Will Ditching Moisturisers Make My Skin Dewy-Glowy-Clean? | Clean Beauty Rut #4

Adventurers, I thought it’s about time to tell you, in a nutshell, about the progress of my “Craziest Challenge a beauty insider can take up“!

“Disclaimer” of sorts:
No medical advice included.
Describes only my experiment, and while I believe that we over-do skin care, our skin is our biggest organ and shouldn’t be approached with bits that we pick up on the Internet. I sure did my share of research and medical consultations prior to this decision!

RECAP: WHY I’M GOING MOISTURIZER-FREE

I’m in my thirties. Time when others consider (or do) Botox, fillers, whatnot – against all odds, I decided to go bare. Ha, well, sort of bare – I completely dismissed all cremes, serums and gels. My skin is damaged by over a decade of careless beauty addiction; it doesn’t take any cream or lotion well for a long period of time. And I’ve had them ALL: dermatologist’s brands; luxury brands; premium brands; organic brands; doctor and pharmacy brands; cult brands and novelty brands. Whoa, what a ride.

So while my skin, hands and neck included, is fair, firm and healthy, and doesn’t really give away my age – no wrinkles, no weird pigmentation (except for a fair amount of freckles), no sagging – it’s really prone to irritation and redness. Foundation? Never without!

So one rainy day end of May I went “cold turkey” on moisturisers and Co, which means:

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You can discover my first month’s routine here.

YES! MOISTURISER-FREE for 10 WEEKS!

Okay, so it’s 10 weeks tomorrow to be quite precise. Still pretty unbelievable.

How it went so far?

Well, I must say, I have never been happier. We suffer a very, very hot summer this year in Berlin, which would normally wreak havoc on my skin. But I stick to the “pure oils + thermal water + pure mineral makeup + nothing else” regime, and my skin seems to really appreciate it!

So far, the new regime has “unlocked” following “achievements”:
Skin balance: Combination skin, I see ye part! No oily T-zone at lunchtime (remember the heat, guys!) and no itchy dry spots
Skin health: The skin is much less irritated, the spots are visibly reduced (I can tell by the decreasing use of the concealer) and the pores seem somewhat tighter
Skin texture: The skin is soft to the touch and is really beautifully firm. Loving it!

I’m very eager to see where this goes, I really am. I promise an unphotoshopped closeup by the end of next month! *oooh, feeling slightly panicky*

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LESSONS LEARNED SO FAR

Thermal water spray, natural / virgin oils, thorough makeup removal, healthy diet / lifestyle, hydrationYES.
Liquid makeup, heavy oils (sesame, sunflower), salty food and too much salt/sugar – definitely NO.
Summer basics so far:
Everyday Minerals “Wet Sand” (global review here), couleur caramel shimmery body oil, Wolkenseifen pure deodorant, Talika anti wrinkle oil, Konjac sponge, two Dr. Hauschka “specialists” for a deeper cleanse – and a lot of spare time due to the simplified beaute routine! 😉

UPDATE SUMMER 2014: RECAP, LESSONS LEARNED, UPDATED SKINCARE ROUTINE, TIPS FOR OILY ADULT SKIN AND MORE

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19 Responses

  1. LOCALSPOTTER

    I am loving this! Started to go moisturizer free over 6 months ago and haven’t looked back. I use Dr Hauschka Facial Toner daily and occassionaly Aesop Damascus Face Oil (any insight on that?;) it’s quite rich though so I only use it once a week.
    Would love to know more about your oils too pleeease.

  2. Would you believe I am traveling (moisturiser-wise) in the opposite direction. For years I used Argan oil as instead of beauty county jars of moisturizer but last winter I felt my skin was getting drier so I swopped
    back to the regular stuff. I am experimenting with brands and my latest buy is one from the UK brand This Works. I haven’t looked too closely at the ingredient list so I am not sure not ‘natural’ it is. 😉

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