For most of us, one of the first things we do when we wake up in the morning is to grab our favourite face wash.
Mine is the Green Tea Foam Cleanser from Innisfree. I’m gonna go as far as declaring it a sacred cleansing ritual I can’t do without.
To go without washing my face for seven mornings in a row? Blasphemy.
That’s exactly what this lady, Melissa Goh did though, and hold on, maybe her results make this experiment worth trying:
Remember When We Were Young And Didn’t Need Many Facial Products?
Prior to her experiment, she relied on tons of products ranging from face cleansers to serums and masks.
But one day, after finding articles online about the benefits of not washing your face, she decided to try it out for herself.
P.s. She has combination skin, so she tends to get oily on the T-zone.
Melissa only washed her face with water and liked how quickly she took to. She also didn’t apply any other products to her face afterwards.
She felt her face “started tightening up” and it was “like a prune from being too dry.” Her face then became extra oily in the middle of the day.
Still, she held on.
She was able to sleep in for an extra 10 minutes. She also applied a small amount of aloe vera gel on her face to combat the drying.
She noticed that her face produced less sebum.
Day 3 & 4
She’s pretty used to her skin regiment by now. That said, her chin and nose felt rather dry and soon after, the mother of all evil happened: a pimple broke out.
Luckily, the pimple cleared up pretty quick and was gone by the end of the day.
Day 5 & 6
No more oil bumps.
Previously, she thought that going for facial treatments would resolve this problem. Now, she realises that all she has to do is go seven mornings without washing her face. Saves money and time, doesn’t it?
She has since sworn off facial treatments.
On Day 6, her face “looked brighter” and concluded that her skin probably balanced itself out by not secreting excess oil.
On the last day of her experiment, she became sweaty from vacuuming the floor and almost broke her 1-week pact to not wash her face with soap. She managed to fight off the face washing beast lying dormant inside of her and skipped the cleanser.
To her pleasant surprise, her face wasn’t overly oily throughout the rest of the day even with makeup on.
Her complexion “has never been better” after the experiment and she’s going to continue that habit forever.
For those who wish to try this at home, Melissa recommends sticking it out until the fifth day, which was when she began to see vast improvements in her skin.
In other words, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Her sebum levels on her face have balanced out. But the best thing she got from her experiment? Melissa’s makeup now looks almost matte as her face is now less oily and her pores are smaller.
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