“Just leave it alone!” is the ancient wisdom passed from mother-to-daughter when it comes to breakouts, but we all know that it’s easier said than done. We talk a lot about skincare in the office, and I’ll never forget the shock on Camille and Chanel’s faces when I told them that I only use water to wash my face every day. I’ve been a big believer in just letting my skin “do it’s own thing” for a long time — but it always felt almost irresponsible, or against popular opinion at the very least. That’s why I was so excited when Camille told me about The Skin Cleanse, a book she recently read (and loved) that makes the argument for doing less to your skin. I sat down with author Adina Grigore to talk about her research and discoveries in the field of skincare, and why she believes harsh topical products shouldn’t be our first line defense against skin problems. Adina is also the founder of S.W. Basics, a line of wholistic and gentle skincare products made with fewer and simpler ingredients for your best skin ever. “I studied holistic nutrition and worked as a certified personal trainer,” says Adina about the path that led her to a career in skincare. “My only experience with skincare was as a frustrated consumer with sensitive skin. I knew a lot about food from nutrition school, and transferred that knowledge into skincare. That’s one of the reasons all of our formulas are so simple, they’re more like recipes. They use kitchen cabinet ingredients, and they’re easy to DIY. That all stems from my background—a lack of experience!” Scroll on to discover Adina’s insight into why doing less to your skin just might be the answer you’ve been searching for.
featured image from stella mccartney