Hey guys! I had a really nice time visiting my family this week. Thank you for understanding my need to take a little blogging break and just unplug and unwind.
While I was out of town, I made a trip to Barnes and Noble (I could spend waaay too much money there if I wasn’t careful!). One book that I did treat myself to was Adina Grigore’s Skin Cleanse. I tore through it in just a couple of days, but I will definitely be rereading certain sections and revisiting it as a reference.
If you are interested in natural beauty and improving your skin through a healthy diet and natural skincare products, this is a super interesting and useful read. She gives very accessible and easy-to-understand information on how to improve your skin.
One area of her book that I found really intriguing is the idea of giving yourself a “skin cleanse.” This is sort of like an elimination diet, but for your skin, where you give your skin a break from your usual products and makeup, and then add them back in if you wish. She first has you take a couple of days where you write down every single product (or take a picture if you’re lazy) that you use that day – face wash, toner, moisturizer, serum, lipstick, foundation, bronzer, mascara, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, etc. You will quickly become aware of how many products (and how many ingredients) you are actually putting on your skin every day. This is probably going to be a reality check of the havoc you are putting your skin through every single day.
She discusses how your skin has the ability to regulate and cleanse itself, so if you just leave it alone, your skin will balance itself and you may experience improved skin by doing absolutely nothing. I found this idea really interesting because I recently have been switching among a few products and my skin is kind of freaking out. I feel like it just needs a break from everything to breathe and heal itself.
So, she recommends doing a skin cleanse. This is a break from using your daily products. There are a few different levels she suggests based on how intensely you want to cleanse and how long you want to commit to it. Level 1 is basically using your normal products but supplementing with natural homemade remedies. Level 2 is going without anything on your face – no makeup, face wash, moisturizer, etc. – for 24 hours (you just wash your face with water and then leave it alone). This can easily be done on a weekend where you won’t be seeing anyone anyways. Level 3 is pretty intense – it involves using absolutely no products on your face or body from 3 days to 2 weeks. No shampoo, conditioner, soap, or face products (she does say you can still use deodorant and toothpaste so you don’t scare your coworkers too much!).
I decided to create my own skin cleanse somewhere between levels two and three. I am going three days without products on my face – no foundation, cleanser, lotion, etc. However, I chose to continue using mascara (because I don’t want to look like a zombie at work) and chapstick, because I have chapstick with very minimal ingredients and I am addicted to moisturized lips. I also decided not to cut out my shampoo (I am also pretty addicted to clean hair), conditioner, or body wash at this time, but I might in the future if I decide to do a more intense cleanse. I am also still using my Tom’s natural deodorant.
My routine is usually pretty minimal since I am totally freaked out by the cosmetic industry and trying to find products without toxic junk in them can be really hard. However, I do always cleanse and moisturize my face morning and night, I exfoliate a couple times a week, I use masks occasionally, and I sometimes include eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lipgloss along with my mascara. I am interested to see what my skin does when left alone for several days.
I started my skin cleanse yesterday and so far so good! I will write another post summing up my experience with this technique and share some more insights. If you are at all interested in natural skincare or eating the right foods for your skin, I highly recommend Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. It’s a really quick and entertaining read, but you will come out with lots of insightful information on small ways you can improve your skin naturally. I also encourage you to try your own skin cleanse to give your skin a break from the constant flow of products and ingredients you are slathering on it. Your skin knows what to do if it is just left alone, and after giving it a break to rebalance itself, you can start adding back in your favorite products and seeing how they affect your skin, and maybe decide to eliminate some unnecessary products altogether. If you try it, let me know how it goes!