The 3-Day Skin Cleanse That Transformed My Skin

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not a “cleanse person.” I’d never once considered the possibility of doing one, even when everyone around me was practically dousing themselves with green juice. While my co-workers and friends faithfully detoxed and flushed their system of toxins for days at a time, I preferred to loudly lament my high-carb diet and then go back to my exercise of choice: running (okay fine, padding) to and from my kitchen to refill my wineglass as I caught up on my extensive HBO Go queue. Whatever religion the cleanse cult was preaching, I never bought it.

Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I wasn’t exactly thrilled at myself for agreeing to go on a three-day skin cleanse for the sake of a story. Sure, a skin cleanse isn’t the same thing as an actual cleanse (I can still order sushi takeout, for one), but the thought of going three whole days with nothing on my face but things like turmeric oil didn’t exactly sound appealing (especially coming from someone who hasn’t left the house without tinted moisturizer on since eighth grade). But Adina Grigore, the lovely founder of natural skincare line S.W. Basics and author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin, reassured me that I was going to be just fine—better than fine, actually. She said my skin was going to glow. As a beauty editor, I hear this promise at least five times a day, so I was dubious. Nonetheless, I picked three days where I had the least amount of appointments in my calendar and proceeded to detox the hell out of my skin. The results were surprising, to say the least. Keep scrolling to read my experience!