I have spent a lot of time testing out products and sometimes this hasn’t always been good for my skin. At one point I got so excited by all the new products that I had acquired that I was trying out a different one everyday. What this led to was spotty, irritated skin. When I went to a facialist at Josh Wood Atelier in Notting Hill to sort out my skin, she simply told me to stop. Stop using so many products! It had never actually occurred to me that my multitude of beloved skincare products could be actually making my skin…God forbid…worse.
She recommended going back to basics and using a simplified skincare routine, for example, cleansing with a balm or a pH balanced cleanser. I had previously been double and sometimes triple-cleansing my skin, which sometimes breaks out in spots. This was the beginning of the problem as I was stripping my skin of its natural oils and disrupting the pH balance.
The next step was to stop using so many products-especially a new one everyday. I had been abusing my skin and hadn’t even realised it. I gave away my scrubs and hid my foaming cleansers. I then switched to Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which I found was really gentle on my skin.
Another gentle step I use in my skincare routine involves DHC which is a great make-up remover. I generally use this to remove all the make-up and grime from my face before cleansing with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I discovered DHC several years ago in Japan and have loved the brand ever since. Although the packaging is very simple and it’s easy to pass this by just because it might not catch your eye, it really does work and is amazingly gentle on the skin.
The result? Skin that no longer feels stripped or tight. Less truly is more.