Over the years, it’s easy to accumulate steps into your beauty routine until you have a million and one lotions, scrubs, peelers, moisturisers, tweezers and foundations to contend with – and that’s just for your face. You probably don’t even know which of them are working anymore, but it’s become a habit, and you might be scared of changing anything particularly if your skin is relatively stable at the moment. However, having long and involved beauty regimes can have long-term effects on you, both physically and mentally. There comes a time when it is important to take a step back, reevaluate, and reconsider where you want to focus your energies. By doing this, you’ll be taking the time to listen to yourself and your body, deal with any lingering concerns and move forward with informed confidence.
Simplify Your Skincare
How many elements are in your skincare routine? Three? Five? Fifteen? It varies for everyone, but many people get drawn into using multiple products on their skin every day, many of which are either ineffective or even doing more harm than good! It’s difficult to stop, as you may not be sure which ingredients are working and which to cut out. However, in the long-term, you will thank yourself for taking the plunge and simplifying. To do this takes a while, but it is worth it. First, cut out everything aside from your basic face wash and moisturiser – and then stick to just these two for a month to allow your skin to settle! You may get breakouts during this time as your skin adjusts, but as it settles you might find out that you don’t actually need anything else. If you are still having problems, add in your other products one by one, leaving a month between each introduction. If something makes a difference after a month, keep it, if not, throw it out of your routine for good. Eventually, you will end up with the simplest, most effective routine, and avoid putting lots of redundant chemicals on your skin.
Knowing your own skin is the most important part of a good beauty routine. If you can, make an appointment with a dermatologist who can give you a professional rundown of your skin type and inform you how to care for yourself. After that, just make sure you don’t get complacent! Our skin changes over time and the ingredients that worked for you as a teenager may do nothing for your skin twenty years later. Keep listening to yourself and to what your body is telling you, and be ready to change it up when you need to. Embrace the passing of time rather than pretending it doesn’t exist, and your beauty will grow and mature as you do.
How many of us have an element of our body we are unhappy with, and have been unhappy with for years, and yet we do nothing about it other than blaming ourselves and trying to hide it away with make-up, certain clothes or hairstyles? It may be that you don’t know how to address it, or that you are afraid of change, or that you feel there is a stigma attached to taking action for your body that goes beyond what you can do from home. And yet, if it is a matter of making yourself happy and giving you peace of mind, you should be able to take control over your own body. A good plastic surgeon will be able to work with you to keep you feeling confident, proactive and comfortable whilst helping you to identify exactly what it is you’re looking to accomplish. If you’ve felt unhappy about something for ages, then the best thing you can do is to take positive action and give yourself the gift of confidence.
It’s so easy to get bogged down in the tiny details of your appearance – a spot here, a wrinkle there, a curve in slightly the wrong place. However, one of the most important ways you can reevaluate your approach to your beauty routine is by developing a positive mindset, allowing your beauty to shine through. Train yourself to focus on the elements of your appearance that you love, and can feel proud of. Learn to adore even your flaws, for they are what make you unique and interesting. Rather than looking in the mirror and searching for improvements to make, look in the mirror and remind yourself that you are beautiful just as you are! By doing this, you will be taking care of yourself both physically and mentally, and keeping all your approaches to your beauty within the perspective of knowing your own, magnificent worth.