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Every article, tutorial, video, blurb, meme, and brochure that talks about skincare misses one critical but very true thing: nobody wants to do it. Everybody already has a million things to do. When I start my day, I honestly feel like I’ve been shot out of a cannon. This late due notice came in the mail, my mom is calling about some issue with my grandpa, the dog threw up a little, these emails need answering, that appointment needs confirming. There are so many things that demand my attention. I feel like, “I don’t have time to exfoliate and put vitamin C serum on my face right now!” It’s a hassle, a burden, a nuisance—a chore. Whatever your skincare routine is—whichever products you’ve found are best for you—you probably don’t exactly enjoy doing it. Or, look, maybe once you dive in, you find it kind of relaxing. But just getting started feels like such a task. And your skincare won’t yell at you for ignoring it the way a roommate, family member, or boss will. It’s really easy to ignore your skincare routine. Well, until you notice your eyes looking saggy and those fine lines becoming not-so-fine. So, what do we do about it? How do we address the never-ending issue of needing to care for our skin but always feeling it’s a hassle? There are some things you can do that will make you more likely to do your skincare regiment each night, without having to talk yourself into it.

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Keep your evening routine simple

Find a way to simplify and minimize your evening skincare routine. Nighttime is the hardest for skincare—you’re so tired and you just want to pass out. So take a look at your evening products, and see if there are some available that combine a few. I know for me, for example, finding a moisturizer that contained hyaluronic acid meant I could use one product instead of two. Finding an exfoliating face wash meant I didn’t have to wash my face, and then exfoliate.

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