I am guilty of the “I’m just going to rest my eyes for a little while,” when my husband asks me, “Aren’t you going to wash your face, Honey?” Ah ha! Clearly a segue into waking up at 2:00 am with my make up still on and a nice big zit on the tip of my nose.
I’m not alone, I hear this all the time, maybe I’ve even heard it from you! How to get around this self-ruse? Clearly, when you’re smarter than yourself, you need to outsmart yourself. Huh? What I mean is when I’m trudging upstairs I can’t be having this inner dialogue going on: “I’ll just lay down for a wee little bit, then I’ll get up and wash my face.” No, no, no! I find I have to trick myself by adding, “Well, I’ll at least brush my teeth before I lay down.”
So I go into the bathroom, look in the mirror, see the day old make up fading away, and suddenly I am inspired to cleanse my face. That is such a lie! What I actually think is, “What the hell, here I am, I might as well wash my face. Argh!” B-u-t, all in all, when the brush/floss/waterpik/take shower/apply body cream/cleanse face/apply products is finished and my face hits the pillow, there is really nothing, NOTHING like the feeling of fading into blissful sleep, my face clean against pillow, self-satisfied I have done my good deed for my skin that day.
When clients tell me I’ve changed their skin, I reply, “You do the hard work. You do the day-in-day-out, twice daily stuff that changes the skin. I just give it a pep talk when you come in!” I know this daily stuff is hard work, I do it too!
My goal with clients and with my readers is to
teach them to be their own esthetician.
Be that inner voice that encourages good routines for your skin. I assure you, no one, and I mean no one, including me, knows your skin as well as you do. You may not know what to use or how to use it, but you can clearly define what it feels like. And truthfully, going to bed with your make up on feels totally grungy! Listen to your inner esthetician when you feel like slacking off. My mother used to say, “Every night that you don’t cleanse your face it ages seven.” I don’t know if that is scientifically true but it certainly looks true in the morning. (You know what I’m talking about!)
And no, I am not above using scare tactics!
(First published 06/28/13)