Updated: Apr 17
🌈😷DOs and DON'Ts of Pandemic Skincare!😷🌈
So, you're stuck in the house due to a global pandemic. You're done with Netflix, Zoom parties and you're out of wine. Time to get serious about Skincare, like you've always meant to, right?
Yes, right! This is the time to do it!
So why am I worried, that before the baby boom that's coming in 9 months, there's going to be another boom... Let's call it the Barrier Boom. Moisture barriers all over the world cracking from the pressure of trying too many new products. So I've put together some hints for the newbies out there!
🌈🌈🌈 DO... ✏️✏️✏️ TAKE A GOOD LONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR - assess your skin honestly. What's good and what needs some attention. You can't fix too many issues at once, so identify your number one priority and look at that first.
✏️✏️✏️ GET YOUR ENVIRONMENT SET UP - make sure you have the tools you need to do a great job every day. Enough face cloths, a clean sink, and a commitment to doing a consistent routine every day.
✏️✏️✏️ EVALUATE YOUR CURRENT ROUTINE - what products do you love? What's working for you? What isn't? You're unlikely to have a great 10 step routine without a fantastic cleanser (or two), everyday moisturiser and SPF. What are your desert island products? What products just aren't cutting it? What's missing? What's stopped you in the past? Are there any barriers or mental blocks in your way?
😷😷😷 DON'T... ❌❌❌ DIVE IN WITH A FULLY FORMED ROUTINE. It's tempting to order one of everything and to see what sticks. But it's unrealistic to think that a great routine can be chosen from a list of products. Yes, Deciem provides sample routines, but keep in mind that these products can be combined in hundreds of thousands of ways. Your perfect routine is out there, but it will be unique to you, not prescribed by a set of comments.
❌❌❌ USE ANYTHING ON YOUR FACE THAT YOU DON'T FULLY UNDERSTAND. Please be aware that TO products tend to have higher concentrations of actives than most other brands. Even if you've used products with similar ingredients before it's very important to evaluate each new product on its own merits. Each product has its own properties, uses and techniques, some can be adjusted, some can't.
❌❌❌ PUT PRESSURE ON YOURSELF TO GET IT PERFECT. It will take time to build your ideal routine. There might be missteps and mistakes. It's better to know what's going on so you can fix mistakes as quickly as possible. A great routine will always adapt to your skin's needs and right now you have extra time to pay attention... How's your barrier? Are your products sinking in? Are you using anything that's making your skin worse instead of better?
🌍🌎🌏 SOME BASICS GET YOU STARTED NOW THAT YOUR GIANT ORDER ARRIVED: 🌏 IDENTIFY your biggest issue and choose ONE product to try first, based on that. Or maybe you just want healthy skin! 🌏 PATCH TEST. There is great info about this on the Deciem site, and posts in this group on how to do this. Expect to take a MINIMUM OF ONE WEEK per product, longer for actives. 🌏 WAIT FOR RESULTS from each introduction before moving onto the next one. There is no timeline for this - your skin will decide. 🌎 Get used to EXPERIMENTATION. It's hard to find the *right* way to use a product without playing around to see what works best for your skin. 🌎 RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH. And I don't mean add more posts asking about your routine. I mean read other posts, the group units, the group files, the Deciem website, reviews, etc.
🌈🌍🌈🌎🌈 SKINCARE INSPIRATION 🌈🌍🌈🌎🌈 Rather than trying to build a 10 step routine overnight here are some gentle ideas to try out...
🌈🌎🌈 SORT YOUR CLEANSING RITUAL. Are you sure your cleansers are amazing? Are you using them in the best way? Could you be getting more benefit from your cleansers? Experiment and find out. Vary the amount you use or the order you use them in. Try them on a dry or wet face, dripping or damp. Experiment with the weight of your touch, the type of cloth you use. Use the same cleanser twice to see if your skin really loves it.
🌈🌎🌈 GET YOUR HYDRATION ON POINT. Play around to find the exact perfect balance of water and humectant. Test throughout the day (by issuing the poke test) to see if your hydration is staying put. See how many skins you can do and when your skin has had enough.
🌈🌎🌈 GET GREASY, IN A GOOD WAY. If your hydration is awesome then you don't want to lose all that goodness. Moisturizer might not be enough. Moisturiser with a drop of oil might not be enough. Experiment with light layers of your favourite occlusives. Alternate hydration in between your layers to help your products get into the skin. Think of it as your own custom sleep pack. You're not going out so layer it up!
🌈🌎🌈TREAT YOURSELF Instead of splashing out on too many new actives that you can't trial all at once anyway... Use your TIME to your advantage. 🌍 Massage your cleanser for a full minute (on your second cleanse, so you're not pushing any dirt or grime into the skin). 🌍 Investigate facial massage, Gua shua or your iced roller. 🌍 Don't just lay your hydrating mask on your face, tap it (or roll it)! The paper should be dry when you're done. 🌍 If you want to order something luxe, consider an oil or something nourishing, not another acid.
Enjoy your newly discovered hobby! Skincare, when done properly, leads to that joyful moment when a person gasps upon finding out your age, or simply must know all your secrets! If that's your goal, take your time, it's worth it.
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