How to Handle the Long Wait for Results

On every beginner’s mind is one question – are we there yet?

Obviously, I want every single person on this earth to care about their skin. So seeing beginners take the first steps to a routine is exhilarating – I am so dang excited for them! But I can’t help but worry about the first few days and weeks.

When you’re excited to start your skin care journey, you’ve bought all the products, you’ve followed the tutorials, and you’re tucked up in bed, it’s hard not to let your mind get away from you and dream of the glowing, smooth skin that awaits you. But then your hopes are dashed when, come morning, your skin looks… the same. Or maybe even worse (in cases like purging). What gives?

It’s a common pitfall of beginners to anything – a language, an instrument, and even a hobby like skin care. You see others’ end results of years of dedication and know that’s where you want to be, but initially misjudge the journey.

The truth about the commitment to skin care

It will take weeks, months and even years to see the real benefits. Skin needs time to resolve, heal, regenerate, and resurface. Your lifestyle and habits have to change; your techniques will improve.

You didn’t get to where you are in a day, and you won’t undo it in a day either. Skin care is 10% money, ingredients and passion, and 90% dedication, commitment, and perseverance.

A lot of the time, especially in the first few weeks of a new routine or when you’ve added a lot of products at once, are spent simply as part of a careful observation game, watching for signs of improvement, purging or, alternatively, a breakout.

A person doing a basic bare-bones cleanse-moisturise-sunscreen routine every day for 50 years will always win out over the person who flip flops between an uber-expensive routine and giving up and not washing their face for a week.

How to get through the wait

But the wait frankly sucks. You don’t know whether what you’re doing is working, you’ll make mistakes, and you’ll be frustrated. I have some suggestions on how wait longer, better.

Take good progress photos – once you start seeing progress, it becomes exhilarating. it’s like a competition with yourself. Can your skin look better than it did a month ago?

Use up all your products. In the absence of an adverse reaction, stop buying new products to replace old ones all the time. Not only is this good for your wallet, it’s good for your mental state. The latest fad product isn’t going to get you dream skin. Often, it’s actually all in the technique.

Instant gratification tips

That being said, there are some things that will make you look and feel better immediately while the wonderful properties of your new skin care routine are working away in the background.

Most of all, have hope. Everyone’s on their own journey to improvement and has their own things to focus on other than your skin.

Essie

2 Comments

  1. I love this post and completely relate- I’ve just gotten back into going to the gym and eating better and I’m so annoyed when I don’t see immediate results which is crazy! I’ve been at my skincare routine for years and years so definitely agree that it takes time!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • It’s such a long game! But when we’re 80 and in our rocking chairs looking baby faced we’ll be glad for all the effort we spend now :’)

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