You may remember back in 2015, I embarked on a journey to reduce the number of products used on my skin to allow for it to ‘breathe’. My completely bare skin had not seen the light of day or night for quite a long time. I thought it was about time to try a few experiments, re-evaluate what I was using on my skin and try going without product on my face in the evenings to see how my skin reacts. Here’s a link to peruse if you want to read more on the background of my experiment.
Week 1 started out a little hasty as I tried going skincare-free every night to begin with. I seem to have an irrational fear of wrinkles/lines on my face and ageing in general; so I quickly decided that doing it this way was a tad gung-ho and probably not the way to go about it. I was quite fearful that my skin would end up being so dry that visible lines would start to form.
Going into week 2, decisions were made to limit the product-free nights to twice a week. This seemed to work really well for me and this is something that I have continued to do so for quite some time now. At first, I experienced some immediate dryness after washing my face but after about half an hour, the dryness was gone and my skin seemed to regulate itself. Upon waking up, my skin was still fine and in fact, looking better than the day before.
As an experiment, you can try going product-free for 1 or 2 nights a week to see if this helps your skin too. This sounds a little scary at first, but it might make all the difference! You only get one skin, so I really try to look after mine as best I can. Letting your skin heal and breathe is really important as your skin is the largest organ in your body. Your skin is also a reflection of everything that is going on, inside and out. So to clean up your skin, try giving it a break and equally as important, take care of what you put into your body as well. In particular, things like too much dairy, gluten and processed sugar can have a massive impact on the appearance of the skin. When I am gorging myself on sweets it’s immediately reflected on my skin with breakouts. It turns out that processed sugar has a direct impact on hormones, which can also be reflected in your skin, especially if you are sensitive to it like I am. A quick google search will also tell you that there are plenty of studies showing that processed sugar can cause hormonal fluctuations, inflammation, mood swings, increased hunger, sugar addiction and issues with insulin levels.
I am not a nutritionist, but I can share with you what has worked for me over the years. Going from terrible acne in my early twenties to cleaning up my act and my skin respectively. I found that eating less processed sugar, dairy, junk food and a lower gluten intake has cleared it up and definitely made a dramatic difference. I only wish when I was younger I had known this instead of taking intense acne medications and using topical drying treatments that have dried out my skin over the years. Oils are not necessarily the baddies here, it could be the food that you are eating.
I’d love to hear what has helped you with clearing your skin. Have you tried giving your skin a break?