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No water experiment!



So during a lazy period, I decided to try the “no water” thing. I’m not referring to the caveman regimen, which FYI, did my skin no favours. I mean using other products to clean my face. So my skin is insanely combination. As in it’s greasy AND dry at the same time (Wtf??!), blackheads, former acne scars, whiteheads, cysts, you get the idea. In the beginning I thought I’d use face washes. Dove Soap, acne washes, you name it. I figured, if it dries out my skin, it’ll dry out my spots right? Wrong. Even after applying moisturiser, my skin was like, nope, go crazy spots. ARGH! 
When I heard about using a cream cleanser instead of water and face wash I thought “Ew! My face is will be unclean and sweaty! Turns out, I was wrong. At first I tried a really thick one, I slathered on Ponds Cold cream and wiped it off with a wash cloth. But it was WAY to harsh and left my skin with a weird residue that the spots didn’t like. Round two, I needed something gentler. So I went for Olay rich cleansing cream. Slapped a good blob on a cotton pad and gently buffed my face with it. It got my make up off brilliantly, and left my skin feeling nourished without a heavy OTT greasy feeling. Plus the buffing action got rid of any dry skin around my nose and mouth! I stuck with this for a while, then as always, decided to venture into different cleansing methods out of curiously. However I always find myself coming back to cream cleansers. It’s like cleaning and moisturising in one (convenient), and some of the cleansers are pretty cheap! Right now I’m using the Garnier Rosewater infused one, or the soothing one for sensitive skin. When I’m done cleansing, I apply a non-drying toner designed for troublesome skin. Garnier PureActive anti-blemish is my saviour of late. And viola, done! Now my skin has not cleared 100%, as if it ever will. But this method seems great for balancing my skin and reducing redness and scarring.  If my skin feels a little dry I’ll apply moisturiser only where I need it, and treatment on spots. What I also love about cream cleansers is the multi-use they provide. Using it before make up provides a smooth base, and (since I’m all for DIY skincare), I love making my own little concoctions. For example if my skin is being a real bitch, I’ll add a few drops of tea tree oil into the cleanser. Or if my skin is dry, I sprinkle a bit of bicarbonate of soda into it and gently buff it into my skin. It’s also great for removing eye makeup and softening the eye area, which I especially enjoy since I get dry itchy eyes. 

So....yeah I’ve rambled.  But give it a shot! I know so many people with spots that assume Rigorous washing is the key, especially if you have oily skin. But all that does it provoke your pores into oiling up more! With the CC, it gives your skin the moisture it needs so it doesn’t need to work as hard. 

Hope this his post will helpful for some despite how lengthy it is (apologies, first blog entry excitement) :-)


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