Givin’ the skin a break!

Serums, oils, moisturisers, night creams, day creams, sun creams, primers, cream creams creams! There comes a point when we all feel a bit overwhelmed with skin routines. I believe this happens both physically and mentally.

Recently, the summer weather has been playing havoc with my skin which has resulted in it being incredibly flaky, yet oily in patches. This is not only incredibly annoying for me, but it also makes foundation separate on my skin. Powders to set the foundation in place are a no-no for flaky skin and primers are a personal preference. Personally, I am yet to find a primer that is worth adding another layer on my skin.

This got me thinking about all the products that we put on our face. Typically I have tried to use natural products where possible but what I am really thinking about is the sheer number of products we place topically on our faces. The minute we finish cleansing, the slathering of products commences. Serums followed by oils or oils followed by creams. Does our skin ever have time to have a rest, rejuvenate and regenerate itself?

Now, I am not going to stop using moisturiser during the day as my skin is simply too dry to walk around and scare the public. However, I have been thinking about skipping the night-time products and just use a moisturiser during the day for a little while to see how my skin reacts.

There are many schools of thought on stopping to use moisturising products in the evening – some say that you could experience increased dryness which could lead to premature ageing and noticeable fine lines (I pray this is the not the case). Others, such as Dr Hauschka (natural medicine and skincare guru) believe that night creams will be the detriment to your skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate itself. After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body and certainly has a functional role to play – which is to ‘eliminate the day’s waste’. So perhaps it needs time to breathe?

So here I am now, on a mission just to try it out and see how it goes. I am now on day 2 and so far I have been surprised with the results. After cleansing, my skin feels incredibly dry and I expected that the dryness feeling would continue through the night, waking up looking like a peeling, dry prune. However, this was not the case on both days. I woke up and my skin was just fine – I dare to almost say almost ‘normal’ with no increase in flakiness at this stage. Hopefully the skin will rejuvenate, breathe and flakiness will disappear in the coming days/weeks (that’s the plan!).

I will continue this experiment to see if my skin regulates itself over time and keep you posted along the way.

Let me know if you have tried anything similar and your experiences with it.

Alice

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