NOT EVERYONE WILL UNDERSTAND...
The other day my hairdresser asked me what my secret was. At first I was baffled by the question, but then I blurted out "Sunscreen". She laughed, then stared, "Really? Just sunscreen?" I thought about that for a minute. I mean sometimes when I start detailing my multi step day and night routines to people their eyes glaze over for a while and then you can see the moment they think you're a whack job. I mean who needs a minimum of seven steps in their skincare? WHO???
In all honesty I didn't launch into my entire skincare tirade with her - I mean I was giving her the gold class secret off the bat anyway (sunscreen is the most epic anti-aging tool ever!), but not because I didn't want her to know, but because she had already given me an odd look when I had mentioned my online beauty shopping habits ("You mean you buy the products but can't read the language on the bottles?" Cough. Side eye.) Even today at work my boss gave me the 'Oh Dear' look when I bought in some products for a co-worker (I was overstocked on sleeping packs) and then mentioned I had another order rocking up soon. And several people get concerned about me applying bird poop or snail slime to my skin.... "Are you sure that's safe?" But possibly the biggest hurdle for most people to comprehend is the extensiveness of your regime and that you feel the need to have just the right product for each and every concern. This leads me to...
PEOPLE WILL THINK YOU'RE WAY TOO VAIN...
I don't know how many people I have actually talked to about my skincare regime in the last eight months, but most of them think two things, and not necessarily exclusively:
- I am crazy.
- I am vain.
Both of these points are valid and possibly true, afterall I like looking like an idiot in mask selfies. However from the few people that actually listened past the initial multi-step run down a mere couple have been honest enough to point out, "Yo, when you first told me about your two hour regime (EXAGGERATION) I thought you were straight up vain, which is funny cos you're not like a model or anything". First, thanks friend for the confidence boost, joking you know I love you, and secondly I get it. I really do. Which is another reason I don't get into running it down for people (see above). Because unfortunately alot of people tend to think the worst about you when you rattle off a bunch of product names and look slightly self-satisfied .... hilariously only because you remembered them all, NOT because you think you look amazeballs.
LOOKING AMAZEBALLS IS TRIAL + ERROR x COMMITMENT = RESULTS :)
I'm not going to claim skin perfection, but I am on my way on the epic odyssey that is skincare. Most of the trip is made up of obstacles and side journeys experimenting with products, but eventually you start to find the perfect little group of skincare friends that take you where you want to go. There have been some hiccups, there have been some bad ideas when it comes to mixing certain products, but I am committed to this one little thing each day. Through perserverance we see results (now if I could apply that to my diet & fitness regime...) and it's worth it. Not to be a vain ass mother, but to know you're looking after the largest human organ as best as you can. Yes some products are gimmicks, and yeah you pour a whole lotta money into it. But most days I find the simple act of a skincare regime makes me feel better about myself, more confident, relaxed, and more aware of the skin I have to live my life in.
It may be hard for some people to seperate that from insanity/vanity, and so be it.