Be Consistent…Or Don’t

I’m not a very patient person.  I have joked that if patience is a virtue, then I must not be very virtuous.  The word “instant” on a beauty product draws me like a moth to a flame.  And “fast-dry” nail polish?  Well, I don’t mean to brag, but they invented that for me.  When it comes to your beauty routine, there are some times when you just have to stick with it, and other times when you have to know to bail out…

Stick with It:  If you have problematic (dry or oily) skin, you have to be consistent with the application of whatever you’re using to see results.  It may SEEM like your skin got blemished and/or dried out over night, but it really didn’t.  You can’t expect the results to be an overnight success, either.  When it comes to acne treatments, you may be trying to radically change your skin.  That can take about a month.  (Sorry!)  Products like Clarisonic skin cleansing systems can initially bring deep-down gunk to the surface, making your skin worse (temporarily, but perhaps as long as two weeks).  So, whether you have a dermatologist-prescribed course of action or you’re trying a new acne-treatment skin care regimen, stick with it long enough to see results.

Bail Out:  Any product that gives you an allergic reaction has to be ditched immediately, even if you love it.  Products you’ve had lying around too long can turn on you and cause break-outs.  Throw them out.  Any hair care product that makes your hair look/feel greasy or waxy is probably going to keep doing that, perhaps to a greater degree as you keep using it.  Get rid of it.

In Summary:  You may look at your beauty products as an investment. (I do!)  So, if you’ve spent a bunch of money on a visit to a dermatologist or a skin care kit, you’d might as well get your money’s worth and stick with it.  However, spending your money on something shouldn’t be enough reason to keep using a product that doesn’t work for you, so sometimes you just have to bail out.  If you just can’t stand the thought of throwing it away, try to find a way to make it work.  Bad conditioner can be used in place of shave gel.  Compensate for over-drying cleansers with a good moisturizer.  Use common sense (and patience, when it works in your best interest) to figure out what’s best for you.

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