When Doing Less Is More for Your Skin

A minimal skin care routine is something I try to maintain throughout the year. My theory is that we get one face (unless you buy a new one) and consequently it’s worth spending the necessary time it takes to look after it. Women in particular, although men are also being targeted, are drowned with skincare marketing left and right. The options are endless and the results sound promising with each and every product, which ultimately leaves us thinking we gotta have it. Do we question enough when it comes to what we’re putting on our face? Are we too trusting and starry-eyed by the before & after commercials? The skincare industry is worth billions in the US alone thanks to women who are willing to pay $90 for a good facial oil that promises to make you radiate like the sun on a hot August day. What are the long-term effects? Are we over stimulating our skin? When you start questioning everything, the questions are endless. 

Is less more?

My mom has always told me that “everything can’t touch your face.” Or “girl, you better stop putting/start putting [X] on your face.” When she was growing up, women’s skincare routines would consist of washing with water and Dove soap, slapping a little bit of moisturizer on and calling it a day. We’ve come a long way in a short space of time. Perhaps it’s time to slow down a little and reassess? Simplify even. I learned in my adolescent years that using too many products can cause an unnatural balance in my skin.

Something I find myself saying time and time again is when people have a problem, they think the answer is to add something when usually the answer is to take away something. I’m not saying absolutely zero products is the answer or that it should even be considered for people suffering with skin problems. I think it’s a case of trying different approaches and finding what works for you.

Daily foundation and concealer will typically clog your pores and lead to a break out. So cutting back is good for your skin, which in turn makes you feel like you need or want to wear less makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, sharp cat eye and flawless foundation application, but too much makeup usage doesn’t address or permanently fix your skin’s problem.

And I know this next part is going to sound like a broken record and so cliché but… you have to drink more water. I am trying to take my own advice here as well. If your skin is really oily or really dry, chances are you are not fully hydrated. Sipping water throughout the day will help your skin (plus everything else about your health). You can stop rolling your eyes unless you have some water next to you right now! 😉 Sometimes results can be overnight. I noticed that if I drink a ton of water one day, I’ll see a change in my skin the next. The catch is that you also have to maintain a clean diet. Ya know, less sweets, fried foods, processed sugars, all the works. It might be helpful to take some notes when you change your diet so that you can really figure out your level of moisture, your break outs, and your skin tone.

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    • Skeezix
    • Sep 16, 2020

    Less is definitely more when it comes to skin care. Most articles I read (Korean 10-step routine, etc.) are nothing but hype designed to sell product to the gullible. In most cases, skin will take care of itself if you (collective “you”) stop interfering. You don’t need a dozen expensive (or even cheap) products to do a job that nature does best. Of course, if you have acne, you should see a dermatologist. I don’t wear makeup at all, so it isn’t necessary for me to use much to clean my face. Often I just use a washcloth and warm water, followed by a light skiff of shea butter. I like shea butter because it’s noncomedogenic.

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