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Wondering On Wednesday: What Advice Did You Ignore?

When I was a pre-teen, my mom started talking to me about the importance of skin care as preventative maintenance. She provided lessons, shared her products, purchased for me a whole regimen of my very own; she encouraged all kinds of good habits and the development of night-time and early-morning routines. She did all of this in the hope that one day I’d not look in the mirror and complain that my my neck is beginning to resemble that of a chicken.

I’m not a ‘product’ kind of gal and my approach to skin care has been wash-and-go. I’ve never found a moisturizer I like and because I was gifted with my mom’s soft skin, I just assumed I’d ride this genetic lottery bonanza until I was at least 50. Well, apparently mom knew what she was talking about and she’s had a little help over the years from royal jelly or some such thing. I wasn’t paying enough attention when she rattled on and on about how I was supposed to dab a little here and dot a little there. The older I get, the younger she looks. My neck, yup, it’s starting to cackle.

I’m wondering on Wednesday—what little piece of motherly advice do you wish you’d heeded?

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