When was the last time you did a skincare diet?

What's your first reaction when you get a breakout? Chances are, you quickly respond by applying various treatments and zit zappers to nix those troublemakers. But did you know that piling on products can actually aggravate the situation?

Truth is, overzealous skincare application can also contribute to pore clogging and irritation, which in turn lead to even more skin issues. If you've tried applying everything you can think of and nothing seems to be working, then it may be time for you to go on a skincare diet! The skincare diet is a regimen that cuts down the number of products you use on your face, without scrimping on your skin care. It’s quality over quantity!

Cleansing is the most important step in this diet. A gentle cleanser like the Manuka Health Manuka Honey Smooth & Clean Skin Gentle Cream Cleanser can remove the dirt from your face without stripping skin of its natural oils. I realized how drying other cleansers really are when I started using this, and it makes my skin feel smoother, too.

Toners should do two things: restore the proper pH level of the skin, and remove any remaining dirt or oil after washing. Some toners are also hydrating like the Manuka Health Manuka Honey Balancing & Hydrating Gentle Facial Toner. I didn’t like it at first because of the strong witch hazel scent, but when used together with the cleanser, my skin felt so clean without any dryness or tightness.

Use heavy, cream-based moisturizers if you have dry skin, or a light water or gel-based moisturizer if you have oily skin. As someone who has combination skin, the Mamonde Rose Water Soothing Gel is my current favorite. It has a light, non-sticky formula that you can choose to apply extra generously for a sleeping pack effect! The strong rosy scent also wakes me up, and makes me feel oh-so-wonderful and energized.


Once or twice a week, exfoliate and treat yourself to some extra hydration with a face mask. Cleansers aren't enough to remove the layer of dead skin cells that build up on the top layer of your skin, so using an exfoliant has a two-fold effect of giving you a brighter complexion and allowing your skincare to penetrate through skin layers. Follow up this step with a mask to make your skin plumper and healthier.

The ManukaClear Mask For Extra Dry and Aggravated Skin is a good pick, because it literally feels like slathering honey all over your skin. While rinsing, I accidentally got some of the product in my mouth. It even tastes of Manuka honey, and not of chemicals as I expected. My skin feels more supple after application, and you’ll feel the immediate effects until the next day or two.

So, that’s all you need for your skin care diet! We highly recommend it if your skin has been problematic lately. Is it something you're willing to try?

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