I felt like a rebel last night. After I had cleansed my face then applied my BHA, I didn’t moisturize. I didn’t feel like I needed to. When I stepped out of the shower my skin did not feel dry or tight, and after I applied the BHA it felt as though it had been moisturized already. So it got me thinking, do we really need to moisturize our skin? Or is that just something the cosmetics industry tells us that we need to do?
I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago about not moisturizing my T-Zone, so I guess I’m now just taking it one step further. I had such good results with not moisturizing my T-Zone that I thought …why not just skip that whole step altogether. I’m still moisturizing my face in the morning, but not at night.
I’m leaving tonight for a trip to the U.S for two weeks, spending most of my time in Las Vegas and Sedona. I’m wondering if the dry hot air will send me back to moisturizing at night? So is this just a humidity thing or if we’re eating well, exercising, taking supplements and looking after our body, then perhaps our skin just balances out to ‘normal’ – as in not oily and not dry and we no longer need to moisturize?
Dr. Hauschka’s say on all of this
I remember reading a while back on Dr. Hauschka’s website that we actually shouldn’t moisturize our skin at night at all. I thought this was a load of bollocks at the time because I had quite dry skin …but now I’m wondering if there’s some truth to it.
This is some text from the Dr. Hauschka’s website:
While you sleep your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities. Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Covering the skin with moisturizer 24 hours a day sends a signal to sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin that becomes dependent on moisturizing products just to appear “normal.”
One question Dr. Hauschka – for those of us with acne brought on by an overproduction of oil from our sebaceous glands, wouldn’t it mean that using a moisturizer is a good thing because it reduces the oil production?
I don’t know if this is really true, but I have noticed a difference with the skin on my legs. Since I started moisturizing my legs after every time I shave or wax them, the skin on my legs has become dryer and dryer. Now my legs seem to be one of the first places that I get dry skin. I feel as though this wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t moisturize them so much to begin with.
Dr. Hauschka recommends using a toner at night instead of a moisturizer. The toner is a water based product that contains healing oils which are supposed to balance out oil production. I’m considering trying this range next (I’m gagging to start using natural products again), but I’ve always detested using toners …so I wonder what will make this one any different.
I jumped onto Google and did a quick search for “Do we need to moisturize” but was so bombarded with sites trying to sell their moisturizing products that I gave up. To be honest, I really think that we need to work with our own individual skin and do what it asks for anyway. We also weren’t born with a moisture deficiency so it’s not like I’m going to die from not moisturizing. As long as I don’t get old looking skin or a breakout, I’m happy.
For now, I’m quite content working with my skin and giving it what it wants, when it wants. If it feels dry then I’ll moisturize, if it doesn’t, then I won’t.
If you have any experience with not using a moisturizer, let me know, I’d love to hear from you. Maybe we can start a no-moisturizing club or something (kidding )