` What happened when we stripped back our skincare routine
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What happened when we simplified our skin routine?
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As a self-confessed skin care addict, I find myself testing out numerous new products and unleashing an array of concoctions onto my poor face. And while experimenting is wonderful, mixing up my routine too often can actually make matters worse.

When your skin has been overloaded with products or the change in weather has sent it scowling, it’s helpful to pare back your regime to the two fundamental steps: cleansing and moisturising. Yup, totally back to basics. Think of this as the minimalist skin care routine.

The mixture of bitter weather and overuse of aggressive exfoliating acids had left my oily skin stripped of essential moisture and feeling a bit sorry for itself. Enough was enough. I fought my inner instincts to load up on a long list of creams and lotions and tried using just the bare minimum for a month. My weapons of choice? Cetaphil’s Oily Skin Cleanser and Moisturising Cream.

You’ve probably heard of Cetaphil – it’s highly recommended by dermatologists and their Gentle Skin Cleanser has achieved something of a cult skincare status in the US and Down Under. However, up until recently there was no option aimed at those of us with oily skin. You’ll be pleased to hear that their Oily Skin Cleanser does wonders for us slick-skinned ladies – it removes up to 60% of excess oil. It also removes every trace of make-up and grime from your skin, and thanks to the low-foaming soap-free formula, it won't dry your skin out and rob it of the oils and moisture our skin still needs. Your skin is left feeling mattified and comfortable.

I then followed it up with Cetaphil’s Moisturising Cream. It has a creamy consistency that soothes angry, inflamed skin in a heartbeat and sinks in quickly so you can follow up with make-up soon after. Don’t worry about the rich texture causing spots (it’s non-comedogenic) and it’s also fragrance free – a key factor if your skin is also sensitive or prone to redness. If your skin feels particularly raw, this repairs the skin’s barrier and hydrates your skin without clogging pores to restore your skin back to good health.

What’s more, you can also use the Moisturising Cream on your body too – which came in handy as I had an outbreak of eczema on my legs, but it soon soothed the itchiness. It also gave my limbs a well-deserved drink, replacing the hydration lost from the combo of cold weather and moisture-stripping central heating. Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose product?

So how did I get on? Initially, the thought of limiting my skincare routine to just two products was daunting. However, after one month my skin has made a full recovery. I have far fewer spots, dry patches have vanished and my skin is finally behaving. When it comes to skincare, sometimes back to basics is best.  


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