How Listening to Your Intuition Can Improve Your Skincare Routine

Introspection vs Intuition: Observing vs Knowing

Introspection and intuition both involve understanding yourself, but they are not the same.

Introspection is a form of self-reflection that involves examining your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to gain insight into how you think, feel, and act.

This process can help you identify and observe patterns that may be causing problems in your life. Intuition, on the other hand, is not a conscious process. It involves understanding and interpreting information without relying on thought or reason. Intuition often comes in the form of a “gut feeling” or an “inner knowing”—a feeling that something is true or right even if you cannot explain why. Listening to our intuition can help us make decisions based on our intuition and inner wisdom, rather than relying solely on facts or logic.

When it comes to cultivating skincare habits, introspection and intuition can both be useful. Introspection is great for understanding what causes changes in your skin, while intuition can give you valuable insight into the best way to care for your skin. By combining introspection and intuition, you can create skincare habits that work perfectly for your unique needs. If you ever feel lost when creating a skincare routine, don’t forget to listen to your intuition, your inner wisdom just may be trying to tell you something about your skincare routine.


How Can Intuition Help With Skincare?

Good skin care not only requires an understanding of what products work best but also an understanding of how your unique skin needs change over time. Intuition can help you identify what works for your skin and what doesn’t, whether it’s a certain product or specific ingredients. For example, if a particular ingredient makes your skin break out and you get the feeling it might happen again the next time you try that ingredient, your intuition may be telling you that it isn’t the right product for you.

Your intuition can also help you determine when to switch up your skincare routine based on changes in your lifestyle or environment. For example, if you move to a new city with a different climate, your inner-knowing might tell you that it just might be time to switch things up in your skincare routine. When listening to your skin and your inner knowing it’s essential that you are familiar with yourself and your varying skin needs. Listening to your intuition can also help you choose products based on how they make you feel, rather than relying solely on reviews or recommendations from influencers and ads. This is because what works for someone else may not work for you, so it’s important to trust your gut when choosing products.

Why Listening to Your Skin Is Better Than Listening To Gurus 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with seemingly endless advice from influencers and skincare gurus. However, it’s important to remember that no one knows your skin better than you.

Listening to others' opinions can be helpful, but it’s more important to listen to your own intuition and trust your skin. Take the time to get to know your skin and identify what products work best for your skin’s needs. This could include experimenting with different products, trying different ingredients or taking note of the environmental factors that could be impacting your skin. There is so much information and hacks that can be very helpful on social media, but there is also a myriad of skincare advice that needs to be questioned by viewers. This is why it’s so important to dedicate some research time to trending topics and advice that we come across on social media. By listening to your intuition and following your own path when it comes to skincare, you’ll be able to create a routine that works best for you and keeps your skin looking its best. Let’s go over some skincare topics that may need some reviewing. 

  • Waterproof sunscreen protects you from the sun on beach days. While waterproof sunscreen is designed to stay on in wet conditions, it can still rub off or wear away during physical activities such as swimming, sweating, or toweling off. Additionally, the FDA requires sunscreens to use the term water resistant over water proof. Water resistant sunscreens undergo SPF tests in order to use the terms water resistant in their branding. Water resistant sunscreen does offer some protection in wet conditions but it does not provide full protection and needs to be reapplied regularly for best results.
  • Sweating removes toxins. Sweating does not directly remove toxins from the body. That is because sweat contains mainly water and electrolytes, which are substances like sodium and potassium that help regulate the body’s fluids and balance its acidity while also playing a role in body temperature regulation. Sweat also contains urea, creatinine, uric acid and other waste products, but these are byproducts of routine metabolism rather than toxins that need to be removed. The liver and kidneys play a much more significant role when it comes to detoxing the body. The liver is responsible for filtering out foreign substances (such as chemicals ingested through food or drink) and metabolizing them so they can be eliminated in bile or urine. Meanwhile, the kidneys filter toxic substances from the bloodstream and eliminate them as waste in urine.
  • Antioxidants reverse wrinkles. Antioxidants can improve the appearance of skin and delay the formation of new wrinkles. Antioxidants cannot target existing wrinkles because their action is limited to targeting free radicals on the surface level of skin cells. They work by neutralizing these free radicals before they can cause further damage to the layers beneath the surface. Therefore, while antioxidants can actively protect against further skin damage from occurring, they cannot wind back time and return existing wrinkles to their previous state.

With the emergence of social media, misinformation concerning skin care products and practices is rampant, making it difficult to discern between fact and fiction. It is also important to recognize that these trends often overlook individualized needs or can even pose potential risks. Researching skincare trends before trying them out can help you become better informed on the efficacy, safety, and suitability of products for your own unique skin type.

At the end of the day, when it comes to skincare, listening to your inner wisdom is key. Taking time to get in tune with your skin and identify what works best for you will help you create a skincare routine that truly meets your diverse and unique needs.

Remember—your intuition knows best! So trust yourself and your skin, and you’ll create a skincare practice that will have you glowing from the inside out! If you're looking for more tips and advice on skincare, check out Les Archives for more helpful information.

Happy skincare journey! :)