The Importance of Routine for Problem Skin
As the seasons change here in New York I’ve been thinking (and talking) a little about routines. I’m a believer in not shaking things up too much when it comes to skin and hair care. I try not to change my products too often if I’m getting a decent result—or at least not getting a bad one.
As it stands, my routine has been pretty much the same—with the exception of a cleanser swap out and a few other non-essentials—since last November. Last November!
For day: I use a light hydrating gel on half of my face, and I use moisturizer-rich sunscreen on the other half (I will explain why I cut my face in half some other time, promise!). If I feel dry, I also use a brand new day lotion I quite like, which contains argan oil—my nighttime staple. I also take high-quality omegas upon waking.
For night: I cleanse with a new one I quite like, and slather the argan oil that I talk about all the freaking time, am trying a new eye cream because I’m out of the other one I loved), and a few nights a week I’ll do a mask. I have been hearing good things about the Kahina serum from my friend Erika, and want to try it some time too. But for now, I’m wedded to my routine. Again before bed, more omegas for a total of four capsules a day.
So that’s what I did yesterday. And the day before, and the day before.
Some people, particularly those blessed with less Irish skin, can play around a little more, but for me, after years and years and years of trying everything under the sun, not finishing products, replacing and experimenting at will, I have found that the single most important thing for my skin is routine. No sudden moves. No ugly surprises.
What about you? Do you stick to a routine?