START DOING, STOP DON’TING! I was driving home from work one night this week and I saw this on a billboard. I am not sure what the billboard was for, since I was driving and couldn’t stop, but I loved what it stood for. How often do we put off things indefinitely? How often do we look back and say” I should have done that when I had the time, the chance, the money?”
I couldn’t help to think of how that saying applies to so many of my consults at the clinic on a daily basis. Start wearing sunscreen, start applying moisturizer, start using anti-aging products. People can justify so many excuses in their minds as to why they shouldn’t look after themselves properly. They settle on things that are “good enough” until they are covered in sun damage, flushed with rosacea, acne or skin cancers. Don’t fool yourself, the best treatment is ALWAYS going to be prevention.
People will come, sometimes in tears because their face is riddled with acne scars, inflamed acne or papulopustular rosacea. It is ruining their lives, their self-esteem, and let’s be honest, their social and professional lives. When an answer to their problem is provided, they might say” well I can’t peel for two days” or “I can’t stay inside for 48 hours, I have golf to play.” People, we are talking about fixing the problem that has been destroying your self-esteem for years! We are talking about giving you back your face, your social and professional esteem. We are talking about making you happy to be you again! And you come up with the silliest reasons not to act upon it!
START DOING something for you. Start taking control. Whether you have an existing problem or you know because of your neglect that your skin will suffer later on by premature aging or worse, skin cancers, act now. There are no excuses that can truly be justified. You have one life, you have one face, and time travel doesn’t exist, so you can’t go back. START DOING now.
STOP DON’TING. You are going to be traveling, your dog needs to visit the vet, and you really need those $500 shoes you saw in the storefront window. Ok fine, great excuses, but when it is all said and done, and you look in the mirror, will you be happy that you DIDN’T?
As a patient of mine, I get to understand you, your lifestyle and what you are capable of. I try to cater a treatment and home routine that best fits who you are. Can’t afford the downtime? There are things we can do to help. It may take a little longer to get the results, but it can be done. Don’t have the money? There are varied options for most skin conditions, and pricing varies accordingly. Perhaps less Starbucks, more skin care? Again, some options will work faster, perhaps better than others, but improvement is always the goal.
START DOING: book yourself in for a free consult, see what options you have. Get the ball rolling. Understand that there is always a light at the end of your tunnel.
STOP DON’TING: ignorance is not bliss, it is neglectful. Don’t look back when it is too late and regret that you didn’t act when you could have. Be informed, be educated and don’t allow silly excuses to stand in the way of your happiness. Even the smallest step is a step in the right direction, so take it now.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre