The Skin Regime: Part 1

Anyone who knows me knows that I have ‘problem’ skin. Since adolescence, I’ve battled general acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation and mild sensitivity. Sometimes I hit with this skin, sometimes I miss. I’ve used the simplest ingredients and the most complicated. And because skin is ‘adaptive’ – eventually I end up switching my routine… yet again.

Dana Ramos believes that she can change that.

Ramos is the author of ‘The Skin Regime: Bootcamp for Beautiful Skin.’ Like me, she’s battled all manner of skin issues… some even more severe than mine (she’s also had to deal with melasma). That picture of Ramos is her skin… untouched… no foundation… just a bit of lipgloss, blush and mascara. Like… REALLY.

So I cracked open her book in hopes of learning her secret.

Turns out, it’s no secret. Ramos believes firmly in K.I.S.S (KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY) when it comes to skin care. You need a cleanser, a moisturizer, and some sunscreen. That’s it. She suggests several brands (with simple cleansing ingredients) to start the bootcamp. They’re so simple, in fact, that they may cause you to pause.

Here are her recommendations:

Soap: Dove or Cetaphil
Exfoliation: Clean Washcloth
Degreaser: Rubbing Alcohol
Moisturizer: Lubriderm

I don’t necessarily disagree with her recommendations… but since I know my skin better than anyone, I altered the list to fit my needs. So I did this:

Soap: Habibi Oatmeal & Peppermint Bar
Exfoliation: Clarisonic
Degreaser: Witch Hazel
Moisturizer: Habibi Oatmeal & Peppermint Moisturizer

Now, the secret to this regime is not in this list… it’s in the peel. Yes… there is a peel that’s designed to get rid of all of your dead skin cells, and reveal newer skin. The list is to ‘keep’ that new skin healthy and beautiful as it is revealed. Very simple. And not really a secret. And THAT is Ramos’ point. She believes we spend so much time, effort, and money on so-called ‘miracle’ formulas that contain some rare plant that can only  be harvested under a full moon once a year… that we lose sight of the simple act of ‘caring’ for our skin. It’s no miracle. It’s just common sense.

So I prepped my skin for 2 weeks (recommended) and weaned myself off of all other products. Then I got ready for my peel. I cleaned my skin… lightly exfoliated… applied the ‘degreaser’… and applied the peel.

I left the peel on for 5 minutes (mild tingling… nothing serious), and washed it off, applied moisturizer and went to sleep.

Woke up the next morning…


I’ll explain… with pictures… in Part 2!

8 Replies to “The Skin Regime: Part 1”

  1. I think she has a good point about keeping it simple. Wouldn't straight-up rubbing alcohol be bad for skin though? Maybe not if it's working for her, but I'd be afraid to try it!

  2. I don't know that it would be BAD for your skin, considering the fact that we put straight rubbing alcohol on open cuts, scrapes and even wounds. That skin is a lot more sensitive. So it stands to reason that rubbing alcohol on regular skin is likely not as atrocious as we have been led to believe. I did use Witch Hazel (because my skin likes it) instead. But look at Dana's skin. She uses rubbing alcohol, and she looks amazing.

  3. Yes, the rubbing alcohol made me bulge my eyes, too, but consider all of the beauty myths we've been bombarded with our entire lives. Lots of beauty products have alcohol in them. I love the idea of keeping it simple. I just don't understand when to apply the serums or potions or whatever is being recommended as the must have product. My current routine is 5 steps due to a retinol antioxidant serum, but I seriously haven't seen a reduction of my fine lines. I'm excited to see your final progress, Shahada.

  4. I will definitely keep you guys posted when I start the Regime (in about 2 weeks). I used to do an insane amount of layering… and it really ended up clogging my pores. Simplifying my skin care routine has made all the difference in the world.

  5. It would be a toner that had alcohol in it… to get rid of any excess oil. Before the peel, you can't have any oils on your face. So the 'degreaser' gets rid of anything that cleanser might have left behind.

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