As a kind of follow-up to my last post “What you finally need to understand about your skin,” I thought it’d be helpful to share my own personal skin care routine and recommendations.
Continuing my current obsession with Lush, I recently started to frequent the /r/LushCosmetics subreddit on reddit. However, I was mildly shocked to find that countless users sought solutions for their skin care issues in Lush face products.
Now, as much as I adore Lush, I would absolutely not recommend switching to an all-Lush routine for the face: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, essential oils, abrasive scrubs, tons of perfume… what might work on the body and hair will inevitably leave persistent damage on the generally more sensitive and delicate skin of our face.
Unfortunately, brand loyalty or strong inclinations to “natural” beauty often leave followers deaf to arguments based on scientific research. Instead, users reinforce each others’ beliefs through anecdotal evidence and stories.
It’s a free world, though, and I will not condemn anyone for their beliefs, and I don’t plan to convert anyone. Science doesn’t know it all either. But browsing through the forums has shown me that the majority of people still understands very little about skin and how it works. While I don’t claim to be a studied expert on this either, I do find it important to explain the basics again once and for all. Because most of our skin’s issue really boil down to just one simple thing.
Contents of this post:
- The skin’s acidic lipid barrier
- How to tell your acidic lipid barrier is compromised
- What weakens the skin’s lipid barrier?
- How to restore a damaged lipid barrier?
This year, I made clear skin my goal. I was tired of breaking out all the time. I thought to myself that with thirty, surely there must be an end to it at some point! So I set out to finally find it.
Fast forward to now, my skin’s the best it’s ever been since before puberty! I almost can’t believe it myself. It’s remarkably clear and almost never breaks out any more. The last few zits I had were in sync with critical points of my menstrual cycle. But even those were quickly subdued within days. In short, I finally have my skin all under control, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy with it than I am now.
Here’s my skin care routine.
Only five years ago, my wardrobe filled our entire guestroom from floor to ceiling. Now, it fits into a small corner of our bedroom. I have never been happier about it.
It has become really hot here in Berlin, and there’s no denying any more: it’s summer!
Before you run off into the sun to get ice cream, or chill at the beach, let’s talk proper sun protection real quick, though.
When evian was the first to sell mineral water as fancy Mineral Water Spray, it seemed like one of the most uppity and unnecessary ideas ever. Water? In a spray bottle? For 3 € per 50 ml!? With the usual skepticism of a German towards anything newish I righteously scoffed at what I perceived as a scam.
Turns out, it’s actually a great thing to have.