In polite society, a well-maintained skincare routine is one of life’s great successes – Violet Grey.
Throughout my life I have always wanted to have a good skincare, the type that all the beauty bloggers rave about as they showcase their beautiful collection of moisturisers, cleansers, toners, face masks, and all the little tools that come with it. I would love a shelf full of skincare goodies that I mix and match every evening before bed to get that dewy glow and my face feeling fresh. The fact of the matter is, I cannot be bothered to do all of the steps and to be honest, it’s a productive skincare routine if I so much as cleanse my face before bed.
Throughout my life, I’ve never been one for makeup. The only time I would really put makeup on would be for a night out when it was part of the excitement to get dolled up from head to toe, that and the beginnings of this blog when I really wanted it to be a successful beauty blog which kinda doesn’t work when you don’t adore everything about beauty. Due to my lack of makeup obsession, I never really needed an intense skincare routine to cleanse all of the daily molecules and grime that goes hand in hand with stunning makeup. I think that mentality has stuck all these years. No matter how much I give myself a routine or buy incredible products, eventually the excitement and novelty wear off and I’m back to square one: using a good cleanser and that is it.
I’m in my late twenties. In three years-time I’ll be hitting thirty with a bang. I really should be upping my skincare game. At least that’s what all the beauty brands are telling me to do with their adverts full of beautiful women with flawless skin. And the thing is, a lot of them aren’t even photoshopped anymore because the women of today know what real skin looks like. There is no use in pretending. My mum keeps telling me to moisturise my skin too; when your mother gives you beauty advice, you take it no matter how old you are. Plus, she has the best skin I’ve ever seen, so I want to look that good at her age.
I guess the real, honest reason that a good skincare routine isn’t a priority is the simplest of all: I don’t make it one. I can think of plenty of excuses: I’m too tired; I run out of time in the morning; I spend a lot of my time doing my passions which means next to no time for skincare; my skin looks good enough for me right now so why bother? I know that I should look after it more. I really do and I wish I had that energy within me to give it my all. I’m hoping that with my trusty (The) Body Shop products, I’ll fall back into a quick and easy routine in a true lazy girl’s style. If there was someone to do my skincare for me every day, it would be the best ten to twenty minutes of my day. That feeling of pure relaxation when somebody takes the time to massage your temples and moisturise your skin for you is incredible. However, I must make the effort and do it myself. It doesn’t feel half as good though.
How do you manage to keep up your skincare routine? Do you love to do it or is it a complete and utter chore?
Love, Faye xo