Here's a trivia: According to Reader's Digest, signs of ageing skin start to appear in your mid-20s.
What you do to your skin during this time will pretty much affect how it will look in your 30s and 40s.
This is why former Miss World and actress Megan Young believes that people should start taking care of their skin as early as possible.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press, Megan recalled, "Ang laging sinasabi sa ’kin ng mga handlers ko noon, 'O, alagaan mo yung skin mo,’ ganyan.
"So that’s something na they would try to infiltrate into my mind na kailangan alagaan mo yung sarili mo.
"Kasi pag dumating na yung time na dumating ka na sa ganitong age, baka pagsisihan mo na hindi mo inalagaan.
"Na kahit man lang taking off your makeup at night, it’s so simple pero minsan nakakalimutan natin. So, it’s just the conscious effort lang.
"I think I started mga taking care of myself just before Miss World. So mga 22, 23, I could’ve started earlier pero may pagkatamad talaga ako no’n."
PEP.ph caught up with the GMA-7 actress at the shoot of her Cosmo Skin commercial at The Manila Marriott Hotel, Pasay City on June 7.
SKIN CARE TIP. Megan further admitted that she didn't give her skin proper care during her teenage years compared to how she does her skin-care routine now.
She explained, ""Very boyish ako in the sense na, you know, like, sige go with the flow lang, wash lang ng face, ganyan, but it’s not really as intensive as how I take care of myself now.
"Now kasi, you know, I’m very conscious about what I put into my body, with the food that I eat, what I drink, and supplements that I intake.
"Kailangan maging conscious ako kasi I’m looking at taking care of myself for the long run, not just for, you know, a project that I have next month or not just because, you know, may pinaghahandaan ako.
"Kailangan pang-long term na talaga. So ngayon pa lang, conscious na ako sa lahat."
The Stepdaughters actress noted the importance of the food you eat.
She said, "The mere fact that you're taking care of yourself it could be from, starting from what you eat.
"Like, are you gonna eat this certain food? Like, will that affect your body? Will that affect your appetite?
"Or even that the way that your mind will function for the day? Are you gonna intake that alcohol?
"I mean that’s, it’s all a choice that you can make as early as possible."
Megan stressed a skin-care routine is not about vanity, "Well, siyempre may mga ibang tao na sasabihin, 'Ang aga-aga, ang bata-bata mo pa, kung anu-ano na nilalagay mo sa balat mo.'
"I think, as young men and women, we have the choice naman to do what we want with our face and with our skin and with our bodies.
"As long as you’re doing it for your well-being, and you’re doing it to express yourself, I don’t see anything wrong with it.
"Like I said, as early as you want to, you can start taking care of your skin.
"As long as you know that it’s safe, you’re doing it with guidance, there’s nothing wrong with that.
"May misconception lang kasi talaga minsan, di natin maiwasan na may gano’ng mentality.
"And it’s about educating the people around us, 'Oh, okay, this is me, this is what I wanna start doing.
"And this is me educating you about it.’"
SKIN PROBLEMS? Megan is grateful she hasn't noticed yet any wrinkle or dark spots on her face.
"Wala pa naman akong wrinkles, but I do have like a lot of skin on my forehead but wala lang naman sa ’kin yon.
"I think it’s really just pag sobrang puyat ako sa taping 'tapos my skin starts feeling very dry and gray and flaky.
"And nangyayari din yon kapag hindi ako nakakapag-moisturize ng skin.
"So sa mga oras na nangyayari iyon, nagsisisi talaga ako, and I just start going back to my skin-care routine.
"It’s a good lesson kasi siyempre trabaho ko ‘to so I really need to be on top of it."
A beach lover, she says the sun is our skin's biggest enemy.
"Well, ako kasi I really love going to the beach. I super love the beach.
"One of the challenges I have to really take care of is yung masunog yung skin ko.
"'‘Will this affect my skin long term?’ It’s just about being careful with the things that you love.
"Like if I love going to the beach, I know that I have to take precaution— put on sunscreen.
"Make sure na hindi aabot sa point na parang masusunog yung balat ko.
"Lalo na kung alam ko sensitive skin ako. So, it’s just about doing research and taking precaution."
When asked about her routine, Megan said she likes to keep it simple.
"So I wash my face, I have a duo cleanser that I use—puwede siyang makeup remover, pwede siyang facial wash.
"Di ako nagto-toner kasi sobrang dry ng skin ko, sometimes I use like a toning lotion.
"So that’s two, it’s like a liquid, liquid-lotion-toner. So I moisturize, so that’s three.
"I use eye cream, that’s four. And sometimes pag sobrang dry ng skin ko, I’ll use facial oil.
"So, 4, 5 [steps] at the most."