Remember in my previous post about acne where I talked about my holy grail products (Here)? Well, I m back again this time with a slightly different post. But first, let me tell you how I’ve been failing at taking my own advice. After finally realizing eternal beauty could be mine, I immediately dropped all form of skin care routine and started basking full time in my own reflection. And then it happened… I started skipping my nightly routine and going to bed with..GASP!…make-up on! (If you’re shocked by this revelation, just know I myself am so shocked I am shaking while writing this 😉). Such blatant hypocrisy should be punishable by law😋.
Unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened. It is a vicious circle and it goes like this: First, acne shows its ugly face. In return, I immediately hop on the acne-fighting bandwagon, 300-steps routine and all🙄. Acne clears up. I then start basking in my victory and immediately drops all form of routine. Acne quickly comes back with a vengeance which means I start all over again. This process has made me doubt my intelligence many times over🥴.
Which brings us to this all too-often forgotten piece of advice:
“As with may things in life, maintaining good skin is an ongoing battle (depressing…I know…😔). Just like you wouldn’t eat one meal and consider yourself fed for the rest of your life, you don’t just fight acne once and consider yourself acne-free for life.”
Since the fight is ongoing, we’re obviously gonna have to do a bit of “Expectation management“. I prefer to call it giving success a chance.
In my previous naive life, my definition of good skin was my niece’s skin which means someone with perfect skin as if it was a birthright. Someone who actually talks to the few pimples she rarely gets, if ever, and they actually listen!?!🤯(Read Acne begone: Biotherm two must-have products).
A lot of times we fail not because we’re incompetent but because we want to jump before we can walk.
Settle for good skin. Not glass skin, not dewy skin, not “shine bright like a diamond” skin. No! Just. Plain. good. skin.”
Following this revelation, I had to come up with my own definition of “perfect skin” based on what I feel I could achieve with a bit of effort. So I decided for myself that perfect skin for me was skin that looks healthy enough. This could mean getting by with light make-up on a bad day and no make-up on a good day. It’s okay to go make-up free with a few pimples here and there and dark spots as long as overall, my skin looks healthy. My skin does not have to be perfect to go make-up free (still working on this one).
Yes, I know, you and I probably know some people who can actually eat all the sugar and cheese they want and still wake up with a glow that would put the sun to shame. As if great skin was their birthright. Let us not waste time hating on these people (at least not full time🐍😉) and be comforted in the fact that sooner or later justice will be served 😂😎.
Know thyself: Drop the “300-steps skincare routine🙄”
If you know you’re lazy when it comes to skin care then please refrain from being excited at the next “300-step skincare routine” trend.🤦🏾♀️This used to be me and I am not even sure I am over it…🙈.
Now I don’t always follow my own advice nor do I always remember to practice those rules I set for myself when it comes to fighting acne but whenever I do remember them, it certainly help. Maybe they can help you too in your quest for “perfect skin” if you give them a try?
Bisoux and let’s talk soon!