Ever heard of the caveman regimen?

I recently learned about the caveman regimen.  It was something I did (unintentionally) for years and years.  Because, I had no idea what to use on my skin, how to use anything, or why I should.  Actually I did use bar soap (occasionally) to scrub my face and occasionally tried various body lotions in an effort to soothe my irritated appearance.  But everything bothered my skin so mostly I stuck with splashing water on my face and hoping some glowing miracle would happen. 

Anyway...back to the caveman regimen...

You wondering what it is?

Essentially it's a theory that back whenever long-ago people didn't use anything on their faces, so we shouldn't either.  Some people don't even use any water on their face.  Like this means absolutely nothing goes on your face. EEPS!

Does this make you think - yuck - that sounds pretty unhygienic (didn't mom always teach us to wash our face before bed?).  Seems like doing nothing would promote bacterial growth, exacerbating acne and tired looking skin.

The theory...

Well, some people think the opposite.  The thought is that when you stop stripping the skin of it's acid mantel (which happens with soap, foamy washes, too much exfoliation, and upsetting the pH balance) the skin is able to repair itself naturally.  Constantly breaking down the acid mantel (which I discourage) leaves skin vulnerable to irritation and bacteria...well, hi, acne and premature aging.

So basically when you stop using anything on your face it encourages the acid mantel back into perfect balance translating to a beautifully clear glow (and that is the basis of the caveman regimen).

While some people report amazing results from doing this, over time it seems to actually exacerbate skin conditions, causing drabness, oil, and breakouts.  This, my friend, was my problem with the no-nothing approach for all those years I was spinning my wheels.  My skin struggled.

Some thoughts:

  • Implementing a no product approach temporarily (perhaps a week or so) may be beneficial in giving skin a break from being over stripped.  
  • Doing it for the long-run will likely exacerbate issues since we don't live in caves anymore and our skin is constantly exposed to toxins in this world.
  • It's most beneficial for our skin to use products made with purely natural ingredients that support skin health as opposed to imitating the skin's functions.

So, a big NO to long-term caveman and a big YES to skinmalism!  Use less products with pure ingredients.

If you've struggled with skin conditions, it can be especially tough to accept the fact that our skin really doesn't need much to be happy.  Just the right things.

 A Modern Caveman Ritual:

  1. Oil cleanse with a blend that is deeply detoxing.
  2. pH balance with hydrosol-based toner.
  3. Use a moisturizer made with clean ingredients.
  4. And give your skin a boost with a simple face massage.

That's really it!  It's amazingly simple to keep our skin bright and glowing from the outside.  If you battle with issues that seem to just not clear up, it's important to remember that topical treatment is only one part of the puzzle.  Our skin is a complex organ requiring support from the inside as well. 

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Hanna is a mom of busy children, is completing her Diploma is Organic Skincare Formulation and is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Hanna's love of natural skincare began with her own journey of struggle and angst with skin issues. Finally, after finding no solutions she rolled up her sleeves and spent half a decade researching ingredients and formulas until....finally...something actually worked. Most of her time is spend trying to keep up with the kids, folding something like 99 loads of laundry a day, and making sure nobody starves (they seem to do that 30 minutes after meal time). But when she's got a spare minute she loves helping other women achieve radiance, naturally!


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September 08, 2021 — Hanna Hendrickson

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