Not very long ago, I sat down with a few girls and we got round to talking about skincare – what else eh? 😀 As we chatted, I was asked what I did for my skin care and what I used. Now, having a new found love for skincare, I have been doing a lot of homework and messing around and I was quite happy to talk about what I’d learned and what I did.
So, happily I started by saying “Ok, let’s start with cleansing. On makeup days, I cleanse 3 times and I use… ” and I started explaining how I would go at it with a micellar water and then onto a cleansing balm… and I noticed that their eyes had glazed over. I could have said “…and I finish off by applying nightingale poop all over and sealing with whale blubber” and no one would have batted an eyelid at this point.
But when they woke up from their reverie, they exclaimed at how long the process took and how troublesome it was and wasn’t there an easier, quicker way? Couldn’t they just use an all in one product, wash their face in one step, apply one cream and go off to bed? It was just too tiring and too much work applying potions and lotions and oils and creams…
And I got to wondering. Do you consider your skin care a routine or a chore?
Do you try to find quicker ways to cleanse your face each day, hoping to be able to settle with just 1 product and be done with it? For some, the cleansing oil serves the best purpose for this. It removes makeup and cleanses your face in one go. For others, a cleansing wipe does an even better job – they don’t even have to touch a drop of water!
Do you prefer using just 1 face cream day and night, to suit most if not all your needs? I find that many girls who have good skin tend to go down this route. Because they have little to no problems with their skin, they fancy that a quick wash and cream will do the job. Anything longer than a cleanse and moisturise is a chore. It takes too long! I’m too tired! I want to sleep! I’m too lazy!
I personally enjoy my skincare routines, both morning and evening. In the mornings, it is shorter but I do still put on more products than many people I know. The evening routine is much longer. As I have said, my makeup removal and cleansing process alone takes 3 steps and I savour each and every one of them.
I don’t rush, and I take my time. I could be exhausted or I could have just returned home after midnight, my Cinderella ballgown turned to rags, my coach turned into a pumpkin, but I never stint on my skincare time. I go through my whole routine from start to finish, cleansing, massaging, oiling, mixing, matching my potions and lotions and creams as I go.
I’ve never found it a chore, personally. Skincare has always been a personal interest for me and realising just how well my skin responds to certain techniques, routines and combinations of products gives me that impetus to stick to the routine day or night, early or late. My whole routine including taking my shower (as part of my face cleansing happens in the shower) could take up to half an hour with just 10-15 minutes alone spent with my lotions, potions, oils and creams like a mad scientist 😀 For me, that isn’t very long at all but to some, that’s eternity!
I find the few minutes I spend with my skin care calming and relaxing and it helps put me in the right frame of mind, whether to start the day or to end it. It is my time and I never ever find that a chore.
However, I would be very interested to know what you think – be honest now! There’s no harm admitting you find using skincare a chore because I know many people do! 😀
Do you find putting on skin care a comfortable routine or a chore? Do you wish there was a quicker, easier way to better skin?
Be honest! You don’t have to feel intimidated that people might laugh because if you do find using skin care a chore, I’d love to know why 😀