I might be the only person who can say this, but my skin is better when I don’t wash it. Especially during the winter months when the cold, dry weather is already taking its toll on my exposed face. Washing every morning and night (as so many skin care books and blogs advise) was just making my breakouts 10 times worse.
That’s not to say I don’t wash my face at all—if I’ve been wearing makeup throughout the day (powder and blush) then a good cleaning and moisturizing is necessary. But, because my skin has started looking better since this whole ‘no cleansing’ phase, all I really wear now is eye makeup which is easily taken off with an oil-free eye makeup up remover—I’m currently loving the one I use by Quo.
With this new and unexpected revelation I have developed a few New Years resolutions that I have dubbed as The Skincare Project. Most of these tips are general knowledge and some are specific to me and my day-to-day routine.
RELAX WITH THE CLEANSER
Skin is supposed to have a bit of oil on it and when it’s stripped away, it will only produce more as a means of restoring itself. Ever since I hit puberty I had always been told that the key to good skin is cleansing. For me, it’s not. The key is just to let it be from time to time. So far, it’s been working winders.
DRINK MORE WATER
Basic enough, but incredibly hard if you really try to do it throughout the day. I’ve found that the easiest way for me to be motivated to drink enough is to do it in big bursts throughout the day and then keep a sippy cup from Starbucks in close reach for when I’m just lounging.
DON’T TOUCH MY FACE
This is probably my worst beauty habit and yet I cant stop it. Anytime I’m stressed or sorting through a problem at work, I will inevitably rest my hand on my chin or glide it along my forehead, creating the perfect oily surface for pimples to erupt.
STOP SLEEPING FACE DOWN
I think this is the hardest change to make so far. I have always been a stomach sleeper with my one cheek buried deep in my pillow, so much so that I usually wake up with one eye a bit fuzzy from the weight of sleeping on it. Not to mention the plethora of pimples on one side of my face for the next week. Now that I write it out, it’ll probably be for the best that I become a back sleeper moving forward.
TAKE OMEGA 3 VITAMINS
I’ve read that this works. I guess I’ll find out.
If you’ve read previous posts, I talk about my habit of stressing a lot and the struggle of trying to control and, ultimately, diminish it. It’s not a myth that stressing causes blemishes; I’ve figured that out first-hand.
Any tips and tricks worth noting?