Skincare skincare skincare, most of us are now being told we should have a very thorough 7-to-10 step skincare routine. We are all being sold product after product, continuously hearing ”this is THE cleanser that will change your life”. You buy the $40 cleanser just to find yourself breaking out more within the next few days after trying the so called miracle. We have all been there, myself included.
Today I’m sharing why I decided to stop using most of my skincare products. I say most because clearly you have to still clean the skin after wearing makeup all day. I will also explain what happened to my skin after deciding to drop the 7 step routine I firmly believed in. As well as the products I’m using now.
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Why I Stopped:
Honestly, I stopped using so many products because I was too tired. Some might even say lazy. I was working my tail off at a corporate beauty store, in the middle of the pandemic. I simply became beat down and too tired. It could easily become a long story so I will spare you guys the details. Under those circumstances, I found myself doing the bare minimum skincare. I only started using a cleanser, sometimes toner, then an oil for moisture.
That means I had stopped using cleansing balms, masks, serums, an actual moisturizer, exfoliators, beauty tools…etc., At one point I couldn’t believe I had quit using all these products, after all the training I recieved on skincare, and studied so much for my skin type.
What Happened To My Skin?
Some would think my skin would have started breaking out even more, and age faster. I thought that myself, every night I would say “I’m going to regret not doing anything else.” What had actually happened was my skin began to clear, and let me tell you I consistently had breakouts beforehand! I would get so frustrated I’m using products for my skin why is this happening?! Turns out my skin didn’t really benefit from using all of those products every single day.
My whiteheads and pimples started to fade a lot faster than before. I would wake up and start noticing that my face was looking healthy. It was starting to glow, and the texture had significantly improved. As a matter of fact, the texture was the worst for my self-confidence. I can deal with pimples just throw on some green based concealer, I’m not saying I liked dealing with them. It was just much easier to conceal rather than trying to hide larger pores.
I can’t say this is for everyone, all I can do is share my story. I have been there, where you’re so upset at your skin after spending loads of money on products ”designed” to take care of those problems. If you don’t have acne that requires seeing a dermatologist I recommend to just try to stop using some and see what happens. You might turn out just as shocked as I was.
After I told my friend that I quit doing so many steps and my skin has never looked better, I watched a TikTok and a girl was saying how she thinks skincare is basically a load of crap to make the industry money. Which I can’t say I fully disagree with, but that’s an entirely different controversial topic I don’t want to get in.
The Products I’m Using
- I have two cleansers, I mostly use the La-Roche Posay medicated gel cleanser. I do like to switch between that and the Tula Cult Classic cleanser, I do love them both a lot, so I’m not really willing to drop either one. I do think it’s good to switch between products so your skin doesn’t get used to using the same one. The medicated gel cleanser has salicylic acid in it and that’s great for a gentle exfoliation and as well as preventing oily skin which comes with pimples, blackheads..etc., When I bought the La-Roche Posay I actually had bought the acne innovation kit, it came with cleanser, toner, and acne spot treatment. All of these items work great!
- Secondly, I don’t always use toner. Some nights I just want to literally do the bare minimum. Furthermore, I would say I use toner 3 out of 7 nights. I use the Tula Get Toned Pro-Glycolic toner. This definitely has aided in improving my skin texture.
- In addition to, I use my Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil for a moisturizer. This stuff, has been one of the best products I have come across. I have combination skin and my cheeks do get extremely dry. This has solved that and I believe my skins texture as well. A lot of people are afraid of oils but I don’t think I’ll go back to using a regular moisturizer again. I wake up with refreshed and glowing skin.
- Lastly, sometimes I need to do a little more exfoliating for my skin or a little refreshing. I’ll either use the Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash or The Ordinary AHA + BHA solution. I only use them maybe once a week or once every two weeks. In winter months I do use the peeling solution on a Sunday evening, and then use the exfoliating face wash on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.
All things considered, my skin is looking the best it ever has. Another thing I would like to add, is obviously drinking enough water is a huge factor as well. I have been drinking a powdered collagen supplement even with the long skincare routine and without. It’s really assisted in keeping my skin looking healthy as well. Here is the one I use, I drink it alone before lunch time everyday. Collagen is also beneficial in joint health as well, so I mainly started drinking to aid with my Hashimoto’s. Then I started noticing how well it was benefiting my skin, it’s really started to look plump and healthy.
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