A couple weeks ago, I gave up skincare. Mostly. For 7 days, I didn’t do anything but wash my face because not doing that would be gross. This was just a little experiment I wanted to do for myself to see how things changed, if at all. I am a skincare addict; My husband is always telling me I am slathering too many products on my face and it got me thinking, maybe he’s right. So, for a week, I put down the bottles, and here’s what I learned.
My skincare changes weren’t really that significant after ditching all those products.
Here’s how my skin felt almost each day of my little experiment.
In the morning, but skin was a bit tight after washing it, but it wasn’t flakey or overly dry. It actually felt pretty smooth. That night after washing, it was pretty much the same.
On the third day it felt a bit drier, and I felt like my foundation was wearing really poorly.
And all the days that followed were pretty much the same. It was dryish but not significantly different than when I was using a 3 or 40-step skincare routine. I also noticed that I was still getting the same amount and kinds of breakouts. The pores on my nose were still clogged which I though might clear up from piling less ingredients on them. I still got the occasional pimple and my chin still had that small little patch of blackheads that I am convinced will never go away.
I like being lazy with skincare.
It really doesn’t take that much time and it isn’t that much work, but I enjoyed not having to do all these little extra steps for my skin. It was just nice to take a bath and go chill on the couch without having to worry about layering products. Skincare is super important, but it was nice to take a little break from it even though i know I can’t do that forever.
My skincare routine probably isn’t right for me.
After a week of just washing my face, I think this was the biggest take away. If I’m spending all this time (and money) slathering on products day and night, I expect my skin to miss them if I stop using them. And my skin definitely didn’t; Nothing changed that much. I was still as dry, still as broken out, still as uneven. I wasn’t excited to get back to my old skincare routine. If anything, I was ready to find a new one. If my skin isn’t better with all these products added to them, then these products aren’t working.
I need a change.
This one speaks for itself. I am slowly starting to add products in to see what works and what doesn’t. I’m being more mindful of what I use and allowing each one to work or not before adding another. This little experiment turned into a skincare journey. I think taking care of your skin is so important, so it’s a journey definitely worth the work.
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