If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know I love skincare. For me, it's more than a daily process, but it's a precious ritual that is part of my self care. It's the reason I blog; I'm so interested in skin care that I want to try products and share my favourites with others.
Today I want to share my thoughts and experience with the book, Skin Cleanse, by Adina Grigore. I want to dive into how it allowed me to get to know my body and my skin on a deeper level than ever before.
In her book, Adina advocates for a simple skin and body care routine that enables you to truly take care of your skin, without using harsh ingredients or conventional products.
To get started, she advises her readers to work through a food journal, a product journal, and a skin cleanse. I'll explain what each of those are, and then I'll talk about my experiences with each and how they can help you on your skincare journey.
What is a Food Journal and Why Should I do it?
A food journal is a log of what you eat and drink. It's a way to track what foods your eating at what times, and how you feel before and after. A food journal can last anywhere from three days to a week.
You should do one because it gives you so much insight into what your diet is really like.
For example, I learned that there's a lot of little bites that I have at work that were often filled with sugar. I learned that while I drink a lot of water, I need to drink more. I learned that apples make me feel tired and bloated. I also learned I rarely ate any fats or starchy carbs, which was why I felt hungry all of the time. And I learned all of this in a three day period.
The food journal gave me a lot of insight into my true diet, and it gave me the ability to make the necessary adjustments. I've cut back on apples (to be fair, I was eating a lot. My body was way overwhelmed). I've tried to drink more water, and I've added in lots of nut butters, trail mix, and potatoes.
This has not only helped with how I physically feel, but it's helped with my skin. Now, not only does my skin actually get the nutrients it needs, there's also less inflammation from the foods that bothered me.
What is a Product Journal?
A product journal is a log of the products you use. I wrote down everything, including hand soap, skin care, makeup, body care, and hair care.
The product journal is there to show you how many products you actually use. I learned that while I've simplified my routine a lot, I still have a long way to go.
There were days when I was using concealer, liquid foundation, and a powder foundation. On top of that were brow products, three different eye shadows, mascara, blush, highlighter, and lipstick. It's a lot for your skin to take, especially when you're doing a six step skincare routine morning and night, plus using face wipes, masks, and treatments.
I've cut back on the face masks and treatments because that was the easiest step. I've also turned my six step skincare routine into a three step routine, with generally the same products morning and night. I've also cut back on the days that I wear makeup, and I'm going to be more careful about which products I add into the mix.
What is This Skin Cleanse?
I've told you about how insightful the food and product journals were. But the last step, the proper skin cleanse, was the most insightful step.
Adina's last step is to go without any products for three days to two weeks. The point is to allow your skin time to find balance, particularly in oil regulation. If you've been stripping your skin, or even over hydrating it, this skin cleanse will give your skin time to sort itself out.
While it wasn't always fun, I learned so much about my skin. One of the most important things I learned was that I really do have dry skin that needs to be nourished.
I also learned that my beauty routine was taking up a lot of time in my day. While I used to enjoy it, I also enjoyed gaining those minutes back. So while I'm so eager to get back to a beauty routine, I'm going to be more mindful about the products I use.
The Big Takeaway
If you only take away one thing from this blog post, it's to read Skin Cleanse. It's an eye opening experience that allows you to truly get to know your skin.
But if you want to take away more than that, remember that while we may be using natural products, sometimes our skin needs a break. It needs a refresh.
It also doesn't need hundreds of ingredients every day. If you're looking for a new product, try looking into a simple DIY recipe. If that doesn't work, look to brands that prioritize simple ingredients that work to nourish your skin.
If you need any DIY recipe or brand recommendations, comment below and I'll fill you in! If you have any favourites, tell us!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope it's inspired you to read Skin Cleanse and to look into what your skin really needs.
Tell me your thoughts about the book, skincare, or anything else in the comments!
Until next time,