One of the greatest causes of acne, rosacea, & premature aging is incorrect facial cleansing. In this article we share how to cleanse your face properly.
Cleansing is one of the most important components of your skincare regime, and if you're serious about looking after your skin you'll want to know -
- what does cleansing do for your face
- most common mistakes with face cleansing
- what is the acid mantle
- the problem with most cleansers
- the best cleanser for face (regardless of whether you have dry, oily or combination skin)
- how to use facial cleanser
- when to cleanse your face
- what this cleansing routine for face will do for you
Yes, it's true. The way you cleanse your face and skin could be damaging your skin, aging you more rapidly than necessary, and even contributing to problems such as rosacea, acne, flaky skin, wrinkle and even skin pigmentation.
In fact, the way you cleanse your skin and the cleansers you use could well be the missing link that stands between the skin you have now – and the skin you dream of.
What does cleansing do for your face?
Cleansing is perhaps the most important and most misunderstood element in skin care today. Especially with our modern day environment where we’re bombarded with urban pollution and EMFs from our phones, TVs and computers on a daily basis.
Facial cleansing is needed to
- Get rid of makeup
- Smooth the skin
- Remove dead cells from the skin
- Unblock pores
- Balance the pH of the skin
And when we do it well, cleansing allows products and nutrients to penetrate the skin more readily, so you get more effective skincare.
Good cleansing also provides a smooth base if we wear makeup and foundation, so our foundation sits well.
Most common mistakes with face cleansing
In general, the biggest and most common mistakes we make with cleansing is to over-cleanse, and use products which strip our natural oils. Especially if we have been prone to acne as teens, or are challenged with it now.
Let’s face it, many of us with acne have been called dirty or unclean at some point. Those labels and being teased hurts. It stays with us for many years, and in many cases we respond by a tendency to over-cleanse.
So then we have this obsessive need to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse – which often stays with us for life. This over-cleansing strips our acid mantle, robbing our skin of the essential and natural oils that it needs to stay protected and healthy.
What is acid mantle?
Our body has all sorts of defense mechanisms against bacteria and invasion to stop our bodies falling apart. I know that might sound ridiculous but our skin is actually this incredible elastic thing that allows us to move around the world.
Think about a tree. A tree has its bark. It couldn’t move or its bark would fall off because it isn’t elastic.
The skin is our largest organ as well, and what protects it and keeps water proof and elastic is the acid mantle.
The acid mantle is an electric charge that surrounds our body that does all those things. And it comes from our sebaceous glands and our sweat glands.
So, in simple terms the oil and water on our skin combines together and keeps it strong.
Have you noticed what happens when your skin gets dehydrated, like with eczema? The skin cracks, and gets incredibly sore and painful. That’s what happens when the oil and moisture in your skin isn’t balanced.
When it gets too oily you get things like acne. The balance is off, and you’ll get bacteria and things growing that wouldn’t normally grow if your skin was balanced.
But, if you get it right, and maintain the right pH which is the electrical charge around your body – it makes a whole lot of things work better.
And it’s really great for anti-aging.
The problem with most cleansers
The problem with a lot of cleansers such as soaps and foaming cleansers is that they’re very alkaline, and they strip the oils from our skin that our skin actually needs.
Some are good, some not so good, and some downright terrible.
As an example – soap will be a pH level of about 10, whereas our body should be a pH of about 6.
And because the difference in pH is a logarithmic scale, from an electrical charge point of view – that’s about a million times out of whack.
So please, if you do use soap – only use it on your groin area and your under-arms.
Don’t let it get near your face because it totally disrupts the pH of your skin – which makes your oil glands go crazy overactive trying to fix it, and using up a whole lot of energy.
What is the best cleanser for face?
You may be surprised to hear that the best cleanser for the face is a natural cleanser that you can make at home very affordably.
And it doesn't matter whether you're looking for the best cleanser for combination skin, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, acne or even rosacea. This cleanser is simply the best cleanser for the face.
