Gretchen: My hairline is so weird.
Regina: My pores are huge.
Karen: My nail beds suck.
We’re all familiar with this classic Mean Girls quote (and if you’re not quite frankly what are you doing with your life?! Stop reading this immediately and go and watch Mean Girls…and then come back and finish this when you’re done) and I’m sure we’ve all chortled away. “Hahaha silly bints, what ridiculous things to be worried about! This film is jokes etc etc.” Well that was my reaction anyway until the other day. As you MAY have heard by now, I had no form of skin care routine up until a few weeks ago. It was face wipes at dawn until I decided that it was time to grow up and start looking after my face a bit more. This was all going grand and you can read about the transition here if you so wish.
HOWEVERRRRR back when I was a wipe wielder I never really paid that much attention to the condition of my skin. Well obviously but what I mean is I never really took much notice of blemishes and I literally never gave a second thought to the size or visibility of my pores. Like, ever. This may be down to the fact that after my acne ridden teen years anything since has just seemed minor, or at least all part and parcel of having normal skin. You get the odd blemish now and then, everyone does. Big whoop. I quite liked this form of ignorance being bliss, finally my skin was something that didn’t really cause me much grief and I was free to channel my energy into stressing about my ham arms (because the shape of my arms looks like a leg of ham hanging in a butcher’s window. Duh) or my unfair gum to tooth ratio. Now though, I notice things and one of the main things is my pores. I look into the mirror in the morning and my face is just pores. Pores as far as the eye can see, like the craters of the damn moon* and I am annoyed by this! It’s only really when my face is bare, once I’ve got make up on I find they are much less noticeable but stiiiiillllll.
We all know that pores are not meant to be seen. “MAKES PORES LESS VISIBLE!” “Reduces shine and TIGHTENS PORES!” the products shout at us from the shelves and magazines. Why am I suddenly so aware of my bloody pores?! Is it my Bioderma or my Le Roche-Posay doing weird things to my skin or is it just that I never noticed it before because I wasn’t looking for it? Or could it be that face wipes are actually the secret miracle skin care hero we’ve all been waiting for and we needn’t bother with any of that other crap…?!?! To be honest I’m not sure if I can be arsed to find out. It’s taken me this long to graduate to actual make up remover and it’s costing me a lot more money, I’m not about to go testing out every product under the sun so I’m just going to have to get over it I guess? It makes me a bit sad actually, I don’t really fancy having yet one more thing about my appearance that bothers me and knowing me, I’ll never be able to stop obsessing over it SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO FIX IT NOWWWWWW!!
The stupid thing is I’m sure no one else could even tell before and now you’ll all be noticing it too…