For many moms, taking care of their appearance quickly falls down their list of priorities — and helps add to the avalanche of self-care in every area going down the drain.
Mamas, do not go gentle into that good night!
You must take care of yourself. And taking care of your appearance is one of the easiest ways to do it. It is also surprisingly powerful, as anyone who has ever watched a good makeover show knows. (What Not To Wear, Queer Eye, Biggest Loser, etc . . . I love them all!)
Putting care into your appearance has a triggering effect. Even if you’re not feeling it at first and it seems like a waste of time, you are sending a subtle message to your subconscious that you matter. A trickle-down effect to other parts of your life *will* ensue!
One of the best places to start is with something you “wear” every single day — your face. If your skin looks good, it will have a huge effect on your beauty and confidence.
I’m not an expert, but through doing some research on why my new skincare routine is working so well for me, I have learned that it conforms to the gold standard, three basic steps to taking care of your skin.
This beauty blog by British beauty blogger Natasha Lee explains it perfectly: Do I Really Need to Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise?
Spoiler alert: the answer is, yes you do! (With Broad Spectrum SPF in your moisturizer for daytime.) As Natasha explains, though, it’s really simple, and really quick. She says her routine, which includes those steps plus eye cream, take four minutes. That sounds right to me. But those little minutes pay off with skin that looks & feels great, all day long — and saves time on make-up! (Plus, it’s fun.)
Regardless of your budget, you can find products to incorporate these steps into your routine. (Natasha uses No.7, a brand from the UK drugstore Boots, which I believe is now available at Target.) Find products you love with high quality ingredients that will address your particular skin issues. After having such great results with my Rodan + Fields regimen, I now firmly believe that it’s best to use products that are meant to go together, rather than a mish-mash of brands that might be working against each other. Check out my very expensive (over $400 worth?!) but impotent mish-mash from before:
All great brands, but together, they were not working, and I had no idea about cleanse-tone-moisturize, I was just slapping this stuff haphazardly on my face. And I was not happy with the results.
So, find a line you like, and commit yourself to following the three steps, every day, for at least 3-4 weeks. Otherwise, you won’t really know if it works for you.
That’s my 2 cents. I hope it *skinspired you* to take a new look at your skincare routine, and zuz it up!
What is your daily routine, and how does it work for you? Share in the Comments!