Far from a passing fad, our obsession with skincare is well and truly here to stay.
Most of us have expanded our skincare routines to include more than just water and moisturizer, and the stats back this up. According to Statista, the global skincare industry was worth almost 100 billion dollars in 2012, and is predicted to virtually double by 2025.
Everyone is becoming better educated about keeping their skin healthy, and there is a select group that has taken this to the next level. We’re talking about the skincare obsessed: Those who dedicate a whole lot of their time, money, and energy to the subject. If you relate to many of these signs, you’re probably one of them.
You Have a Multi-Step Routine
All the products you use barely fit into your bathroom cabinet. Long gone are the days when you would splash some water on your face and be done – instead, your skincare routine has multiple steps, takes a fair amount of time, and is the most treasured part of your day. You really can’t relate when someone talks about being too tired to wash their face before going to bed.
You shudder at some of the mistakes of your past.
In a bid to calm teenage acne-prone skin, you would put almost anything on your face – whether it was baking soda, lemon juice, or harsh walnut scrubs. Now that you’re older and wiser, you realize this was harming your skin way more than helping it. That doesn’t mean you still don’t trip up occasionally – everyone over-exfoliates once in a while.
You Ask Everyone About Their Routines
Whether it’s your friends, grandma, the postman – you want to know. Mainly, just to find out whether they’re applying SPF every day – because if they don’t, oh boy, do you have a lecture in store for them.
You’ve even come up with simple routines personalized for your closest family and friends. One day, you’re hoping to get them up to the level of using retinol.
You Act Like a Scientist
You might have dropped Chemistry as quickly as you could at school, but now you basically act like a scientist. You’re well versed in the difference between hyaluronic and lactic acids, and know why you shouldn’t mix vitamin C with AHAs and BHAs. It’s just a shame you don’t have a degree in this stuff.
You Get Upset If You Can’t Do a Full Regime
For many people, skincare is about taking care of yourself and feeling like you’re in control. Putting on serum and doing that face mask is an act of self-care, and if it’s taken away from you, you’re likely to feel pretty unsteady.
You spend a lot of time in the skincare corners of the internet.
Whether it’s the Reddit thread SkincareAddiction or YouTube unboxing videos looking at new products, you’ve spent many an hour down internet rabbit holes, learning about the best products and ingredients to use – as well as the ones to stay away from.
You Spend All Your Money on Skincare
While you couldn’t understand dropping a whole lot of cash on make-up or shoes, you justify expensive skincare products as part of your overall health. Sure, you might not need that many different products, but you’ve lost all concept of what’s normal anymore.
You Know Skin Can Be Fickle
Sometimes your skin just won’t behave, no matter how much water you’ve had to drink, hours of sleep you’ve had, or face masks you’ve done. As any skincare nerd knows, genetics play a big part in what your complexion looks like. It’s important not to beat yourself up if your skin isn’t as clear and glowy as you might have wanted – just enjoy the ritual of your routine.