It's true. I’ve been making leading edge skin products for 40 years, and won 28 international awards for my skin care – but I can’t make a cleanser as good as this one. Natural yoghurt!
Simply choose a natural and sugar free yoghurt. For every couple of tablespoons of the yoghurt, add 4 or 5 drops of lavender oil – mix it together. And, it’s ready to use.
NB The lavender oil isn’t really needed, but does make this homemade cleanser smell nice and a little more “special”.
If you have really oily skin you may prefer not to use the lavender oil.
The yoghurt has naturally occurring lactic acid, and it’s got the natural fats that you need in there too.
All cleansers generally have some kind of fat element because it’s the fat that combines with the make-up and things on your skin, to get rid of it.
You can choose to make it each time you need it, but I make about a cup at a time and store it in a squeezy bottle in my fridge.
Other options for cleansers are coconut oil and olive oil. If you use these, make sure you use virgin oils that are really good quality. Not only are all these cleansers the best cleansers, they're also the best natural cleansers for face.
How to use facial cleanser - (double cleansing)
Just use the cleanser in the same way you would a normal cleanser. Massage it on your skin,and rinse off with tepid water.
It’ll even remove eye make-up – except that ones that have been purposely designed to need special cleansers.
If you want you can leave the yoghurt on your skin for a couple of minutes as a mask before rinsing away - that works too.
When you rinse the yogurt cleanser away, you’ll notice that your skin feels really smooth.
And if you repeat with a 2nd cleanse, you’ll actually feel all the dead cells coming off – so it’s exfoliating as well, but in a very very gentle way.
Your skin is left really clean, and really soft. The yoghurt even gets rid of the impact of EMFs on your skin which is positive electrons.
When to cleanse your face
As I mentioned earlier – most people over-cleanse. I recommend that you only cleanse once per day, in the evening, with a double cleanse.
By a double cleanse I simply mean apply the yoghurt, massage it in, rinse off – and then repeat immediately.
Cleansing in the evening before you go to bed is important as it clears away everything that your skin has been subjected to during the day such as pollution and EMFs – and allows your skin to heal and rejuvenate naturally overnight.
In the morning – simply rinse your face with tepid water, and utilise your skin's own natural oils that have built up overnight.
What this cleansing routine for face will do for you
With this cleasing routine for face you will notice that your skin will get stronger, and because it will be balanced in terms of pH it will be healthier.
It will address almost every skin challenge that you can imagine – reducing acne, skin pigmentatin, rosacea, cold sores, and is effective for anti-aging.
Yes, the lactic acid in the yoghurt lightens skin pigmentation as well.
Do you need a skin serum as well?
Now that you know how to cleanse your face properly, you’re on your way to winning your biggest skin battle. But there is definitely more that you can do to protect, and nourish your skin - and help it to heal and rejuvenate.
I absolutely love what manuka honey and bee venom can do for the face and skin. Manuka honey provides amazing nutrition, hydration and stimulates cell activity.
Bee venom stimulates collagen production and smoothes wrinkles. The bee venom sends a signal to your brain to produce more collagen naturally – and it’s so exciting to see the difference this makes.
By using the Power Super Serum (a powerful bee venom serum) in the morning with a paraben free and alcohol free day cream over the top, and then again at night before you go to bed your skin will become noticeably tighter and brighter within the first 7 days.
And after about 30 days you will notice that your skin has a more even skin tone, and skin pigmentation has faded.
Combine this with the Power Super Mask to gently remove toxins, and boost healing and collagen production 2-3 times per week. You will not believe how lovely and smoothe your skin will feel after every use.
Both these high potency natural products include manuka honey and bee venom of premium quality and quantity to effectively work their magic.
By Suzanne Hall - Internationally Acclaimed Natural Skincare Scientist and winner of 28 international awards. About Suzanne Hall
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