Whilst we’re constantly told to use a moisturiser on a daily basis to replenish and hydrate the skin, who knew that there was a beauty trend which wholly advised against it.
Aptly called ‘no moisturiser skincare’ it aims to decrease the amount of chemically refined moisturisers we put on our face, because it can often throw off the balance of natural sebum.
Wait, how does this whole thing actually work? Results show that moisturising your skin too much can lead to a build-up of bacteria which can clog your pores and lead to other nasties such as acne.
Is there a solid routine?
Not really. Most men and women who follow this regime cleanse their skin twice a day and only use a moisturiser if absolutely necessary (let’s say, during the winter). The entire no-moisturiser regime aims to decrease the skins reliance on chemicals and instead, actually gives it the ability to heal itself.
Sometimes using too many products at once can traumatise the skin and lead to under-the-skin bumps and the occasional acne spot.
Are there any side effects?
Think of your skin as one giant organ; it ingests everything you put on it in a matter of seconds. If you have been religiously moisturising your face for a long period of time, then you will start to notice some common symptoms. Initially, many users notice an increase of dry patches and flakey skin, even on types which are mostly oily.
How do I know if it’s right for me?
If you suffer from particularly dry or dehydrated skin, then this is probably not the skincare regime that will work for you.
Take a look at your surroundings and determine whether they could also be the source of your dry skin; working in air-conditioning, or similarly the hot sun can completely suck the moisture from your skin as well. Ideally, this regime is perfect for those who have normal to oily skin types since it’s not over-drying.
What else can I use in lieu of a moisturiser?
There are different ways to hydrate the skin without resorting to a traditional creamy moisturiser. Thermal waters contain little to no harmful additives and are a fantastic alternative if you’re looking to wean yourself off of moisturisers, but don’t want to go cold turkey.
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