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The Argument for Doing Nothing to Your Skin

August 29th, 2017

“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.

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  1. Cynthia says:

    Mind blowing in its simplicity. I have never washed my face before bed. In my morning shower, I gently rub a clean cotton washcloth over my face for a minute or less. Only water and I don’t reuse the washcloth. After my shower, I spray my face with unscented witch hazel and then apply a moisturizer with sunscreen. That is it. I haven’t had a breakout in decades and I think I have fewer lines and wrinkles than most women my age.

    • Kathy says:

      I think the moisturizer with sunscreen is key to less lines and wrinkles. If you do it faithfully, over the long term you will have less sun damage.

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you to the Camille Styles team for getting this message out there! I struggled with adult acne my entire 20’s, and once complained to my husband about all the money I was spending on facials, products, etc. He remarked that every women he’s dated complained about the same thing, and that’s when I realized, I’ve NEVER heard an adult man complain about their skin. Guess how much my husband spends on skincare? $0. I swore off all skincare products and only use a little aloe if my skin feels dry. Literally have not had a single zit since. Now I view skincare products as a tax on women.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Amy — thank you so much for sharing your insight with us. Truly fascinating. You bring up SUCH a good point about never hearing adult men complaining about breakouts… sounds like Adina may really be on to something.

  3. Angela says:

    Agreed, it’s so common to overload our skin with products to “fix” it. When I finally listened to my skin and backed off on the harsh cleansers and products, it became softer, more even, less red and clear.

    Blush & Pearls by Angela

  4. Eme says:

    I love Adina Grigore and her book Skin cleanse! I also love how simple the ingredients to her S.W Basics line are. Thanks for spreading the message that when it comes to skincare less is most definitely the way to go.

  5. Oliv says:

    This is the most realistic blog post about skin care I have read in a long time. I have been struggling with my skin for a few years and never found anything that worked. However, recently I began to look at the people around me and the people with the best skin were those that wore little to no make up at all. That includes men and women. So, I’ve ditched the harsh chemicals, upped my water intake and only use a natural oil cleanser. I’m already seeing a difference after 3 weeks. I think it’s a shame I didn’t realise this sooner!

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