1. It’s okay to wear makeup
For the most part of my teenage years, I haven’t really worn makeup, not even powder! I guess looks doesn’t really bother me before. I mean, most of my classmates doesn’t wear any, so why should I? I sometimes wish I did though. I regret looking oily and pale at my old photos.
2. Accept what you have
Growing up, I’m always conscious about my chest. Some teenagers would kill to have bigger boobs but I always try to hide it with loose t-shirts. It all started in grade school wear my classmates would tease me for developing too early. I realized that those teasing were just a sign of jealousy. Little by little, I threw all those t-shirts away since I’ve accepted that this is what I have and this is an asset that I shouldn’t be embarrassed about. Look who’s laughing now.
3. Short hair or a bob is not for you
I used to have really straight hair when I was a kid but it became wavy and poofy when I reached grade school and teenage years. One day I played with scissors and gave myself a DIY haircut. Of course I fucked up so I had to go to the hairdresser and she has to cut it really short. I ended up having a mom haircut. It was the worst hairstyle of my life.
4. Take care of your skin more
I was diagnosed with eczema ever since I was a baby. It got worse in my teenage years. I had to put 4 kinds of cream everyday but sometimes I was too busy or should I say lazy to do it everyday. I wish I have taken care of it more. I’m glad the symptoms lessen now though.
5. Jeans are not uniforms
I used to wear jeans like, all the time. I’m still guilty of this but I wish I wore skirts, dresses and shorts when I was a teenager.
6. Stop ruining your hair with chemicals
I’ve done a lot of things to my hair just to make it straighter. I had my hair relaxed when I was 13 and I remembered the chemical was burning my scalp. I ended up having a natural looking straight hair though but of course it wasn’t temporary so I got my hair rebonded twice again. The chemicals ruined my hair. Now I have stopped and I have been loving my wavy locks and I’m lucky my hair got healthy again.
7. Don’t wear too much lip gloss
Lip gloss is what I love collecting growing up. I remembered I would put some on my lips like for every few minutes to make it really shiny when the truth is, it looks like I just ate a lot of oily lechon. haha. But then again, it was an in thing those days.
8. Stop wearing clothes that are only pink
Most of my clothes back then were pink in color. It’s not that I want to stop telling my younger self to stop wearing pink but just tell her to wear other colors too. Like, you know, black and white which is what I wear now most of the time? haha.
9. Refrain from curling your eyelashes every minute
I used to be so OC about my eyelashes. I always wanted it to be long and curly so I would usually use a clear mascara. I don’t know why I settled for a clear one when it’s obvious a black one would make it look dramatic. I guess I just want to have a naturally looking curly eyelashes? I used to curly it very often though and it was not a very good idea.
10. Be comfortable in your own skin
I wasn’t the most confident teenager, I don’t even think I have that much confidence. Insecurities get in the way and people’s views about me bothered me. So I should say this to my younger me: Be confident. Stop worrying what other people think of you and do whatever you want to do just as long as it makes you happy.