlight -- my hair is officially fried. Why didn't I take a break and go back to my natural color, at least during the winter months?

  • Going to Bed With Makeup On


    Image via Jenn Durfey/Flickr

    Ugh. I can't count the number of times I came home and was too drunk tired to remove my makeup, so I slept in it. And all that dirt and bacteria sat on my eyes and face all night long. What an idiot.

  • Having Fake Nails


    Image via sunshinecity/Flickr

    Yes, I did the whole acrylic nail thing for quite some time during my younger days, and it really ruined my natural nails. They haven't been the same since. And they looked so ... fake, so I have no idea why I had them put on in the first place.

  • Washing My Hair Every Day


    Image via ktpupp/Flickr

    I thought I was being clean, but it turns out washing your hair every day strips it of its natural oils. And even though I skip a day in between shampoos now, the damage is already done.

  • Not Getting on a Good Skin Care Regimen


    Image via sunshinecity/Flickr

    I had no clue that your skin has different needs at every age of your life. I regret not getting into a good routine with cleanser, toner, scrub, and moisturizer early on. I take good care of my skin now, but can't turn back the hands of time.

  • Not Working Out Regularly


    Image via lululemon athletica/Flickr

    Let's not kid ourselves, here -- exercise has as much of an effect on your beauty as it does on your overall health. That "muscle memory" thing isn't a myth, and had I worked out more when I was younger, I'd probably see results faster now.

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