Many people, including yours truly, have trouble when it comes to sticking to a skincare routine. We want our products to work immediately, and if they don't we have a tendency to flip flop between products or just giving up on skincare in general (if this is you, first). Whether you're a newbie at skincare or a pro, these tried and true tips will help you to stay on track and get the progress you want.
1- be consistent
When staying on track with a skincare routine, consistency is the most important part. You must continuously use your skincare to increase or maintain results. If you're not so keen on organization or self-discipline when it comes to your skin, make a definite schedule and stick to it. Make sure if you plan to mask or exfoliate a few times a week to keep track of how often you are using certain skincare products, also not to over exfoliate or under exfoliate which can hinder your results.
A lot of people tend to do self-care Sunday where they take time to pamper themselves with a focus on their skin, this is a catchy and easy way to remember sticking with your skincare regimen. I personally mask every Sunday and Wednesday, alternating between a clay mask and an exfoliating mask. How do I remember to do this and stay on schedule? Wine Wednesday and Self Care Sunday, of course!
2- stay patient
Remember that new skincare routines take at least one month or one skin cycle to work, and typically, two to see results. After this point is when you should determine whether or not a routine is actually working for you. Stay patient and be positive! Results aren't going to happen overnight, especially with acne and anti-aging products.
Try to stick to one routine and not switch up products too often. Testing out new products can always be fun and exciting but try to stick with the same basics for at least a few months, adding in or testing out a new product no more than once every two weeks or once a month.
3- keep organized
Keep all of your skincare products in one place so you can clearly see exactly what you need without scrambling around searching for the perfect mask or spot treatment. Having all of your products in one place makes skincare time relaxing so you can pamper yourself, instead of being stressed out searching for what you need! Make sure you have cotton rounds, tissues, and any other items you may need for toner or makeup remover fully stocked. Try to fill up on products at least a week or two before you run out of them so you don't run into any issues when it comes time to get down to business.
4- track your progress
But how do I stay motivated you may ask? Make sure to check in with your skin (and yourself) weekly. Taking weekly progress pictures of your skin can help you in deciding whether or not a product or routine is working for you. If you see improvement after a month, keep doing what you're doing. But if your skin seems to get worse, perhaps try a new method or switching up your routine.
Many people take daily progress photos but I personally think your skin shifts too much on a day to day basis to judge it that frequently. Taking comparison photos using this method may lead to feelings of impatience and hopelessness if a routine is not working right away. Remember, consistency and patience are the underlying basis for staying on track with a skincare routine.
5- be positive!
You just have to find what works best for you! Remember everyone's skin is different, what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. And what works for you, might not work for someone else. We all have different genetics, diets, and lifestyles; therefor our skin may react differently to certain products or ingredients. Your mind is a powerful tool, if you go into a treatment thinking "this isn't going to work" it can actually hinder your results. Keep persevering, stay positive, and you'll find what works best for your skin!
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Kali Kushner, known as the Instagram alias myfacestory, is a natural beauty advocate in the greater Cincinnati area who is passionate about using organic skincare and holistic remedies to heal acne from the inside out. Her dedication lies in her own chronic acne struggles as she continues to restore herself while helping those around her.