The moment she saw me, she's like, "FLAWLESS!"
She even wrote 'flawless' in my medical record file. LOL.
So basically, today, and for the past few weeks, I am officially acne-free.
|NO FACE MAKEUP, AND DEFINITELY NO PHOTOSHOP NEEDED!|
There is a god, hallelujah!
My Acnotin dose has been reduced to twice weekly, and then later will be monthly, and hopefully, I will be medication free.
There is a slight problem here. But a big ass first world problem.
To be medication free and acne free forever and ever, I have to totally stop wearing makeup (as in foundation/two way cake/powder).
I gasp with horror.
How am I supposed to face my tactless students?!
I am not so vain as I did go to work without makeup a few times (but those are for camps and non-academic activities). But when the kids saw me, they're like, "Teacher, what the fuck's wrong with your face?!" Well, not exactly their words, but you can see in their eyes that they were disappointed with their seemingly gorgeous and flawless teacher who actually has sallow, sickly skin and panda eyes when not wearing makeup. I have to lie that I don't have enough sleep, whereas I did have the perfect 8 hour beauty sleep.
So I am in a real dilemma here. Wear makeup to work and look like a super model, but have acnes forever and have to eat the damn liver-damaging Acnotin; or, not wear makeup forever and look like a Plain Jane, no, an actual teacher who puts the needs of her students before hers hence not caring how she looks, but skin will be flawless forever.
IT'S SO HARD TO CHOOSE!
It's like making me choose a favourite child.
Makeup to me is like second skin, and it's a great confidence booster knowing that you look prettier than the other ladies. However, if I do have flawless skin now (which I do, albeit a little scarring here and there), I don't really need makeup 'coz the point of makeup is to cover flaws. But I'd still feel naked without it especially when going for work.
However, she's right. Why do we wear makeup? To cover flaws. But it will also cause flaws. And you wear more makeup. And it will never stop. It's a fucking vicious cycle.
Therefore, I will, no matter how hard it will be, to consider not wearing makeup to school. Someday. She said it's okay to wear foundation once in a while. For special occasions, and definitely not for 5 days a week. According to her, the level of harmfulness of face makeup from least harmful to the most is this: loose powder < powder < two-way cake < liquid foundation < BB cream. Or something like that (she speaks really fast). So if I really, really, can't possibly go to work without makeup, I'd have to use just loose powder. And still have acne. Fuck.
On a side note, I did ask her about anti-ageing serums and collagens, using my mother as a pretext for my own use, 'coz well, I'm obsessed on looking forever young, besides having clear skin.
Here's something that would be very useful for you beauty junkies out there. Over the counter anti-ageing serums do not have any active ingredients, therefore are allowed to be sold e.g. Estee Lauder, SK-II. No matter what the advertisement says, they do not contain the active ingredients permitted to be sold for the masses without the prescription of doctors. Therefore, it will not promise you baby butt skin so it will be a waste of hard earned cash. If you want an actual working serum, go to a dermatologist who will prescribe you one after numerous questions, blood tests and hormone tests.
As for collagen drinks, they're just as good as eating steaks. 'Coz they are just protein from whatever animals. So yes, you're very much welcome as I have made you saved a lot of money from buying a RM300 elixir of youth.
So I asked her, what is the secret of a youthful skin and being? Basically the things that we already know: enough sleep, lots of water, veges and fruits, no smoking, no drinking and sufficient exercise. Don't be lazy, she said. There's no miracle cure for ageing. But she did suggest on taking calcium and fish oil. Vitamin C injections don't work either, but laser treatment for scars and wrinkles do. Botox should be alright (judging from her fabulous cheeks), but it's better to get it done by a doctor, rather than a beautician who makes you buy stuff and do things you don't really need.
Funny how you never listen to your mother, but when a stranger tells you the same thing, you'd listen to them instead. So, for the first time, as I was having breakfast right after my appointment with her, I ate the veges in my bowl of yee mien. (I need to stop chastising my younger brother for never listening to our advice but for listening to others')
So, in conclusion, being a living testimony to her awesomeness, I highly recommend her for your skin woes. And tell her I said hi if you ever decide to meet her. :D