On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing my very simple skincare routine, including why I don’t wash my face.
Today’s viewer question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 015.
Here’s today’s viewer question:
@Carlos_Ferreyro on Snapchat asks: What’s up Brad? Man, I love you guys! You’re so inspiring. Similar to you, I live in a hot place south of Mexico, but I struggle with my skincare. Do you use any skincare products? Do you have any suggestions? Can you share your skincare routine?
First of all, thank you for the love, and of course, we love you too.
When it comes to my skin, I personally don’t have an extensive skincare routine.
Here’s my very simple skincare routine.
The main aspect of my skincare routine is moisturizing.
That counts, right?
Here’s the one controversial thing I don’t do with my skincare routine: I never wash my face with soap.
Keep reading to learn why.
However, I do wash my body with this clean organic, and healthy body wash soap from Dr. Bronner’s.
I know I’ve talked about it before, but if you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my video post on why you should avoid specific chemical ingredients in your skincare products.
Many of the best selling skincare brands contain xenoestrogens, which are nasty estrogen mimicking chemicals.
Remember, your skin is the biggest organ in your body.
Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients you’re putting on your skin, since they can leech and absorb into your body.
Living Lean is not just about being aware of the foods you’re putting in your mouth, it’s also important to be aware of the ingredients you’re putting on your skin.
Since I use body wash pretty much everyday, I make sure to use a brand with healthy ingredients.
Here’s why I don’t wash my face with soap.
When I was growing up as a kid, I didn’t have very clear skin.
I actually had pretty bad acne.
Although my acne wasn’t extremely severe, it really hit me hard as a kid, as I was very self-conscious about it.
This was one of the reasons why I had lower self-confidence as a kid.
To get rid of my acne I tried all the recommended conventional skincare products.
For example, I used benzoyl peroxide astringents and acne cleansing soaps on my face.
Unfortunately, these acne products just made me feel worse by making my skin uncomfortably dry, flakey, and tight.
Based on these failed attempts, I decided it was time to try and test something new, so I decided to stop washing my face.
Once I stopped, my face wasn’t dried out anymore, and my acne began to clear up.
Of course, your results may be different than mine, as it depends on your skin type.
For example, your skin may be more oily or less oily than mine.
However, not washing my face with soap worked for me, so feel free to test it out for 30 days.
To be 100% transparent, ever since I decided to get my diet in check, my skin totally cleared up.
Other than using moisturizer, I didn’t wash my face or use any special skincare products to clear up my acne.
Once I changed my diet, my skin began to clear up, and I never had bad acne breakouts again.
To this day, I still don’t wash my face with soap.
I currently only use this healthy hand and body moisturizer from Dr. Bronner’s.
I always use a moisturizer after I get out of the shower, because my face always feels dry from the water.
Although I rarely use shaving cream anymore, when I do use it, I look for an all natural shaving cream with organic ingredients.
Jessica mentioned she knows some guys who have a medicine cabinet full of men’s skincare face products.
I really don’t have anything like that.
Basically all I do for my skincare routine is moisturize everyday.
I guess you could say I’m a pretty low maintenance dude, who likes to keep it clean, natural, and simple.
When it comes to fixing acne and skincare issues, I recommend you also focus your time, effort, and budget on cleaning up your diet.
For example, if you are drinking or eating a lot of dairy, grains, and processed sugar, try limiting or removing them from your diet, to test and see if it helps improve your skin.
But don’t just remove them for one day, and then come to the conclusion that dairy was not the problem because it didn’t instantly clear up your skin.
Try removing dairy, grains, and processed sugar for 30 days, and then see what happens to your skin.
Go strict in the beginning, and then if you need it, slowly add in a few cheat meals to see if it negatively affects your skin.
We don’t know your age, but if you are younger, as you mature and get older, your skin tends to clear up.
I had acne up to my mid-twenties and Jessica had acne throughout her entire twenties.
I was around 24 years old when I kickstarted my health journey.
After that, all my acne started to clear up.
Jessica started getting healthy around 22 or 23, but she still had acne all the way up until she was 29.
Acne is not always diet related, especially for females, since they tend to use makeup on their face, which may make it worse.
However, Jessica still wears makeup now, but she doesn’t have acne anymore.
Sometimes acne can just be an age-related hormonal issue, including later in life when your estrogen levels go up and down.
Skincare can be complicated, so try testing what works best for your skin type.
Although we’re not skin care experts, hopefully these simple skincare tips helped.
Fortunately for most young people, your skin can clear up naturally over time.
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