We all have the best intentions whether it be related to our diet, exercise program or other goals. This is about committing to a solid skin care regime. Just like all other ‘habits’ it can take practice for a new skin care program to become the new normal. I believe the research shows that it takes 21 days for a new practice to become a habit. So, how can we make that easier and help insure we will commit?
The easier we can make it for ourselves, the more likely we are to experience success.
First off, decide what your day time skin care should look like for you and what you are trying to target. Ideally, everyone includes an antioxidant and a sunscreen with zinc every morning. A night time routine should include a retinol/retinoid and plenty of moisture. Once you have established which skin care items are going to suite your skin care needs make sure the products are accessible. It can be easy to want to skip any part of the routine when we are in a rush to get out in the morning or we are exhausted at night.
Have all your must use products easily accessible. I keep a tray with my current products on the bathroom counter next to my sink. I am always able to commit in the morning, it is at night, sometimes, when I am exhausted, that I might be less committed. But once I brush my teeth my products are right there so I rarely skip.
I am a true believer in topical skin care. I came in to medical aesthetics with pretty sun damaged skin and can honestly say that I turned my skin around. I once thought tanner was better. I even used tanning beds back in the day. Being a pale red head, this was just a bad idea on so many levels. I believe that what we use topically is a big piece of the “pie” and is worth the money and time.
I tell patients to, at the very least, commit to an antioxidant, sunscreen and retinol/retinoid. I am a huge fan of products with multiple peptides these days as well.
Maybe this well help you get on board with a topical skin care routine.