Wash Your Face With Water Wash Your Face With Water

In the last year, I’ve gained the habit of trying out new beauty products and began rating them according to my opinion. This was the result of some research I’d done about skincare regimens and beauty routines, after realizing how tired I felt due to poor balance in my life and how that could impact my skin.

Some products I had tried were noticeably useful, such as sunscreen or makeup removers — they did what they claimed to do. But the deeper solution for my “tired” appearance wasn’t in any gel, cream or tonic. It usually never is.

Obviously, and thanks to a job shift, changing my lifestyle helped me feel better and more energized.

At the time though, thinking they’d keep my skin from getting old or tired again, I kept buying more products. One to moisturize, one to clean up, one for night repair, one for enlarged pores, and the list went on. The thing about skincare marketing is it makes you believe your skin has many “problems” and that you have to tackle them all.

The skin can handle its own problems

It was only when I came across an interview from Dr. Yael Adler, a German dermatologist, that I realised less is definitely more in skincare.

By using too many products, we tend to irritate the skin. We should build up the skin from inside: just eat healthy food.

Boom. So simple, so obvious, and yet, we keep spending money in all these anti-aging products to prevent our skin oxidation and wrinkle formation. We “wash” our face with chemical cleaners, and are surprised when we develop rosacea, dermatitis or other sensitive skin conditions due to this overuse of products that remove the natural barrier of the skin.

In another interview, Dr. Adler claims that the only creams that can improve skin protection are sunscreens:

To understand what the sun does to the skin, stand in front of the mirror and compare the skin of the face with the skin of the tail, which is always protected from the sun. The difference is obvious.”

Carrot juice and tomato sauce for wrinkle prevention

Eating foods with many colors, such as fruits and vegetables, so present in our Mediterranean diet, is one of the best forms of protection. “Tomato sauce or juice, which has lycopene, an essential repairing antioxidant, is more effective for the skin than any expensive cream. And a glass of carrot juice a day – which makes the skin a little more orange – increases by two or three times the time the skin endures sun exposure.”

I’m amazed by how, no matter what subject I talk about, less is always more. Less is always better.