I’ll be honest: the thought of cutting my skincare routine down to just three products—compared to the half-dozen that I regularly use twice a day—freaked me. If nothing else, I could hope to buy some time. I also tend to overload my breakouts with targeted spot treatments filled with high concentrations of salicylic acid, so I was specifically looking for a routine that relies on gentle, effective ingredients to soothe the skin.
On the first day, I felt a hormonal rash occur and had to resist the urge to dip my chin in my usual spot treatment. “Excessive use of acne-drying ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and alcohol can absolutely make skin worse,” says Elyse Love, a board-certified dermatologist who practices At New York. “These ingredients are great for reducing skin oiliness and preventing breakouts, but excessive use can damage the skin barrier and trigger more breakouts, peeling skin, and dryness.”
Instead of fighting fire with fire, Dr. Love recommends focusing on soothing products like gentle cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. It turns out that the black willow bark extract in the Clear Nourishing Cleanser offers a gentle and soothing alternative to salicylic acid. According to Corey L. Hartman, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama, “Willow Bark Extract gently exfoliates and improves the signs of aging while leaving skin feeling more hydrated than acid. salicylic. It can be used daily without risk of irritation or drying out, largely because it contains high concentrations of tannins, flavonoids and other anti-inflammatory ingredients. And while most face washes rely on harsh surfactants like sulfates that build a nice lather, this one, well, is not it.
Also, normally I prefer a thicker lather, but thanks to the combination of green tea, aloe vera and lavender oil, the formula doesn’t dry out my skin like most face washes can. sulphate base. Instead of making him feel tight, thirsty and stripped down, it soothed and balanced him. (The natural woody scent is a refreshing bonus.)
On the Chebula Active Serum, which replaced my usual tonic-essence-mist-serum combination for a month. Its titular ingredient, Chebula, is a powerful topical antioxidant. In fact, it’s known as a “cascading antioxidant”, which means it won’t falter when it helps fight a free radical: instead, Chebula continually transforms into new forms for a coherent defense against the perpetrators of skin aging. It’s also been clinically proven to fight five signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, dryness and rough texture, dullness, and lack of elasticity and firmness.