Did you know, that the number one reason new year's resolutions fail is setting goals we can’t realistically commit to, and as a result, we don’t persist in these actions long enough for them to become habits?
According to psychology researchers, it takes on average 2 months before a new action becomes a habit (source).
What can you do to increase your chances of sticking with your goal and making it into a healthy habit?
Let’s use the example of incorporating a daily facial massage into your skincare routine to help smooth fine lines and help boost collagen production. Ideally, you're aiming for 15 minutes a day.
Instead of focusing on the desired time commitment (15 minutes per day), which can become difficult to maintain after a week or two, focus on committing to an easily achievable time goal for each day.
Could you commit to 5 seconds of facial massage each day?
“But 5 seconds isn’t enough time to get the results I want,” You say.
The point is to make an easily achievable commitment that will allow you to keep up the action until it becomes a habit. If we focus on forming the habit first, the likelihood that you’ll be giving yourself a facial massage for longer than 5 seconds once it’s a habit is high.
The trick to achieving any goal is getting into a habit.
3 keys to make healthy skin a habit1. Make it easy
- Keep your skincare products within easy reach and in plain sight, for example, on your nightstand.
- Set your favorite products to auto-replenish every few weeks so you don’t ever have to remember to reorder.
- For long lasting results, focus on developing a simple skin care routine that you can stick with over time.
- Add it to an existing routine you already have. For example, if you style your hair every morning, apply your skincare right before you pick up your hairbrush.