In this 5 part series, I want to get into more details of a 5 step skin care routine, which includes cleansing, exfoliation, toning, moisturizing, and sun protection.
Cleansing is the first step in this routine. It’s a very important step, but sometimes we overdo it. Our skin has the capability to cleanse itself, however, since we use so many products now-a-days, our skin needs a little help to remove all those pore-clogging substances in our products. This doesn’t mean that we need to scrub our face raw. We must eliminate dirt and toxins without over cleansing, which may cause skin irritations.
We should always cleanse our face twice a day, morning and night. The morning cleanse is easy, a mild cleanser should do the trick. In the evening, a double cleanse will help make sure all the dirt and toxins of the day are washed away. For your first cleanse, you should use an oil-based cleanser. The higher the content of oil, the better the cleanse. The oil in the cleanser will help remove make up, sebum, sweat, bacteria, and any residue from moisturizers and sunscreens. Gently massage the cleansing oil to dissolve any make up and dirt. Natural oil based cleansers will not clog pores because the oils contained in them mimic your skins natural sebum.
During the second cleanse, I like to use a natural bar soap, but you can also use a foaming or liquid cleanser if you prefer. Make sure to thoroughly wash off all the oil, make up, and dirt from your skin during this cleanse, especially around your nose. And don’t forget your chin and neck.
Once you get into the routine of a double cleanse, you will start to notice a difference in your skin. Blackheads and whiteheads will begin to disappear.
Let me know how this works for you and check in next time for Step Two – Exfoliation.