How to win the battle with skincare inconsistency

In the world of skincare there is one skill that is so underrated, the one skincare that separates good skincare from bad skincare and that is CONSISTANCY. It doesn’t matter if each skincare product you use is worth hundreds of dollars – if you are not consistent (morning & night, every single day) your skin will iffy and your good skincare days won’t be very often (with the exception of those who genetically amazing skin that needs minimal fuss). So today I wanted to share with you guys tips on how to become more consistent & battle skincare procrastination.

One assumption about skincare routines is that A) Morning skincare routines aren’t necessary – THEY ARE! Your skin still needs a good clean in the morning (albeit not a dramatic clean) & you are prepping your skin for the day whether you wear makeup or not. I will say though morning skincare routines don’t have to be super complex.

Also – you don’t need to have a super complex skincare routine with like 20-30 steps! Now I am not going to say it will be in less than 5 steps as I feel like my routine is both simple & efficient all at the same time.

So I am going to summarize below the main steps a AM/PM routine should have – this will vary based on skin type so I am keeping it very general & simple.

AM Routine:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner (preferable a spray toner / facial mist – more time saving)
  • Serum
  • Eye cream (if you can’t find an affordable eye cream you like / can’t afford a pricey one than you can skip this step – run serum under your eyes and then apply your moisturizer there & of course all over your face) .
  • Moisturizer
  • SPF – if your moisturizer contains SPF than that’s good too.

PM routine (if you aren’t removing makeup – than 1 cleanser is fine whether it’s a cleansing balm/oil or regular cleanser & the step of micellar water isn’t necessary)

  • Cleansing oil / Cleansing balm
  • Cleanser (cream cleanser)
  • Micellar water
  • ACID (e.g glycolic acid, AHA/BHAs)
  • Hydrating toner (e.g facial mist)
  • During the colder months you could throw in a facial oil a few times a week if you’d like
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer (A night cream/night treatment)

I will be doing a separate post on the steps in AM & PM routine & why they are necessary.

TIPS:

Now let me get onto the whole point of this post which is how to combat skincare routine procrastination. That was one lengthy back story but I felt like it was important to take the time to yap about that as there are so many assumptions about skincare.

So down below is how to beat the procrastination!

Keep the morning routine quick & simple

As I mentioned above (and you can see in the steps I listed) – the morning routine doesn’t need to be lengthy. It’s all about prepping your face for the day – whether you wear makeup or not.

Choose an effective method of removing makeup

Removing makeup is a tedious task let’s be honest. So rather than using 50 makeup wipes or 100 cotton rounds drenched with micellar water trying to take off the bulk of makeup – a cleansing oil or cleansing balm is a miracle worker. The day I started using a cleansing oil to take off my makeup is the day I never again slept in my makeup. It’s also a very gentle way of removing makeup that doesn’t involve wiping and rubbing at your skin.

Start your evening routine early

Granted if you are going out at night this isn’t going to work for you but if you have a work day for example or maybe you just wore makeup for the hell of it. Take off your makeup early. If you get home from work – take it off straight away. Waiting for bedtime means the snoozy vibes will kick in and there is nothing worse than trying to do your skincare routine when you are sleepy. So don’t wait till you get sleepy, if you can avoid it – makeup or no makeup if you aren’t having a late night out – do your PM routine at least a few hours before you usually get sleepy! Another small point I want to make which is related to doing your PM routine a few hours before bedtime or at least an hour – you don’t want to slap on your moisturizer & then put your face to a pillow. Worst case scenario give your face 20-30 minutes before sleep so you don’t get your moisturizer all over your pillow.

Worst case scenario – micellar water

I find the part of my skincare routine I’m the laziest for & this also can apply to face masks – is rinsing my face. This doesn’t necessarily apply in the mornings but in the evenings when you are sleepy or in my case cold (as it’s the last month of Autumn here in Australia) – the last thing you want to do is splash your face. So when I am faced with an evening where it’s gotten late and I am on the verge of skipping my night time routine (and on a no-makeup day). Instead of using a cleanser & splashing my face – I replace that step with micellar water. Then I happily follow the rest of my routine which is quick and easy & not tedious.

Don’t beat yourself up if you have bad days

There are going to be bad days – maybe you didn’t do your morning skincare routine because you had a hectic morning or didn’t wear makeup so it got procrastinated or eventually forgotten. Maybe you didn’t do your night time routine because you didn’t wear makeup that day or were too tired? Or you took of your makeup hastily (in my case cleansing oil and then literally I would go straight to bed). I’ve been guilty of all 3 of these (except I haven’t fallen asleep with makeup on but I can see that happening if you go out all night). It happens – beating yourself up isn’t going to fix it so with a brand new day you pick yourself up & do your skincare routine as if yesterday didn’t happen (maybe throw on a face mask to try and appease the skincare gods).

It will get easier & become the norm & your skin will thank you!

