I should probably preface this by saying I am not a dermatologist, a beautician or someone that has any authority on skin apart from having it on my body. I am also not a beauty blogger, but I feel pretty strongly about this tip so hear me out.
My number one skin care tip is: don’t put anything on your face. Nothing. Not cleanser, toner, moisturiser, purifyer, detoxifyer or anything else that ends in ‘fyer’, pimple cream, serum, lotions potions or anti aging bull sh*t.
Don’t buy it. When I was 19 my skin suddenly erupted in large sore pimples. My dermatologist (who charged $125 for a five minute consultation, so he must have been good) prescribed some pretty mild antibiotics and told me not to touch or put anything on my skin. And to this day I still haven’t. Except for sunscreen and a generic chemist cream I use to remove make up.
It’s called Aqueous Cream and it comes in plenty of brands and costs about $10 for a huge tub like this:
I just rub it all over my face with a bit of water and then wipe it off with cotton make up remover pads. I try to do this at night but I’m pretty lazy and sometimes do it the next morning… Gross. But I must emphasise, this is a product that has no other function than to loosen and remove my make up. I use a SPF 50 sunscreen every day without fail.
I feel pretty strongly that organs like skin are pretty good at regulating themselves. I don’t apply a lotion or take a pill every day for my lungs to function, so why my face?! This of course is not the case if you suffer from a medical condition like serious acne. I’m fortunate to have clear skin with just the odd pimple, but I think my no product regime has a lot to do with this. Here’s a photo of me without makeup if you you need proof.
I recently had a facial and lost count of the amount of products slathered over my face in what appeared to be no particular order. After an hour of feeling sticky and uncomfortable I couldn’t wait to get home and douse my face in water. But not before my beauty therapist “prescribed” a slew of products from their catalogue which she kindly gave me to take home and peruse. No thanks!
I find the amount of skin care products out there bewildering and confusing, so my advice is to use none of them and see what happens. What do you use on your face?