I finished my skin cleanse, and I have to say it went by really fast! Three days is really nothing in the scheme of things. If you missed my last post, go back and read it now so that you know what I am talking about!
Overall, I am glad that I did a skin cleanse because it made me much more aware of what I am doing to my skin every day. It makes you question the necessity of skincare products and the whole “cleanse, tone, moisturize” regimen you’ve been taught your entire life. Is all of that really necessary? Maybe.. but what about all of the extra things like masks and serums and day creams and night creams and eye creams and mists? We have to keep in mind that the skincare industry is trying to make money, and they are really good at making us feel like we need tons of fancy lotions and potions in order to have glowing skin.
Doing a skin cleanse is a great reality check for what you actually need to put on your skin. For example, I personally decided that after going three days with nothing on my skin, two products that I need for my personal skin are a good natural exfoliant, and a moisturizer. My skin was starting to feel a little dull and my pores a bit clogged, so I used my One Love Organics Brand New Day exfoliant (which I discussed here) after my cleanse was over. I was reconvinced that I really love that product and that it works well with my skin. I also decided that I wanted to add back in a moisturizer, especially because it is quickly becoming winter here in Oregon and the cold air is making my skin parched and flaky. For now, I added back into my routine the moisturizing cream from S.W. Basics (the founder of that company is the author of Skin Cleanse!) because that is the moisturizer I have on hand at the moment and it’s very clean ingredient-wise. I am still going to be experimenting with some different natural moisturizers to find what works best with my skin, so be on the lookout for more product reviews in the future!
All in all, I didn’t notice any miraculous changes in my skin over the course of my 3 day skin cleanse, but it really made me take a closer look at my skincare routine and analyze what is working and what isn’t. As I slowly add products back in, I will take note of whether they improve my skin or maybe are unnecessary and can be discarded from my routine. I think anyone that uses quite a few products on their skin will benefit from doing a skin cleanse because it really is a reality check for how many ingredients you are putting on your skin (that are then absorbed into your bloodstream) and is a good opportunity to think about simplifying your skincare routine. And once again, I highly recommend Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore!