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.
- Toner (preferable a spray toner / facial mist – more time saving)
- 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) .
- 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
- Moisturizer (A night cream/night treatment)
I will be doing a separate post on the steps in AM & PM routine & why they are necessary.
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.