Well here we are, 2016! I hope your holidays and new year brought you a dash of fun.
As promised last week, I want to share with you a recent change I’ve made to my skin care routine which has helped my skin in unexpected ways. But first, let me tell you the reason for the change.
Aside from minor changes that coincide with the change of seasons, I’ve consistently had the same skin care routine for years now (the routine explained here). It’s been great for my skin, which has been doing quite well for some time now. I do still get occasional small breakouts, usually a few pimples about a week before my period. But because I’ve done a lot of emotional work (the work I now help my clients go through), the few pimples I get don’t really bother me.
However something else has been going on with my skin in recent months. It has become incredibly dry. Like crackling-if-I-smile kind of dry. My skin care detective skills weren’t of much use. I was baffled about the dryness. So I thought it may be time to change up my skin care routine. I was overdue for a change anyway. Skin changes over the years, and you should change your skin care accordingly.
A summary of what didn’t work for me was trying a different cleanser, different oils, adding in a hydrating serum, and trying a new toner. None of them seemed to make any difference. What finally worked?
I stopped using cleanser entirely.
I have not officially cleansed my face for months now – and my skin has never been better. Not only has the dryness drastically improved, I got an unexpected bonus – no pre period breakouts in the past few months!
Not cleansing isn’t a huge leap for me. For years I have been telling my clients to stop washing their face twice a day. The common school of thought is you need to cleanse morning and night, but I’ve found that cleansing in the morning is completely unnecessary. Also, that kind of over cleansing often causes we acne prone folk more problems than it helps. So, I’ve only cleansed at night for years.
Now, I’m not cleansing at night either. At least, not with a true cleanser of any kind.
Here is the evening routine I follow now.
I still use jojoba oil to remove sunscreen and makeup, then follow that by using a gentle astringent, which removes any residual jojoba oil. I spray it on my skin to get it slightly damp, then gently wipe it off. (In the past I’ve tried the method that only uses oil, but found it always broke me out. Removing the oil completely is my hybrid method.) I follow up with my facial oil and I’m done.
About a week after trying this routine, I noticed the dryness really improving. What I wasn’t expecting was that I had no pre period breakouts. None. In fact, my next period snuck up on me, because I’m so used to at least one or two pimples being the first signs I’ll be starting in a week. Three cycles later, still no pre period breakouts!
I’m constantly reminded that the skin does a very good job of taking care of itself, if you let it. Often we think we’re helping, when really we’re just getting in the way. We try more products, when sometimes we need to use less. I’ll be staying with this new routine until my skin once again shows me it’s time for a change.
How about you? Are you interested in trying this approach? Maybe you’re scared to go without cleansing? My advice is to start slow. Try this “no cleanse” method just one day this week. Next week, try it twice. The following week, try doing this method every other day, and then finally do it every day. This not only allows your skin to adjust to the new routine, but helps you mentally transition as well.
If you try it, let me know how it goes!
Questions? Concerns? Leave a comment below and let me know. I’m happy to help you make the best decision for you!
Until next time!