At first it seems foreign, you procrastinate more than actually going ahead with your routine. But over time you start to have more good streaks (numerous days … if not weeks in a row where you do your routine 2x a day every day). You’ll have less bad days and you will wonder how you couldn’t be bothered with skincare in the past. Also the main point – YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU! Now having a morning & nigh time skincare routine doesn’t magically guarantee you to have flawless skin & never get a pimple again. It depends for starters on your skin type (if you are blemish prone – than pimples can still happen frequently) BUT regardless – you will have more good skin days than bad skin days

 

And that wraps up this very lengthy post! Apologies if the beginning half of the post was rambly & confused you more. I am in the midst of planning lots of skincare posts to help explain it in the simplest way possible. I am by no means a skincare expert & the world of skincare is a confusing one but what I have learnt I will be sharing with you all and writing it in a clear & non-complicated way. What are your tips to combat skincare procrastination? Drop them in the comments below! I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll catch up with you lovely bunch of humans in the next post.

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24 Comments

  1. Shireen L. Platt

    June 28, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Skincare is very fickle and there’s no one product or rule fits all. My skin is going through some crazy phase now but I’m also sick, been having a really bad cold for more than a week.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 28, 2018 at 5:57 am

      Oh definitely. Product wise there’s definitely no one rule fits all. Our skin types are so specifics even when two people have the “same” skin type it doesn’t guarantee a skincare product will work the same for both.

  2. Angela

    June 28, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve learned that a consistent skin care routine makes a world of different on my 30+ skin – so worth the time! That being said, I really wish I could wash my face after I get home from work, but with two kids in the house, I have to wait until they’re in bed!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 28, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      Exactly – consistency is the key! I think it’s easy to try and find some magical products to do all the work for us but realistically without consistency, even products worth a lot of $$$ won’t be effective without frequent use.

  3. Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    June 28, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Great post! I’m trying to figure out a skincare routine for myself and feel really need to it.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 28, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      It’s definitely tricky to establish a skincare routine, When I did it I kept it simple at first and slowly built it up.

  4. Aleeha

    June 28, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I am yet to bring a toner into skincare routine, but I am planning on buying one soon! I’ve heard so much about how good toners are for your skin, there is one from Lush that I really want to go.
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 28, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      I’m obsessed with toners! Both acid toners & hydrating facial mists, it’s one of my favourite parts of my skincare routine.

  5. Naya

    June 30, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Great post here! I must say there are days when I wear no makeup and have zero interest in doing my nighttime skincare routine. No make-up, no cleansing right? Alas, it can feel like a chore. So I have to push myself to at least use a creamy cleanser and put some moisturizer on. Thanks for the tips xx

    Naya
    The Party Parrot Blog

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 30, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      That’s how I use to be, whenever I didn’t wear makeup I’d pretty much have a non-existent skincare routine but then my skin wouldn’t look good with makeup & that pushed me into feeling too guilty to wear makeup and for over a year I hardly wore it. Changing up how I approach skincare has made me fall in love with makeup wearing again.

  6. Gemma

    June 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I’m not super consistent with my skincare, i tend to be flexible especially with the changing weather! xx

    Gemma Etc. ❤️

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      I get what you mean I’m not necessarily consistent with the products I use but I try to be consistent in having an AM and PM skincare routine everyday.

  7. Emily

    June 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I’ll be honest that I’m completely guilty of only cleansing at night time so you’ve definitely made me realise I need to up my game! I’ve recently had a break out of spots too so this is definitely a good time to take your advice and re-evaluate what I’m not doing!

    Musings & More

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      I feel you girl. I did this just last night. Consistency in skincare is always an uphill battle and I’ve found myself to still have bad days, the last two weeks have been crazy and my skincare routine has definitely suffered as a result. It’s always good to take a step back and re-evaluate, once you get into the groove of a skincare routine it becomes so much easier.

  8. Gabrielle

    June 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    It’s genuinely super useful to see a step-by-step guide to the best elements to have in AM and PM skincare routines! It’s crazy how temperamental our skin can be, right?! haha. Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!

    aglassofice.com x

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 30, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      There’s still a lot of content I want to do about skin care routines. The world of skincare is so confusing and I’m still learning things I didn’t know. Tell me about it! Even when we do everything right with our skincare, it can still decide to freak out. Thank you lovely, Hope your weekend is awesome too!

  9. Danielle Alexa

    June 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I really need to work on my skincare routine, it is an absolute mess at the morning!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      June 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      I’ve been having a bit of an iffy time with my skincare. The last two weeks have been crazy but I’m trying to whip my butt back into shape and once again commence with consistancy.

  10. Elena Isabelle

    July 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    it took me years to establish a consistent skincare routine. i like to keep it very simple and mainly use products from the ordinary and it has worked wonders on my skin.
    ❤︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      July 1, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      I also like to keep it simple where I can, when there are too many products it’s hard to keep up and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by too many steps in a routine.

  11. Parie

    July 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I am so bad at keeping things consistant, I think I need to print this and stick it in my bathroom! x

    Parie x
    classandglitter

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      July 1, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      I’ve been tempted to write down my skincare routine and stick it to my bathroom but I rotate products too much for that to work haha. Consistancy in skincare is an underrated skill!

  12. Cortney

    July 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Ahhh yes my favourite smelling Neutrogena moisturiser… I love it, just can’t deal with the smell.

    Cortney | https://www.makeupwithcortneyblog.wordpress.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      July 6, 2018 at 3:39 am

      I actually love the smell as its not too over powering for me haha

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