The caveman regimen. You either love the idea or think it’s the grossest thing you’ve ever heard of.
The latter seems to be a popular reaction from women, as we have been collectively brainwashed since birth that mounds of products are a necessity for beauty.
Many men don’t use any products or make any kind of point to wash their face… and no one thinks it’s gross or that their skin looks like a hideous mess. In fact, most of the time it looks way better than ours.
So seriously – why do women have to use products and soaps and fancy-this-and-that in order to be beautiful??
But whatever you think is okay with me. I haven’t washed my face in more than two years and I’m never going back. My face looks great, I couldn’t be happier with how easy my (lack of) skin care routine is, and I’m not the only one – many others are incredibly happy about their success with it too, like this guy, and this gal.
I encourage you to read the second article from a gal named Kearby, who wrote on her website how much caveman principles have helped her with her acne.
Notice I said “priniciples”. She didn’t do what I would call a “puritanical” version of the caveman regimen, where you go for an initial thirty days without washing your face at all, no water on it, no touching your face, and absolutely no products on it.
She did what I would call a modified caveman regimen. And it still worked great for her.
I’m going to admit, the puritan’s caveman is really hard and totally out of the comfort zone of the vast majority. Many people who are interested in what the caveman regimen is about have hangups about this process, for one reason or another.
There is No ‘Perfect’ Way to Do the Caveman Regimen
Thing is, you don’t have to be “perfect” about the caveman. In fact, I don’t think there really is a “perfect” caveman. If you don’t do the puritan’s version, it doesn’t mean that it won’t work.
After all it’s just something somebody on the internet made up one day (which happens to work pretty well), but it’s not written in stone that if you don’t do it this exact way, then you’re doomed.
And just a reminder – you don’t HAVE to do anything even sort of caveman-y in order to clear your skin. Gentle natural skin care is super awesome too.
The big lessons with the caveman are not to do with rules and regulations, and whether you do it “perfectly”, or exactly like me.
The big lessons are that when it comes to skin care and your skin:
LESS IS MORE
The caveman is about letting your skin heal by reducing and eliminating irritation and allowing your skin to normalize away from the use of chemical filled products and face washes.
JUST LET GO
The caveman is also about focusing less on your skin, and less on “skin rules” that you have internalized over the years that you feel you have to adhere to out of fear. Such as that you have to wash your face twice a day to prevent acne, that sweat is bad for your skin, that if you don’t slather your face in acne cream every day you will never get clear. The caveman is the total opposite of everything like that.
The caveman is about letting go of these rules…. so why backpedal into making crazy rules up about the best and perfect way to do the caveman regimen?
So what I’m saying is that you have permission to use the above principle ‘less is more’, and apply it to you and your skin care routine in any way that feels right to you. Don’t worry about the rules!
Doing a Modified Caveman Regimen
So if you’re intrigued by the caveman regimen but the puritanical “30 Day No Water Caveman Regimen” just doesn’t sound like it’s going to work for you for whatever reason, you can take the caveman ‘Less is More’ spirit, and do a modified caveman regimen.
The most common modification people do is that they use water instead of no water. They don’t wash their face with anything or use products, except that instead of shunning water, every day, or every couple days, they rinse with water (in both the morning and evening, or just one or the other).
But that’s not all you could do. Here are some ideas of how to modify the caveman regimen so that it might fit better with you, your skin, and your lifestyle:
- You could not wash your face, but still use a spot treatment, dab of makeup to cover a blemish, or an oil or other skin care ingredient that you like just on your problem areas. And not wash it off, or just wash it off with water.
- You could do everything you normally would, but only wash and do a skin care routine once a day instead of twice a day. Or you could try not washing your face every day, but every 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day instead. Or only on days when you wear makeup.
- When you do wash your face, you could try simplifying your skin care routine right down to bare bones. Like maybe using an oil to wash your face with, which doubles as a moisturizer. One skin care product; that’s it.
- Any combination of these things
Remember folks. Less is more, and let it go. Don’t worry about the rules, just find out what feels right to you.
However if you still have questions about all this or need guidance… or you want to hear the experiences of others who are doing the Caveman, as well as want help overcoming the fears you may have of letting go of skin care…
Make sure you go check out my brand new guide which is available now: ‘Caveman Regimen, The Ultimate Guide‘.