Does your skin need an elimination diet?

Adina Grigore, founder of Sprout Wellness, might be the only beauty CEO who suggests giving up skin care to get better skin.

Elimination diet for skinIt’s an unexpected suggestion from the founder of a beauty company, but Adina Grigore suggests that women stop using skin-care products. Especially if they have unexplained skin-care sensitivities.

“Sometimes people don’t realize that all the things they’re doing to make their skin better are actually making it worse,” says Grigore, who studied nutrition and personal training before creating Sprout Skincare, a cool line of seven all-natural skin-care products that she makes by hand.

“Overusing products, washing the skin too often, and slathering the skin with chemically based ingredients can cause problems,” says Grigore, whose own sensitive, freak-out-prone skin was inspiration for Sprout. Hence the no-frills products, like a three-ingredient cleanser with organic tea tree oil that’s non-drying ($24) and a toner that zaps excess oil with raw apple cider vinegar, floating particles and all ($24).

Sprout SkincareWhile Grigore was in nutrition school, she experimented with simple formulas made from kitchen ingredients. After graduation, she led seminars on how to make the products. “But people wanted to buy them instead!” says Grigore, whose products top out at $32.

Ingredients are fastidiously sourced from small farms and the Union Square Green Market, or fair-trade cooperatives, like the unrefined shea butter from Togo that goes into Sprout Cream ($32), a best-seller.

adina founder of SproutGrigore also does some cosmetic counseling for those suffering over the state of their skin. Often, she suggests clients ditch products altogether—even cleanser—and wash with water alone to hone in on what’s actually causing the problem.

After that, she reintroduces products attuned to the confirmed sensitivities. (Even if they’re not hers.) Think elimination diet, but for your skin. —Larkin Clark

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Updated: Sept. 22, 2012

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