Your daily checklist through this simple but vital task for a glowing and healthy skin
Considered as a chore by many, cleansing and washing your face is probably the most important part of your skin care routine if you are serious about preventing breakouts or signs of aging and to ensure you have healthy skin for years to come.
With all the residues of make-up, sweat, oil naturally produced by the skin, traces of moisturizer, smoke and environmental pollution, can you afford not to cleanse your skin on a regular basis? The main scope of cleansing is to unclog the pores from dirt and impurities as well as to exfoliate the skin to remove dead and worn skin cells.
Using the correct massaging technique stimulates the blood circulation, bringing in more oxygen and nutrients to the skin helping in regeneration and rejuvenation of skin care cells while taking away toxins through the lymph channels.
Cultivate the habit of washing your face in a methodical fashion so that all areas of your face would receive the same care and attention. Start with your forehead, moving downwards towards the nose, outwards towards the cheeks and moving down the face towards the jawline and neck.
- Expose the area to be cleansed properly, taking care of the sides of the face and the hairline and jaw
Before applying any water to the skin, it is important to expose the area properly, pulling back your hair, keeping it in a net or a bun or even held backwards using a hairband not to get in the way or covering areas of the skin that need to be cleansed properly.
- Remove any make-up prior to washing the face
Make-up, especially if left overnight may clog pores and may lead to breakouts. Using a delicate make-up remover for the areas around the eyes to avoid irritation. Using natural and organic products avoid harsh chemicals on the skin hence protecting and preserving the skin’s health and appearance
- Wash your hands properly before washing your face
Hands tend to harbour a lot of germs and applying them directly to your face without washing them properly might transfer diseases and cause blackheads or acne. Furthermore, hands could be dirty and could clog the pores even further.
- Rinse face with copious amounts of warm water
The temperature of the water is important as cold water would not help to loosen dirt inside the pores. Furthermore, hot water could cause capillaries to burst and cause skin redness. Warm water gently dissolves away the dirt and makes it easier to cleanse the face more effectively.
- Apply an exfoliating neutral cleanser or soap
Apply a pea-sized amount of cleanser to your fingertips and rub them together to get a thin but even layer of cleanser all over them. Massage the soap onto the face using gentle circular movements for between 30 seconds and 1 minute. Using a cleanser with exfoliating beads helps remove the dead skin cells renewing your bright glowing complexion. Avoid using bars of soaps as they tend to dry out the skin.
A normal cleanser could also be used in conjunction with a muslin face cloth or a face scrubber to still get the exfoliating effect. Exfoliating once or twice a week is normally sufficient. Scrubbing too hard will irritate the skin and encourage wrinkles. Never use the same face cloth or scrubber twice as you might be introducing bacteria or dirt to your face which you are trying to remove!
- Rinse the soap away well using plenty of water
Chemically, molecule of soap normally surrounds the particle of dirt producing soapsuds which need to be completely rinsed off for the face to be clean. Furthermore, leaving soap residues will clog the pores, dry out the skin and change the skin’s pH, in other words the skin’s natural acidic or alkaline balance.
Splash your face repeatedly with warm water and pay particular attention to the hairline and jawline and neck which are easy places to miss. If it is difficult to rinse everything off using your hands so it is best to use a soft cloth rinsed in plenty of water to remove the soapsuds off in a gentle circular manner and then rinse again. This practice will also help to gently exfoliate further helping the renewal of skin cells.
Finish rinsing by splashing cold water on your face using your hands to close the pores and prevent new dirt from entering the skin pores as much as possible. Some even suggest gently dabbing the skin with an ice cube to close the pores even further preventing dirt from getting inside the pores.
- Pat your face dry using a clean soft towel to avoid fine lines and wrinkles
To aid the skin dry quicker, gently dab your face with a soft cloth avoiding rubbing or pulling at your skin. This light patting movement will help absorb the excess water that remains on the skin instead of removing the moisture that lies within the skin.
Try to keep a towel just for your face, refraining from using the same one that you dry the rest of your body with to avoid any bacteria or dirt from getting in contact with your face.
Moisture inside the skin should be preserved as much as possible to avoid those fine lines and wrinkles that tend to appear more in aging skin.
- Apply an anti-aging serum to nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals it needs to prevent or slow down aging
Once the skin is clean and exfoliated, it is in the best condition to be nourished. Vitamin C topically applied to the skin has many benefits including stimulating the natural production inside the skin and is also a potent anti-oxidant. Several anti-oxidants exist that help prevent aging and fight against free radicals that arise from the effect of UV rays from the sun or environmental pollution including cigarette smoke. Hence, applying a serum will not only protect the skin but also keeps away the signs of aging for longer
- For dry skin, apply a moisturizer to enhance the skin’s hydration and maintain a firm plump younger-looking skin
Even if you have oily skin, it is still advisable to apply moisturizer but you could opt for a non-oily one in this case. In any case, moisturizers containing Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Oil naturally keep the skin’s moisture since they are hydrophilic (water-loving molecules). One molecule of Hyaluronic Acid for instance is able to retain 10 molecules of water inside the skin.
If you are going outside in the sun, it is also advisable to choose a moisturizer with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15 for darker skin-types or 30 for lighter-skin types.
- Protect Your Skin with a natural and organic alcohol-free Toner using cotton swab
Once the skin is cleansed, dried and nourished with a serum, it is a good idea to tighten and tone your skin using a skin toner. This allows the pores to remain tight and prevents dirt and impurities from entering the skin. Furthermore, for oily-skin types, it also helps to regulate and limit the oil formation on the skin.
This step could be omitted if the Anti-Aging serum you use contains ingredients such as Witch Hazel that help tighten the skin pores a part from having an anti-microbial effect on the skin.
Lastly, a word of advice: Whilst it is necessary to keep your Skin clean do not overdo it! Washing the skin too frequently would remove the natural skin oils and would stimulate over-production of oil which would lead to oily skin!
By Kleem Organics
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