By Megan Vick
Finding the right skin care products can be overwhelming and exhausting. There are gazillions of products out there all claiming to do “this” or “that.” Most of these products, even ones touting how “natural” they are, are full of chemicals, alcohols, and creepy hidden chemicals used to de-ice planes (propylene glycol, anyone?).
So, what do you do to find out which product you need?
1) Don’t wear make up for 1 week
For some women, this is a sacrifice they cannot make. That’s okay. You should go a week without makeup because you will be able to see how your skin reacts to your surrounding environment throughout your normal routine. No, don’t even put on powder or bronzer or whatever you kids are calling it these days.
2) Eat Normally
During your week of not wearing make-up, eat like you usually do. If that means Starbucks for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch, and cocktails and chicken wings for dinner, then so be it. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend that way of living, but hey, I don’t judge. By not wearing makeup, you can see how your body reacts to your diet. Whether your skin becomes oily, dry, or your break out in pimples, you’ll begin to learn about your skin.
3) Wash Your Face
But there is a catch! Spend at least one day (it’s best to do 2 days, like a weekend) and just wash your face with water. No soap, no detergents, no washes, no scrubs, no cleansers- NOTHING! When you hop out of the shower, you’ll be able to feel how your skin is naturally. Don’t put anything on your face or body after your shower. Don’t use moisturizer, or lotion, or serum, or toner, or cream. Just relax. Grab a book or put on your favorite movie and enjoy the day.
4) Take notes
This might seem weird and kind of corny, but if you’re way out of your comfort zone by not wearing make-up and not using products to wash your face, you may experience a whole new side of you. If you notice your skin drying out immediately after your shower, write it down. If you start to break out, or feel oily during your week, make a note of it. It’s important to do this so you can remember exactly how your face reacts throughout the week.
You might be asking, “Great, how will this help me?”
You will get to know your skin without anything on it and going about your daily life. You’ll need a moisturizer (at minimum) for your face, and a lotion for your body. Depending on the different reactions your skin shows, you may want to opt for a skin care system. A system can be as complex or as simple as you desire. Check out our post on which skin care system we recommend for the 3 main types of skin.