Post # 1
I’m 31 so for the last few years I started up with the heavy moisturizers, eye creams, wrinkle creams, retin A, etc….
I would always use these products and see changes after a month or so (for the better) but they were always minimal. I’ve also always had clear skin but it tended to be dry, especially in winter. So usually I get a head start on my dry skin and moisturize like crazy but in doing so, even if I skipped a day with the moisturizer my skin would be really dry.
Cut to a few months ago I fell out of all routines. I stopped wearing makeup, I stopped washing my face at night, I stopped putting ANYTHING on my face.
My skin has never looked better. Ever. My FI always told me those creams were a load of BS but I never believed him because I never had the guts to stop using them. My skin looks younger and more glowing than it did 5 years ago.
I don’t eat much dairy, which I think helps. I drink almond milk and stay away from yogurt. I also drink anywhere near enough water, like I should.
Give it a try. Let your skin go bare for a few months and see if it helps!
Post # 3
Thanks for posting this. I’m going to try this. I have been spending way too much money on facial creams.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I way cut back a while ago and my skin got so much better. I now wash with a mild cleanser at night only. I moisturize with an aloe based moisturizer night and morning (right after my shower when my skin is still slightly damp). I sometimes wear makeup but not anywhere close to daily.
I still have oily skin, but it’s not crazy oily. I no longer keep oil blotting sheets with me 24/7. My skin is no longer flakey at times and my redness has decreased a lot. I still have some acne, but not much and it’s never horrifying like it was before.
Post # 5
I’m also 31, and I don’t do anything to my skin. I wear make up a few times a month, but a lot of the time I go completely bare faced. I only wash my face when there’s a reason – it’s dirty (I do get muddy/sweaty a lot) or I’ve worn make up. I do wear moisturizer with sunscreen every morning, but that’s it (and I’m very fair, so sunscreen is a must.)
I have never done much to my skin. It’s very clear, a little dry (it can be very dry – which is why I do as little as I can) and I haven’t started to wrinkle. I still get carded buying beer on a regular basis, so it must be working. My mum does not look her age and the only thing she’s ever done is wash her face with noxema. I figure its great genetics.
I do drink a lot of water. I eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. I do drink low fat/non fat milk. I don’t smoke and I drink socially. I never tan. Ever. I think that is a huge help.
Post # 6
I don’t wear makeup, only use cream, and my skin is awesome. my husband doesn’t wear makeup (haha obviously) and also avoids cream, and his skin is sooo dry and cracked in the winter it makes me cringe.
I only use simple creams though, like olay facial moisturizer. no eye/wrinkle/retin A/fancy stuff.
Post # 7
I’m glad this has worked for you. It won’t for many. Everyone’s skin is just different.
Im 21, and throughout my teenage years until now I have rarely had so much as one minor pimple. I go to bed every night with my make up on, have never used any sort of cleanser, moisterizer, etc. I pretty regularly eat greasy food/drink alcohol. I should have really terrible skin!
My mom had terrible acne when she was younger and compared her face to an oil field. Makes no sense!
Post # 8
I am the opposite. If I don’t cleanse my skin breaks out. I have sensitive skin though, so pollutants are irritants. I can’t leave dirt sitting on my skin -this isn’t just my face – I get hives on my legs and hands sometimes too.
I have to careful about which makeup I wear though, as some of the makeup irritates my skin as well. That said, no one thinks I look my age.
I think everyone is different but everyone should have at least 2 makeup free days each week to let your skin breath.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@Blueghostgirl: You might benefit from washing your face only at night. Then you can get the pollutants of the day off without overdrying and irritating your skin by washing it more than once per day.
Post # 10
@mrsSonthebeach: I only wash my skin once each day – at the end of work.
I wear minimal makeup at work generally. Some days I go to the effort of eyeliner, lipstick, and mascara, but mostly its just foundation (usually because I am too busy talking to co-workers to get myself more made up). I am really careful about where my make up comes from too – I had some Chinese eyeliner several years ago that made my eyes into puffballs!!!! American and English seem to be safe, and Australian, of course.
Post # 11
I don’t wear makeup or wash my face unless it’s dirty. I mix together some oils as a mosturizer when needed, and occasionally rinse with green tea. Most women in my family have good looking skin though. And we all have different regimens.
Post # 12
I’m mid forties and I almost never use face creams, lotions, moisturizer, etc. I usually wash my face twice a day (morning and before bed), just hot water and a somewhat rough washcloth, no cleaners unless I have trouble getting my eye makeup off. I have really great skin. Part I’m sure is luck and genetics, but I have definitely noticed when I try to do more “skincare” that my skin often looks worse.
Post # 13
@FleeSircus: I agree with you!
I have a hard time going bare faced in the winter because I get so pale and my face looks kind of red and splotchy in some areas. So I wear a powder foundation.
But in the summer when I have a tan I always go bare faced!
The only creams/moisturizers I use are Aveeno’s Clear Complexion moisturizer (I have mild acne) and Aubrey Organics Everyday Moisturizer around my eyes.
I don’t bother with all of the night creams, etc. A regular, every day moisturizer is just the same!
Post # 14
@cls9q: I was the exact same way and then I had a period of bad acne for about a year around year 25. No clue – Derm said it was just hormonal changes but it went away!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
I’m in the process of cutting out a lot of chemicals from my routine. I wear makeup so I have to at least wash my face at night. but I definitely believe in the “less is more” concept. I recently looked into the ingredients in cetaphil, and it turns out it’s chock full of chemicals that supposedly aggervate skin (like sodium laureth sulfate)! we’ll see if replacing it will help. I’ve used cetaphil forever and I always thought it was supposed to be a good cleanser so we’ll see what happens.
I’m always experimenting on myself. my new HG product is lavender oil, it seems to be doing some amazing things for my rosacea and acne. but it’s too soon to tell for sure.