KISS is an acronym for the design principle articulated by Kelly Johnson, Keep it simple, Stupid!. Variations include “keep it short and simple”, “keep it simple sir”, “keep it simple or be stupid”, “keep it simple and straightforward” or “keep it simple and sincere.” The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex, therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
KISS – Keep it simple stupid – is key when it comes to externally treating your acne.
I read about so many people who are using tons of treatments on forums. I am sure you have seen these routines that are a page long and contain many different products.
When I see these routines it really does scare me because I know most of the people trying to get rid of there acne with all them products are only going to cause more problems down the road.
Just think about how many individual ingredients each product has, add in all of them and just think about how many chemicals your skin is absorbing each day from using so many products - a lot.
This is only going to cause your skin problems, even if at first it looks like things are improving, eventually things will revert back or get worse.
How Do I Know
I know this because around 3 years ago I had the long routine that consisted of over the counter and medicated acne treatments.
At first my skin did actually improve a lot, my acne was quickly healing and everything seemed to be going well, then one day a few breakouts appeared around my chin, and before you knew it I had cystic acne worse than ever.
My acne actually got so bad that I decided a radical change was needed. I thought long and hard about my next move until deciding the holistic, natural route was the one I was going to take.
Out With The Old…
The first thing I did when I decided to go the natural route was throw out my old acne treatments.
Some of the products included:
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Salicylic acid face wash
Before going out and buying new acne treatments I decided to do some research first to see what others had been using and getting success with. Some of the sites that where really helpful for this included Amazon, Make-Up Alley and High On Health.
After reading a lot of reviews on the websites listed above, I came to the decision that there where 4 main products I was going to buy.
These products are:
1. Manuka honey
2. Argan Oil
3. Green Clay
All 4 of these products had amazing reviews everywhere I looked, with very little negative reviews.
This Will Never Work
You have to remember here I was coming from a place where I was using products that contained a ton of ingredients and powerful chemicals.
But the good news is these 4 products, and those 4 products only, did make a difference. But before I tell you how much of a difference they made I want to first share how I used each one of them for the best results.
My New Skin Care Routine
Cleanse my face with Manuka honey. I would use the Manuka honey the same as I would any face wash, lightly rubbing it into my skin for around 30 seconds.
After I had cleansed my face and patted it dry with a clean towel I then would apply Argan oil onto my face.
To do this I would add a few drops of Argan Oil onto a cotton ball and rub all over my face evenly. This would then be left on my skin for the rest of the day as a moisturizer.
Wash my face again with Manuka honey exactly the same as in the morning.
At the end of every week I would use the Clarisonic Skin Care brush to exfoliate my skin. This helped to remove dead skin cells from my skin revealing newer, more fresher skin.
Every 2 weeks I would apply the green clay as a mask. To do this it was as easy as adding some water to the green clay until you achieved a custard like consistency.
Then I just evenly spread the green clay over my face, waited until the mask dried, then used lukewarm water to remove the mask, never hot as this can damage the skin.
There you have it, that is what my new skin care routine consisted of. A very basic routine.
After just a few weeks of using the the new routine my acne started to heal, acne breakouts where much less often, and the redness I had also started to clear.
I would say over-all my skin cleared around 60%-70% with the new routine. And at the time my acne was really cystic and inflamed, so to see it clear that much was a massive relief.
That took around 6 months, before it just kind of stalled. It was then I decided to change my diet which would eventually get me around 90% clear, but more on that at a later date.
KISS Routine Was Born
After having such great results I decided to give my routine a name. I called the routine the “KISS ROUTINE” which means, as many already know, KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.
I decided the name would be a great fit because I went from a routine that was very complex and used a lot of different products all the way to a very simple routine that used very little products.
If you like the kiss routine I would massively appreciate it if you could “like” or “tweet” the routine to share it with others. thanks.
3 Years Later
It was 3 years ago when I started using the kiss routine, and I still use it today. While I have tested other products, and will continue to test other products to help people make a educated decision on skin care products, my skin care routine still uses the 4 above products.
Because the products use very little and only natural ingredients there have been no side effects from them, unlike the over the counter and medicated treatments I was previously using.
Because of this it has allowed me to continue using them and they continue to give great results to this day.
What Is Your Skin Care Routine
Do you use a “kiss routine” or the “complex routine”?
I would be very interested in seeing what others are using and what results you are currently achieving.
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