Skincare diet & natural oils in skincare

skincare diet

Many of us start a diet after winter. I know I’ve been there many, many times. I don’t really believe in diets though – if you are constantly on a diet you probably need a proper lifestyle change. But – yes there is a but – sometimes a short diet does you really good. And a diet isn’t always about your tummy or even about food. I’m talking of course about my most recent diet – Skincare Diet.

Skincare diet means to cut out all the excess products you’re using for your skin. You still need to wash your face with a cleanser, because your skin sweats and develops sebum and the idea of this diet is not to make the skin worse. You should skip lotions too, but if your skin gets dry try simple clean products such as natural oils. The proper time for this diet is 1-2 weeks, depending on your skin (you need to listen to it here, and see what it needs, you know).

What I did was leave out all my lotions, toners, masks, serums and exfoliators for a couple of weeks. I tried to take care of my skin with the most simple products with just a few pure ingredients. The products that I used were cleanser and natural oils. That’s it. It would have been good to not wear makeup at all, but I didn’t want to do that, so I had to use a makeup remover too on those days.
I used oil as a moisturizer in the evening and/or in the morning. Some evenings I skipped the oil completely, but living in Finland my skin gets so dry I have to moisturize with something.

diet for your skin

About my experience

For me, the skincare diet was worth a shot. If you’re a regular reader of mine you know I struggle with acne and over-skincare is definitely one of my sins. I love skincare products and I have a ton of them. I don’t always have a clean routine where I only use a few products, but I mix and match and sometimes that takes a toll on my skin too. I’ve never tried to not-take-care of my skin. I’ve always had a ton of products in use at the same time. Solution: taking a break from them. My skin was really sensitive at the moment too so I figured I could give it a break.

The diet helped my skin to calm down a bit and it helped with the dryness. It also taught me that I can survive on only moisturizing with oils! It also gave me a great chance to declutter my cosmetics and find out what products I was loving and what belonged in the trash. The most important thing I learned though was that my normal routine with cleanser, toner, lotion (=oils) and weekly exfoliator + mask is working for my skin. I just need the right products and I shouldn’t be changing them all the time.

It’s was also relieving mentally: the diet gave me a much needed break from my routines and after it I felt super excited to get back at my products. I also love that now my bathroom is only full of products that I’m using or that I’ve found really good.

But since it’s only a diet and not a skincare routine I recommend to follow, there were some cons too. My sebeceus filaments got worse during this time. As I said on this post, exfoliation is key to maintaining an even skin. I also feel like my ~2,5 week diet was a bit too much and a week or two would have done just fine. I felt that my skin was super oily and bumpy at the end of my diet and I couldn’t wait to properly wash it and do a good old purifying mask.

I can recommend the diet for anyone who is struggling with their skin like me. But I dare to say it’s not the solution for a clear skin. It can be benefitial for the skin to get a break and for you to see what products are really working and what it is your skin actually needs. If you’re using hundred different products, but feel like none of them are working or if your skin feels dry and irritated no matter what you do, maybe try this.
skincare diet with oils

3 x wonderful oil

These products are mainly Finnish brands so I chose similar organic products from amazon, *links are affiliatelinks

This diet also taught me a lesson on natural oils, which are the only thing I’m still using after getting back to my regular skincare routine. I have three in use: Jojoba oil, Argan oil and Shea butter. All of them suit my combination acne-prone skin fine and they don’t cause pimples or irritations.

Jojoba oil
Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil*
A great oil that I came up when I realized how much it’s being used in my favorite makeup products. I soon noticed it suits my skin perfectly! Jojoba oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties so it works for oily skin and acne – and all skin types. It moisturizes the skin containing vitamin A, B and E, but it also absorbs really quickly, which was surprising, because I’m used to the oily feeling after application. I can use this in the morning now too under my makeup.

Argan oil
PURA D’OR Organic Moroccan Argan Oil*
My go-to oil. This I recommend to anyone, to any skin type.  It’s not only a great moisturizer with fatty acids and vitamin E, but it also has anti-aging properties and it helps with acne and scarring.  This is the best oil for oily skin, since Argan oil balances the oil production and can help with acne scars.
For the record: My sister has a completely different skin type than me (dry skin) and her skin loves this too.
Shea butter
Sky Organics Organic Shea Butter*

The heaviest oil of them all. Shea butter is solid in the jar, but it melts from the warmth of your skin. I bought this when my skin was extremely dry begging for mercy. This helped, as I stated on my January Favorites post. This is super moisturizing (vitamin A and E) and thick so I recommend trying it for a smaller area first – especially if you have combination or oily skin. For my skin it works just fine, but it does leave a greasy feeling so I don’t use it every day. I focus on using this on dry patches or dry areas such as my forehead (hello wrinkles!). This is the best body moisturizer as well.

best oils for skincare

Have you tried a skincare diet? What’s your favorite skincare oil?


