Skin Care for the Busy

Monday, September 14

By Allison Kephart

I find myself losing track of time a lot. I'm too busy focusing on being perfect for others that I forget to take care of myself. 

One thing I know about myself is that I am a creature of habit. If I can get the ball rolling, I can stay committed to doing it every day. However, I am weak, so if something unplanned pops up, like getting called into work or having a big project to do around the house, everything falls into the background. Luckily, I have found a trick that has been helping me keep on the right path. When I leave the house before work or if I'm going to be busy for a while and not in my room, I will layout pajamas along with whatever skincare I planned on using on my bed. If you have your bathroom or can set stuff right up in there, go ahead and do that. I do this because it forces me to use it, and if I don't then I have to physically move the things out of the way. It reminds me to stay committed to the plans I made for myself. 

So, when I get home, I can take my outside clothes right off and get into something more comfortable! You can take a shower too if that's when you take one, either way, you're going to be headed to the same place. Grab your face wash, toner, moisturizer, and fancy oils and go to town. 

Believe me; I know how daunting of a task all of this may seem. Being busy every day and coming home to do MORE stuff isn't what anyone wants to do. But if you can force yourself to dedicate 20 minutes to pampering and loving yourself, you're going to feel much better when you go to sleep. Lotion up your body after you shower and braid your hair, or put a cap on, whatever makes your hair feel the most beautiful in the morning. 

If you're new to the make-up/skincare/beauty/pampering world of things and have no idea where to start, that's 100% okay! Start with elf products; they've got everything and anything you could think of getting. They're a terrific company that sells things for cheap, so no need to worry about wasting money on something you won't use. They have dozens of different products that practically do the same thing, but don't get overwhelmed; just pick one. Look for something that says for sensitive skin or for all skin types; that way, you'll be fine no matter what type of skin you have. 

If you have skin that feels dirty sometimes or sweaty- you probably have oily skin.

If you have skin that easily cracks or feels like it has no moisture- you probably have dry skin. 

If you have skin that can feel like both- you probably have mixed skin.

The list continues, but keep in mind that I'm not an expert so ask your doctor or, more conveniently, a worker at Ulta about what type of skin you have for something more tailored to your needs. 

The most important thing to remember that no one is perfect, and all things take time. You've got to keep working, researching, and practicing to get good. Practice makes permanent, not perfect, so make sure you're always making sure to correct your mistakes and learn from them. Making small changes in your daily routine will make you happier, healthier, and your quality of life overall more consistent. 

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