Join us for a 4 part series as we love the skin we’re in. A special thank you to Angela, a PFF Community member for leading us through this series!
What comes to mind when you think about skincare?
Maybe a 10 step Korean routine. Or perhaps you’re a face wash and sunscreen only gal. Maybe a face wipe before bed is your goal, or maybe you get regular facials and have a dermatologist on speed dial!
Skincare can mean a lot of different things to different people.
When you’re creating your own routine, it’s important to
- identify your goals,
- the amount of time you’re willing to devote to a routine, and
- any specific considerations you may want to take into account like allergies, ingredients you prefer to avoid, animal testing, and budget.
You could have the most perfectly curated 10 step system in the world, but if you’re not going to take the time to complete it, you’re better off committing to just a face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
The world of skincare is rife with marketing buzzwords, scare tactics, and pseudoscience, all aimed at parting you from your money, but it doesn’t have to be a wildly expensive endeavor, and if you’ve identified the aspects that are important to you, it becomes much easier to rule out products that don’t work for your skin, are too expensive, or don’t fit your ethical preferences.
In future posts, I’m going to give you insight into my personal routine, but please know that this is not one size fits all and what works for me might not work for you.
Your skin is your largest organ, so taking care of it isn’t just vanity, it is important for your health—take care of your skin because it is the barrier between you and the outside world and between sun exposure, pollutants, extreme weather, makeup, our diets and more it takes a battering every single day! Try to gift yourself at least 5-15 minutes in the mornings and evenings to give it some TLC and thank it for a job well done. And apply those ingredients from your head to your chest—it’s easy to see when someone has taken wonderful care of the skin on their face and neglected their neck and chest. All of that skin is very thin and delicate and deserves just as much love as your face.
I also want to caution that you beware of perfectionism in skincare.
Just as with diet, it can be very easy to veer into unhealthy behaviors in pursuit of “the perfect skin”. A lot of what our skin looks like is simply going to be a result of genetics, and the majority of the aging we see is due to sun exposure before the age of 20. If you have large pores, there’s no magical serum that will make them vanish. If you’ve got 11’s between your eyes, no cream will smooth that out. Skin care keeps our epidermis happy and healthy, but it is not an Instagram filter. Skin has imperfections, and I can pretty much guarantee that if you follow a regular routine you will see improvements.
Remember that most of the faces society has deemed “beautiful” are given a major assist from photoshop, fillers, great lighting and surgery!
Be kind to yourself, and as you massage that moisturizer into your skin, also work on loving the skin that you have, because it works hard for you!
In my next posts I’ll go over an example morning routine, night routine, and some of the extras that I like to incorporate every few days, weeks or months.
We’d love to hear from you if you have questions or even recommendations about something that may have worked well for you. We hope this helps simplify what can be a very overwhelming topic and helps you love your skin better!