That Time I Went A Week Without Moisturizer.
Honestly, I had no idea if this was going to work.
Last week, I ran out of my Drunk Elephant Moisturizer, and I wasn’t exactly jumping at the idea of spending another $52 on a reup. Then I remembered a conversation (read: lecture) with my mom about not using too many products on my skin. Something about my skin losing its natural ability to produce oil or collagen. I decided if I was going to do it, now was the perfect time. This summer has been hot and humid, and my skin had reached a point where it was semi-normal and seemed up to the challenge.
I decided to get down to the bare minimum in my routine: toner and eye cream. I have three different toners on rotation which I used during this experiment. Eye cream is necessary because I'm grown AF. For a week, I stuck to these two products with the hopes that I could break out of my vicious product junkie cycle.
daily routine. I started my mornings washing my face with cold water and a none stripping face cleanser like this one. The cold water not only de-puffs and tends to be less drying, but that first splash is sure to wake my sleepy ass. I followed with either the Fresh Floral Toner ($40) or the Glossier Soothing Mist ($18), which are both rosewater based. Up until now, neither of these products were part of my regular routine so it was time to put them to the test. Glossier’s mist proved to be more moisturizing and felt a bit thicker on the skin, so I ended up using this on days when my skin felt tighter and needed a bit more juice. In the evenings, if I could muster up the energy to wash my face, I would pat on my Fresh Creme Ancienne Toner ($90, but HG HG HG) and top off with some my Belif Eye Cream ($48) before hitting the sack.
(two) weeks later. I’m that friend that is always raving about a new product that has *seriously* changed my life. I don’t want to be the girl who cried wolf, but I really do mean it when I say this was the best thing I’d ever done for my skin. Not only did it save me money and time, but my skin has become, dare I say, normal? I no longer feel tightness in the morning after I wash my face, and if I feel like my skin needs some extra TLC, I would just go back to one of my facial mists for another spritz or two. I abstained from masks or any other deep treatments, and it’s been two weeks now! I actually kept going because I realized my skin was doing just fine without heavy creams and moisturizers. I’ll definitely try to keep this up as long as I can since my skin has been loving the detox.
Should you give this a try? Maybe! I’ve absolutely been telling all my friends about my little experiment and will report back should any brave soul care to join me in my journey to cut down on the products I have strewn about around my bathroom sink!