5 Things A Skincare Routine Taught Me
Is having a skincare routine really that important? I’m sure it’s a question we have all asked ourselves at some stage.
Only recently I’ve started to learn that yes, it really is! However it’s not just important for the obvious reason of looking after your skin.
About 12 months ago I began to realise that I hated how I looked. I wanted to be that person you saw in the shops with the perfect hair and makeup, complete with the perfect contour. Not to mention having the confidence to wear an outfit I’d only wear when I went out. If I ever went out that is. Don’t tell me you all haven’t thought the same at some point!
The reality is, I can’t be that person. I’m a parent to a toddler and not only that, I just don’t have the time or the skills to be that kind of woman. Unless it’s a special occasion or something, but not on an everyday basis.
So I settled for the next best thing. Having good skin so I didn’t have to wear makeup. This ties in with my post about subscription boxes and why I ended up signing up for one.
When I first set out on this mission, the most my “skincare routine” consisted of was taking a baby wipe and washing my makeup off at the end of the night….or the next morning. Or using a baby wipe to fix up last nights makeup the day after.
Yes, I was that sort of person. Please don’t judge! I know you all did it at some stage!
When I started looking after my skin or at least trying to look after it, I wasn’t expecting much. It may have had something to do with the fact that I had no idea what I needed to do. Or why. Now it’s roughly a year or so later and I’ve still got a long way to go! But I have learnt some things.
Skincare is actually a much larger world than I originally thought! It’s not just about cleansing, toning and moisturising! Apparently that is just the basics! There are so many more products that can be used, which of course means adding more steps to your routine. I’ve recently learnt that Korean skincare has 12 steps! Mine maxes out around 8 steps at the moment, but I’m sure in another 10 months that will change!
There is a difference between all the products! I remember when I used to go shopping for look a toner or a moisturiser and go “it doesn’t matter they are all the same.” Wrong! I was so very wrong. They are not all the same. And getting the right product to match your skin type can be the difference between beautiful skin and breakouts.
Consistency is key! Now I know we all have busy lives and the Reality is, we don’t have lots of spare time. Not everyone has the time to do a 12 step skincare routine which includes a mud mask or sheet mask that needs 40 minutes to process. I wish I had that sort of time! I also wish my child slept through the night so I could put a mask on and not scare her when she wakes up! Unfortunately that’s the joys of being a mom.
However! I always try to make time for some form of nightly routine. And if I’m having a lazy day, which is code for I can’t be bothered, I just cleanse, tone and moisturise. Unless it’s a really lazy day and then I only cleanse. I know it may not seem like much but taking all the dirt and sweat off your face at the end of the day can do wonders!
Once you reach “healthy skin” stage, you’ll know. Physically I could see the difference the products was having on my skin. My skin was a lot clearer and having less breakouts, I even had to go up on foundation shades! Okay it was only a single shade up from my usual, but still. It wasn’t something I was expecting to happen as a result of having healthy skin. Having lived in Australia for almost 10 years I was still looking pale and pasty. I thought that was my natural skin tone! Oh gosh how wrong was I, it turns out once I started taking care of my skin I had actually developed a healthy glow in my time here.
My final lesson is confidence! You may think that I mean confidence in knowing what I’m doing. Yes that is a huge part of it. Since I started this journey and sharing my thoughts and recommendations on products, I’ve realised that I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t skincare savvy. I then became the person answering people’s questions rather than the one asking. But most importantly I felt confident in leaving the house without makeup on, because I actually like my skin and how it looks now that I look after it.
And there we go! There’s some of the main things I learnt since undertaking my skincare journey! Thank you for taking the time to read my post and hopefully you can relate. Or it may prompt you to start your own skincare journey! I’m certain that as I continue on my journey I’ll learn more and more so stay tuned!
Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve learnt during your skincare journey! Or share your motivation for deciding to start on a skincare journey!