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4 Things a 30-Year Beauty Veteran Would Tell Her 25-Year-Old Self

Beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson has been in the business for around 30 years, starting her career in at Mademoiselle and eventually working with magazines like More and Ladies' Home Journal. "I kind of aged with my reader," Johnson explains.

And as you can imagine, Johnson has picked up a lot of cosmetic tips and tricks along the way. So with that knowledge in mind, what advice would she give if she could go back in time and have a chitchat with her 25-year-old self? To find out the confessions of this beauty editor, just keep reading.

  • "Don't go in the sun, Lois! Don't do it!": "I really trashed my skin, and I paid for it, because I have a lot of skin and sun damage issues," Lois explains. In fact, after being diagnosed with skin cancer three years ago, Lois had to have the tip of her nose removed and then reconstructed. "I'm a huge advocate of wearing sunscreen every day. Learn to love the look of your real skin — and make it as beautiful as possible," she advises.
  • No extreme dieting: "Living on soda and cigarettes and gum is not going to help you," proclaims Lois. "We all need water and fruits and vegetables. And while it might not be as much fun as Cracker Jacks and Snapple, [eating right] is really better for you in the long run.
  • It's harder to recover from a night out drinking: "If you go out at night and have a glass of wine or two glasses of wine, it's going to show on your face the next morning," Lois says, adding, "And I think when you're 25, maybe you can get away with it. But by the time you get to be 30 or 35, you're going to see it."
  • No tweezing out your eyebrows: "They just don't grow back," she exclaims. "I opted out of the eyebrow thing by having bangs for my entire life. I have really bad eyebrows and I just cut long bangs." Ah bangs, they really do disguise a multitude of sins, no?
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GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I wished I told my 25 year old self to stop wasting money on drugstore skin care products because you are allergic to darn near all of them and you have sensitive skin despite what ill-informed peers and doctors say.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Definitely was a trend way (way) back when, and also I feel like around the late '90s. Urgh. I do not particularly love pictures of me from back then. ;-)
neonbee neonbee 5 years
And to think no eyebrows was the fashionable thing centuries ago.
myhousemd myhousemd 5 years
I would pluck my eyebrows bald, but thankfully they've grown back well in the few years since I've stopped! I have to use brow gel and powder, but I am a natural blonde.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Yeah, that's around the age when you start seeing last night's wine show up on this morning's face. Fun, isn't it?
flutturu flutturu 5 years
I'm 27 and I'm already starting to notice the effect on alcohol on my face the day after drinking :(
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
I hear you aimeeb. I have had a similar experience with overtweezing!
aimeeb aimeeb 5 years
I can attest to the eyebrow point. I happened to tweeze a la Gwen Stefanie when I was 17 and now at 29 they still have never recovered. :(
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