Welcome to the Truth & Troubleshooting Series! I'm writing this to help readers with the problems I've heard so many times before: I don't have time to develop a healthy skincare routine. It's too expensive. It's too complicated...
This series is here to help! It was ultimately inspired by my mother, who recently discovered she is severely allergic to sulfates and that her exposure to these omnipresent preservatives has been the cause of dozens of health problems she’s struggled with for decades. While relieved to finally understand the cause of her health problems, she has expressed feelings of overwhelm as she goes through the process of replacing her sulfate-ridden products.
For all of you who are right there with her, dealing with the overwhelming feelings of trying to figure out how to tweak your skincare routine (and products), get ready to have your issues resolved!
Life is busy and complicated. We have enough to deal with when it comes to work, relationships and health. It’s difficult enough to navigate the grocery store and find food choices and brands that reflect our health needs and ethical concerns. And now we have to figure out how to buy the right bath and body products?
Who has the time?
Let’s break this down into two parts.
First of all, and get used to hearing me say this because I’m going to say it a lot, your health (which includes glowing skin) requires an investment. Many of you have accepted this, on some level – you buy green smoothies, work out regularly, eat well, practice yoga. And others of you might still be in that stage where you are ravenously gathering and storing information, but not yet acting upon it.
Either way, there’s no getting around this:
Secondly, there’s no one set formula for buying skincare products or creating a skincare regimen. There’s no such thing as one size fits all. Here’s the deal:
Yes, you’re going to have to start reading labels and getting educated about the chemicals in traditional skincare products. You don’t have to learn everything there is to know and you don’t have to learn it all at once. Education is definitely a time commitment, but again, it’s a necessary investment in your skin’s health. (If you don’t know where to begin, check out my e-workbook.)
Yes, you will have to experiment with different products. This can be a frustrating process, much like dating a bunch of frogs until you find that proverbial prince. Except this is almost worse, because when you end up with a “frog” product, it affects the way your skin looks and feels. So I admit, this is not an easy pill to swallow. But the truth is, it may take some experimentation to find out what products work best for you. The good news is that the more educated you become, the easier it is to figure out what works with less experimentation.
Yes, you might have to spend a little more time on grooming than you do now. But don’t you deserve that? When you are loving washing your face, take a moment to let your body relax with the ritual. Doesn’t that sound a lot healthier than scrubbing your face with a chemical-laden beauty wipe while brushing your teeth?
In order to keep these challenges a little easier to digest, remember this:
1. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to become an experiment. As they say, this is about progress, not perfection.
2. Don’t overthink it. Keep things as simple as possible.
3. Don’t get caught up efforts to go 100% pure and natural. Every little step you take counts and gets you that much closer to where you want to be.
4. Chunk it. Take everything in baby steps.
5. Be patient and willing to step outside your comfort zone.
6. Remember that what you give attention to, expands. By paying more attention to your skin with gentle, loving grooming habits, you will be cultivating healthy, glowing skin.
How have you dealt with time challenges when it comes to exploring safer skincare options?