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How to Start a Skincare Routine: 14 New Skincare Habit Hacks 

In this article you'll learn the steps to start a skincare habit and how to keep it going:

1. Know the benefits

2. Take baby steps

3. Flip the script

4. Convenience helps 

5. Set an alarm

6. Be micro-organized

7. Elevate from routine to rite

8. Keep track

9. The importance or role models

10. Persist

11. Reinforce the good

12. Start fresh

13. Link up 


Remember being told as a kid to brush your teeth? That was your young brain working to turn a beneficial behavior into an automated habit. Today, your conscious mind doesn't need to do any work when you brush your teeth (hopefully), so you can focus your brain on things that really matter — like your NFL playoff bracket. 

The good news is that we do have the power to turn positive behaviors into habits, whether you’ve endeavored to work out, get better sleep, eat better — or take care of your skin. 

We can do that by conscious effort. So, how do you start a skincare routine? Here are 14 tips to get you going: 


1. Know the benefits

Familiarize yourself with the benefits of making a change. Read books that show the benefits of regular exercise or explain why your energy levels change after you take on a new diet. Can you picture getting better grades after improving your study habits?

For skincare, read about how active ingredients like niacinamide, retinol, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid can make a difference, no matter how sensitive or what type.

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2. Take baby steps 

Changing up our habits can have a profoundly joyous impact on our lives. Of course, creating big habits (like starting a new career or changing cities) can often seem too daunting to contribute much to our sense of well being. So for most of us, baby steps are just what the doctor ordered: They’re easy enough to start right away and have a high probability of success. 

That’s why we’ve made Geologie skincare so easy – just a minute in the morning and a minute at night is a habit that will yield immediate and visible benefits.


3. Flip the script

Often, the biggest barriers to change are the beliefs we tell ourselves — over and over and over. Behaviorists have learned that when people want to address their dietary habits, for example, changing their self-talk from “I can’t” to “I can” makes them feel less deprived. 


Try this: When you start to think negative thoughts, use the word “but” to interrupt it. “I’m no good at this, but, if I work at it I might get better later.”


In other words, don’t focus on how dry your skin looks, or how oily. "My skin looks so friggin dry, BUT, I can do something about it and try the diagnostic." 


4. Convenience helps

Better sleep and eating better are things everyone wants more of and only a few actually achieve. One way around this is to devise a strategy that makes it more convenient. For sleep, for example, It’s too easy to procrastinate if we create a long list of tasks around it instead of just saying, “oh, I can go to bed now.” 

Geologie makes skincare easier because our regimen just asks you for a few simple steps -- face wash, under-eye cream, night cream -- that take about a minute or so. 


"It's also so damn convenient to have two bottles of face wash come in the pack," wrote Dan. "One for the counter, and one for the shower offered waaay more convenience than I expected."


5. Set an alarm

The best way to make sure you stick to your changes is to guard them against self-sabotage. To use the sleep example, if you tend to get lost in channel surfing when it’s almost time for bed, set an alarm for yourself. You can even give yourself a “snooze zone,” so that you hit your target time. It’s a great way to get yourself closer to your goal of making lasting change. 

The same truth applies to skincare. Try this: Set an alarm for yourself to do skincare and program it to continue to ring or vibrate for 10 minutes. 


6. Be micro-organized

At the heart of nearly every successful new habit, of course, is organization. Having a place for everything and everything in its place makes it so much easier to follow through on your new habits — it it ensures that we spend a lot more time on the task at hand and a lot less time prepping for it. 

That’s why Geologie packages its products in easy-to-use, easy to store bottles perfect for the medicine cabinet, as well as extra face wash for the shower. 


"Amazing products — color coded," wrote Dan. "And good size for 90 days leaves you not worrying about running out." 

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7. Elevate from routine to rite

To go back to the example of drinking eight glasses a day, remembering to chug all that agua can be a bit of a struggle. But experts say that if you elevate the significance of those 64 ounces by making your water intake a ritual, you’ll be more likely to reach that goal. Perhaps it’s as simple as squeezing half a lemon into your morning H2O, or using a special pitcher and glass. Whatever it is, once you solidify the ritual the routine falls into place. 

The same principle applies with skincare. Try this: write it down. A piece of paper with a resolution on it isn’t that important, but writing that resolution is.  Make your ideas more clear and it'll focus you on your end result.


8. Keeping track

The market for fitness trackers will top 60 billion in 2022, even though there isn't much evidence that trackers actually get us in better shape. 

The reason harks back to human psychology: To measure your progress in steps taken, while gauging your pace, heart rate, and a myriad of other factors play an important tactile role in establishing a fitness habit, even if it is only motivational. 

With skincare, we suggest taking photographs as you go along, for the ever-gratifying before and after effects. 


9. Associate with role models

Spend more time with people who model the habits you want to mirror. A recent study found that having an obese friend indicated you were more likely to become fat. You become what you spend time around.


Start a Healthy Skin Club and meet on zoom. Or reach out to our customer service team — they'll cheer you on! 


Some guys even record their wives or husbands complimenting them on their skin — and then replay it for motivation. 


"Voila — three weeks into my skincare routine and my wife was pointing out my nice skin," wrote Sascha D. "That's all I really needed." 


10. Persist

Of course, diligence will always be a necessary ingredient to forming a new habit. In 2009, a study from University College London said that habit forming can take anywhere from 18 to 234 days. Most research suggests that the average new habit takes about 66 days to form.


Keeping track of the passage of time can make goals feel more attainable, Or, as Steven Covey put it in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end in mind.” 

It takes far less time – about two weeks – for any new habit to feel like an everyday fact of life. Persist through those first few days or weeks and the progress will make habit acquisition that much smoother. 


Writes Malik: "I have been using Geologie for half a year and it has done me wonders — as long as I do the cycle." 


11. Reinforce the good

Positive reinforcement means rewarding oneself with some sort of benefit when you do the thing you want; negative reinforcement means to withhold something you like when you don’t carry through with your new behavior. 

For instance, allow yourself an extra episode of a favorite streaming series when you remember to take care of your skin. Conversely, you would deny yourself that treat if you skipped your routine that morning (or force yourself to listen to death-metal-polka music). 


12. Start fresh

The easiest time to begin a new routine is when we have some sort of break in our lives. For example, if your company assigns you to a new city for a couple of months, it’s the perfect time to get a morning gym routine going. Birthdays can also have a salutary effect on habit-forming.  

That’s why the New Year, with its promise of a new calendar, is everyone’s prime time to introduce habits. Economists even have a name for this phenomenon: the January Effect. It’s why the stock market always performs better at this time of year, as people tend to have a more optimistic take on the year ahead. 


13. Link-up

Finally, another way that we can form new habits is to link them with habits that we already have. For example, if the habit you want to develop is better flossing, it only makes sense to add that to your already existing (hopefully) tooth brushing habit. If you’re already at the gym for cardio, well, you may as well hit the weights (or vice versa). 

Here's a good hack: Just think how you’d look today if your parents had compelled you to moisturize as a child. 

14. Be the gardener

In the end, habits are like seeds in the ground, if you take care of them and water them consistently, they will blossom into routines. 


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