This routine is about self-care, really: taking the time to pamper your body after a grueling workday. The US system seems to be all about on-the-go, which is fine, but it's more like an afterthought, at least for me*. At first, the whole idea of self-care just seemed frivolous, at best, and selfish, at worst, but eventually I realized it's an important part of survival. I can't do what I actually want to do if I'm constantly burning the candle at both ends, incapable of giving any further once I'm all burnt out. Yes, having a skincare regimen is a small thing when you put it in a global perspective, but it puts me in a mindset of, yes, I deserve to be treated well, even if it's just me doing it.
Once I'd gotten the hang of going through the steps - I had to refer to different websites pretty regularly - I actually started caring a bit more about me. I picked out vitamins for the first time in years and started going for jogs, eating a bit healthier, getting more sleep. I mean, the last few months, I haven't been too consistent on many things, but the skincare? Oh, that's for keeps.
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Yes, this is an intense system, I know, and it's definitely not for everyone. Well, the seemingly endless amount of products are designed to attack every skin issue possible, so technically it is for everyone, but I can understand if somebody was like, "Nope, too much to do." There are mornings where I kick myself for sticking with it because it means I have to get up earlier than I want, but most of the time, like when you force yourself to go work out, I end up smiling as I look at how great my skin looks. And honestly, I know it looks incredibly shallow to spend as much time and money on something as temporal as skin elasticity and what-have-you, but it's an important step for me to want to care about myself again. I've got a confidence in myself that I haven't had in years, and even though I'm not 100% at this point, I'm getting there. So every morning and every night before bed, I'm going to whip out my skin products and wash all the shit off, reminding myself that I am worth it.
* I've been genetically lucky with my skin. Both of my parents do not look like they're in their 60s, and I've been mistaken for a woman in my early to mid-twenties, even now at almost 34 years old. If I had started actually using regular skincare much earlier, I might actually look younger, which isn't necessarily a thing I want because youth and beauty, like Carrie Fisher said, are not accomplishments, merely "temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA." God, I miss her.
** I think I'm going to try their Royal Honey toner and emulsion for the winter, but feel free to browse the site for others that might be more attuned to you. Or hell, use Amazon.
*** I am a white person, and my skin color has given me great advantage, so any discussion on how skin color affects other people should not be discussed by me.