Have you missed me? Well, I missed you. If you were to ask me where I’ve been, I’d say that I’ve been taking care of the business of living my life. I’ve been working on my friendships, relationships, my blessings, my food, and everything else.
But I haven’t been as consistent in my beauty routine, and so I decided to talk to you today about how important it is to remain consistent in maintaining your routines. Not only for your outer beauty, also for your inner beauty.
Now, I’ve discussed in previous blogs how important my day and night routines are to me because they help me greet the morning and welcome in the night. My daily routine gives me the confidence to seize the day and make great things happen. My nightly routine allows me to disconnect from the day and calm my mind enough to get ready for sleep. Together, these routines help me achieve my ultimate goal of balance.
However, sometimes life can get in the way of your goals to be consistent. A fastball here, a curveball there, and suddenly you’re so far off-course with no way out. Sometimes you come home late from work and you don’t feel like doing your nightly self-care routine. Other times, you’re rushing out the door, and all you have time for is moisturizer and sunscreen. It happens to all of us.
So how do we keep ourselves heading in a consistent direction? Well, here are my tips for maintaining consistency not only in beauty routines but also in life.
- Set an Intention-Make a conscious decision to form a habit.
- Ease Into the Habit-This is key. Don’t go blowing tons of money at the beauty counter and use all of it in one night. Your face will NOT be happy. Instead, get a new sample of a product to try when you have 25% or less remaining in a current one. Try it for seven days. If you like it, purchase it so that you can seamlessly integrate it into your routine once your current product is finished. Do this for all the products that you want to try.
- Keep Your Routine Manageable-If you’re someone who likes a simple routine of double cleansing, toning, treating and moisturizing…then stick to it. Don’t follow a 12-step Korean routine because it’s the latest craze. Now, personally, a Korean-style skincare routine has done wonders for my skin, but it’s a lot. There have been a couple of nights where I go to bed after washing my face alone. However, I stick to my routine for the most part because it has brought me great results. You’re more likely to stick to something if it’s easy for you to handle.
- Be Open to Adapting Your Routine-Sometimes, you will need an extra layer of something here or there. In the winter, I layer on moisture from the thinnest product to the thickest product, and I always use water-based products before oil-based products. However, sometimes I need something thicker to preserve moisture. I’ll use it. In the summertime, I use one layer of moisturizer…and that’s it.
- Stick to Your Routine-Our elders always tell us: “The Reward is in the Routine.” You only get the good results by showing up day in and day out. The same holds true for skincare. It takes at least 30 days to see if a product works due to skin cycles and skin-cell turnover. The Europeans, as well as the South Koreans, know this rule and teach their children this rule…but us Americans still need to understand this.
I hope that I’ve given you something to think about. How do you remain consistent with your beauty routine?