I think it’s safe to say that I am a creature of habit. I’ve always been good at building a routine for myself and sticking to it. I’m the kind of person who likes timetables and deadlines. I’m the person who checks their watch eighty-five times just to make sure I get where I’m going precisely five minutes early. But when Work From Home and the Quarantine started, I definitely found myself scrambling.
See, the hard thing for people with strict routines, like myself, is having that routine completely upended and then having to build a new routine all together. Making this even more difficult was the fact that I had this preconceived notion that because I was already so routine focused that all of this would be very easy for me. And wow was I wrong. So, after a very challenging first week of quarantine, I took it upon myself to get back to basics and rebuild my routine.
Believe it or not, I first turned to my skincare routine. This was, I realized, a part of my life which I realized could stay exactly the same in my new normal. After all, no part of taking care of my skin in the morning and evening involved leaving the house or being face to face with other people. Not to mention that skincare and self care in general are already heavily routine oriented. The steps you take, and the order you take them in are important to the overall result, and that’s true whether you’re building a road map for healthier skin, a healthier lifestyle or even a manageable work day. So today I want to show you how a healthy skin routine roadmap helped me build a healthy daily routine for my new life working from home.
Healthy Skin Routine Basics
A healthy skin routine consists of three essential steps. Now sure, you could certainly add things to this. I myself sometimes use eight or more products on my face. But we’re starting simple with a daily routine, so let’s keep it simple on that face of yours as well.
Step 1: Cleanse
On the Face: Cleansing the face both morning and night is so important. You need to get all the sweat and sleep off yourself in the morning, and you need to clean off the pollution and grossness of the world at night. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it; the world is icky and we have to wash that off!
In My Daily Routine: Cleansing is just as important to getting our day started right. My first week of WFH, I would often wait until midway through the day to take a shower and get dressed. Wow, was that a bad plan. I found myself groggy and grumpy all morning until I hit the shower. There’s something therapeutic for me about thousand degree water scalding me into existence. By washing up and then dressing for the day first thing in the morning, I found myself more coherent and better prepared to face the challenges of the day.
Step 2: Treat
On the Face: In our skincare routine, Treating is two parts. First we apply a serum to really target our primary concerns. for me, that might be hydration. For you it might be fine lines or firmness. Either way, we need to treat the skin to see a difference.
The second part is a nourishing oil to balance the skin. Oils are sort of like daily vitamins for your face, adding good healthy stuff to keep everything in place and lock out the bad aggressors in the air. They help to nourish and balance your skin.
In My Daily Routine: Much like my skin, I wanted to Target my goals and Balance my day.
Targeting my goals took the form of work. Planning my goals for the day with a To-Do list and a daily check-in with my calendar to plan out my day right from the start was essential. I needed to know what I was doing and what needed to be done by 5:30 when I would wrap up. This gave me a clear vision for the day.
Balancing, though, meant finding time in the day to step away and give myself a moment of relaxation, a moment to breathe. That meant making my delicious cup of coffee in the morning, or taking a moment away from the computer and the phone to water my plants or get some fresh air with an outdoor walk.
Step 3: Hydrate
On the Face: Hydrating is how we add moisture and really keep all the good stuff we just added to our skin locked in for the entire day. Hydration leads to all sorts of great things. Smoother, brighter, healthier skin is something we can all strive for, from the youngest to the most mature.
It’s also important to hydrate and nourish both the eyes and the face, because most facial creams aren’t tested for the eyes and also don’t treat predominantly eye focused concerns like under eye darkness.
In My Daily Routine: I wanted to nourish both my mind and my body the way hydration nourishes our skin. For my body, this meant that I wanted to make sure to eat three meals a day at approximately the same time each day, and to stay physically hydrated all day long. You would not believe how easy it is to forget to drink water when you get busy working on a project!
I also wanted to make sure I was taking care of my body. Since my gym closed due to Covid-19 concerns, I was getting out of shape and fast. I decided to order a small upright bike for my apartment to make sure I was getting at least 30 minutes to an hour of physical activity each day.
From a work perspective, I needed to make sure I kept my mind stimulated and engaged. This meant giving myself goals and projects and deadlines to keep myself moving and motivated. It’s SO easy to become complacent and get lost in the weeds when you don’t have constant goals or challenges. Challenging ourselves takes a lot of motivation but I PROMISE you that it helps make the days stuck inside go by faster and, at least for me, gives me a great reason to wake up and get moving each and every day.
The Power of Routine
Having a routine and sticking to it is HARD, but after a week or two it becomes second nature. That’s what’s so great about a routine. It’s hard to start but easy to maintain once you click into it. If you’re looking for way to stay engaged, healthy and motivated in these challenging times, I can’t recommend working on your routine enough. It really helped to ground me and give me new purpose in these uncertain and challenging times.
My Healthy Skin Routine in Practice
Lastly, I thought I’d share my Healthy Skin Routine with you, just to show how a skin routine can be customized to you!
Cleanse: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Cleanser to cleanse and soothe my combination, acne prone skin.
Is there anything essential to your daily routine or skincare routine? Let me know in the comments! Continue to be well and take care of yourselves!