I want to try natural products but I don't "do" patchouli

So many women want to improve the state of their skin so badly and they know what they have to do. They’ve had a staring contest with their beauty products for months. Maybe years. You know the drill: You open the medicine cabinet. Your mind races with possibility. Then overwhelm. Then you close the cabinet and walk away. Another day.

You know a lot of those products aren’t good for you. You know some are too harsh, some are causing your skin to feel irritated, some contain chemicals that you don’t want to use anymore. Yet what’s the alternative? Buy all natural, organic products? Make your own products?

For god’s sake! You’re not a hippie!

Over time, our skincare products become an extension of ourselves. We are happy enough with the results, we don’t want to rock the boat, and we certainly don’t want to have to overhaul the entire system. Believe me, I know what it’s like.

But this is your skin. It deserves your best effort. It deserves your heart and soul. It deserves everything you’ve got to give it. This is, after all, what you present to the world. {Tweet it!}

The reality is, we live in a world that is swimming in products. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Yes, it is overwhelming for the consumer, but it’s also empowering. It means you have access to whatever you need and want in whatever form you need and want it in.

Hallelujah! This means you’re not stuck with the patchouli-scented products available at your local health food store (which, just for the record, I love...minus the patchouli). This means you don’t have to learn how to make your own products (although making your own products can be very rewarding and creatively satisfying). You have options. A lot.

So what can you do?

1. Take stock of your skin and your situation. What’s going on with your skin? What’s going on with your products? What do you want? What are your skincare goals and needs? You’ve got to know exactly where you are in order to move forward.

2. Get educated. Yeah, not everyone likes this step, but it’s necessary. Read books, blogs, articles. Find out everything you can about skincare methods and products. Be sure to get “second opinions” on anything you read that comes from a company selling a skincare line. Have fun with this step. Make yourself a Pinterest board and start collecting your data in a visually fun way.

3. Get out of your comfort zone and be willing to take risks. We get stuck in our ways with our skincare products and routines. We may not even be 100% with the results we get, but we stick with it because it’s better than things getting worse. But aren’t you interested to find out whether or not your skin can reach the next level? Don’t you want to see what it’s capable of? If so, you’re going to have to take some risks and try some products you never thought you’d try before.

4. Reassess as you go. Remember, complacency is not where you want to be. If you find something is not working after a month or two, tweak your routine. If it’s still not working after another month or two, it’s time for something different!

Have you found products and methods that work for you? How did you do it? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

(This post is part of the Truth & Troubleshooting series.)