I used to write a blog called The Skincare Siren. I still love skincare (and have transferred some of my old posts here), but in the end, I decided to discontinue that blog for two reasons.
The first reason is that our skin doesn't need a ton of products to maintain itself. I was very interested in the 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine a few years ago, and it did seem to work well. However, it's time consuming. I love to pamper, but it often takes away from moments with the people I love, so I've tried to narrow down my routine.
I now focus on doing a daily double cleanse, exfoliation 2-3 times a week, glycolic acid toner in the morning, eye cream every day, a night moisturizer, a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, and several masks a week. This probably still sounds like a lot! However, I no longer layer serum upon serum, and sometimes I do one cleanse only. There are also nights I don't put on any moisturizer, so that my skin does not rely on external sources all the time to stay hydrated. In addition, I don't wear much makeup on my days off. The trick is to listen to your body. Maybe there are days you want to use more products, but most likely, you can get by with less.
The second reason I stopped writing primarily about skincare is that I don't want to promote the idea that we need to buy new products all the time. Being a beauty junkie, I would, of course, like to try every new thing, but my wallet disagrees. While I will continue to experiment with new skincare items from time to time, I have some mainstays that continue to work for me. So for the sake of all our budgets, I will remind us of this familiar phrase: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Great skin seems to depend mostly on lifestyle, anyway. Getting enough sleep, exercising, drinking water, avoiding getting sunburnt, etc. These habits are free, and have nothing to do with the products we use.
Thanks for reading! Look forward to chatting with you through The Last Night of My Twenties.