Since my daughter was about one year old she has diligently sat in the bathroom and watched me work through my routine each night. She has studied each step as I have removed my makeup, washed my face, followed with cleansing lotion, and then slathered on moisturizer.
She has never been one to hide from questions, so I have explained each and every step several times. Why I do it. What it does. Where it comes from. And the list goes on.
And then a few weeks ago it happened. As I was prepping my cotton ball with that glorious pink clensing lotion I heard "Mom, can I use some of that?"
What would it hurt? Nothing came to mind so I smeared some all over her face. I grabbed my moisturizer and heard it again "I need some of that too."
I put a little dab of the yellow stuff in her hand and let her rub it all over her face. She smiled and told me she really liked it. I like it too honey. It's a must-have for sure.
And each night has followed the same routine. And now I sit and wonder. Am I completely screwing up my four year old with a night time facial routine, or am I actually doing her a favor?
My mom never taught me anything about skin care or hair care. My first pimple popped up around age 10, and at age 34 I still deal with adult acne. I was 21 and in college when I discovered a skin care routine. A routine that I still use today because it keeps my face clean, my pores hidden, and my acne cleared up.
Had I had the fortunate experience of discovering skin care at a young age would I have all these acne scars? Would I have weird creases, lines and blotches all over my face from too much sun with out SPF, the wrong products, and years of going to bed with a dirty face?
Now I'm not about to run to the local skin-care counter and purchase my daughter my beloved 3-Step System. She's only four for goodness sake (and that stuff is good, but a little pricey). But I wonder if it isn't a bad idea to take her to the local drugstore, purchase a few store brand items, and start teaching her about proper skin care routines. Should I try to instill in her habits that I learned much too late in life?
What do you think?
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