If you struggle with zits or blemishes and you're over the age of 20, now is the perfect time figure out how to solve the problem of adult acne once and for all. Here are a few tips to help you design the perfect skincare routine—and stick with it through all of 2015.
Twice every day 1) cleanse, 2) hydrate (including AM SPF protection), and 3) treat your acne. Keep your routine simple and for each step make sure you have a product you love. If you struggle to make any step happen, try buying higher quality products—even if it means spending a little. If you love a product, you'll consider it valuable and you'll be more likely to use it.
"It is life transforming," says Marie Kondo, the Japanese author of 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up' (Excerpt via NPR). While she advocates an organized home to transform your entire life, you can start with tidy bathroom to help you keep your skincare routine on track. Get rid of any bottles, jars, or products you haven't used in the last couple of weeks. If you can't bring yourself to toss an item, get a plastic bin and move unused products to a closet.
Sticking to your skincare routine should be one of your top resolutions. "More than half of people who make New Year’s resolutions will have given up within six months," according to a study cited in the New York Times. But it's still worthwhile, especially if you keep trying after you fail: "people who explicitly make a resolution are 10 times as likely to attain their goals as people who don’t make any resolution to change."
When you shower at the gym, travel, or crash at someone else's place, make a plan for continuing your skincare routine. Packing is a pain so try creating a on-the-go kit that's always ready. Get a nice toiletry bag, transfer your key products to portable GoToobs, or buy a second item of each.
If you're reading this, you're among millions of people who want the same thing: clear, healthy skin. But adult acne is persistent and positive thinking about what about a goal isn't likely to help according to research discussed in Forbes. Instead, try thinking about obstacles and setbacks that may get between you and your goal.