15 Replies to “Skincare diet & natural oils in skincare”

  1. Alice (@alicemaysnell) says: Reply

    This sounds like a great idea, it’s like a skin detox.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply


  2. I have never tried a skincare diet, thank you for your tips. I will try the Argan oil 🙂 xx Simone from Zurich

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Glad they were helpful! x

  3. Mihin ihonhoitodieetti perustuu? Onko jossain tutkittua tietoa sen toimivuudesta? Onko tarkoitus siis jättää iho hoitamatta, vai vain vähentää kemikaalikuormitusta? Entä auringolta suojautuminen, luulisi että ainakin uv-suojallista päivävoidetta kannattaa käyttää, eikä jättää ihoa täysin paljaaksi/suojattomaksi? Kosmetologina tiedät varmasti että iho uusiutuu noin 4 viikossa, joten kosteustatasapainon parantumista tuskin viikossa-kahdessa vielä havaitsee, tai näin sitä ainakin luulisi. Itse ainakin mielummin hoitaisin ihoani säännöllisesti hyväksi havaituin tuottein kuin yks kaks jättäisin hoitorutiinit tekemättä ja ihoni suojaamatta, ellei siihen ole perusteltua syytä.

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Ihan omaan kokeiluun, kuten postauksesta käy ilmi. 🙂 Tuntui, ettei silloinen rutiini toiminut ja käytössä oli liikaa tuotteita. Dieetti oli itelle hyvä ratkaisu, koska tuli samalla karsittua huonot/turhat tuotteet pois. Ihoa ei ole tarkoitus jättää hoitamatta, vaan hoitaa todella yksinkertaisesti (kuten postauksesta käy ilmi). Auringolta tulee aina suojautua – totta kai. Itse en tosin talvisin käytä aurinkosuojaa, ellen oleskele auringossa, enkä siis siksi huomioinut sitä osa-aluetta postauksessa. Olen tietoinen tuosta ihon uusiutumissyklistä, mutta väitän silti, että erinäisiä tuloksia voi havaita jo nopeammin. Suurin osahan kosmetiikasta muutenkin hoitaa ihan vain ihon ulointa kerrosta/”pintaa”, jota on mahdollista kuoria vaikka päivittäin.

      Mitä tulee viimeisimpään kommenttiisi, niin olen samaa mieltä: “Tärkeimpänä oppina kokeilusta jäi kuitenkin se, että se minun tavallinen rutiini, johon kuuluu puhdistus, kasvovesi, voide (=öljyt) ja viikottaiset kuorinnat ja naamiot toimii parhaiten. Kunhan vaan tuotteet ovat itselleni sopivat, enkä ole jatkuvasti muuttelemassa niitä.”

  4. I always start a diet after winter haha, and I always say I will start one every Monday, it’s so funny!! I haven’t heard of skincare diet before but it sounds great to use only oils and get the benefits, I love oils and I use them regularly mostly at night.


  5. I’ve never tried a skincare diet before but that sounds like a great way to get better skin.

    The Blushing Pink

  6. I have acne-prone skin and use a lot of harsh skincare products. This is such a good idea to give your skin a break so it can just b r e a t h e.

    Love Emily xxx

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Yep, exactly. 🙂

  7. This is such an interesting concept. I can totally see the benefit in this. Sometimes I think we add products to our routine and it’s hard to single out what is causing issues. – Amy

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Exactly 🙂 Thanks.

  8. I love the Skin Clarifier by Bobbi Brown but I haven’t managed to find the perfect oil yet…

  9. mä oon varmaan vuoden nyt käyttäny pelkkää öljyä kasvovoiteena 🙂 tykkään! aluksi kokeilin jojobaa, mutta jossain vaiheessa se alkoi tuntua liian kevyeltä mun kuivalle iholle. sitten siirryin arganöljyyn, joka on paljon parempi. kesäksi kyllä haluaisin löytää aurinkosuojallisen kasvovoiteen öljyn tilalle… tykkään kans mahdollisimman simppelistä ihonhoitorutiinista (ja simppeleistä tuotteista ilman tuoksuja ja värejä), mutta en kyllä uskaltais jättää kuorintaa pois pariksi viikoksi, ettei räjähdä kukkimaan. normaalisti teen yhtenä iltana putsaus+kasvovesi+kemiallinen kuorinta+retinoli+öljy. seuraavana päivänä annan ihon olla rauhassa ja teen vaan putsauksen+kasvovesi+öljy. näitä toistan vuoronperää 🙂 jos iho kuivuu tai ärtyy joskus, pidän sitten muutaman päivän taukoa kuorinnasta ja/tai retinolista.

    1. Charlotta Takkula says: Reply

      Öljyt on kyllä huippuja! Ootko kokeillut sun kuivalle iholle sheavoita? Kiva, että oot löytänyt sulle sopivan rutiinin. 🙂

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