Cleansing once or twice a day is the obvious first step to improving your skin health. I the crazy mix of skin care products, it can be easy to be seduced by complicated products with cure all promises, or high end designer cleansers. It does not have to be complicated or expensive! Think about why it is you wash your face. To remove residue and clear your pores. Keep that in mind as you make decisions about your skin care routine, that is the base of you are trying to accomplish.
When you choose a cleanser, choose one that works for you. Everyone’s skin is different, you may be oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination. If your cleanser leaves you too oily or really dry, try switching. We highly recommend using something gentle. To us, that means using simply, pure and natural ingredients. Be sure to keep an eye on your ingredients and don’t get sucked in by marketing on the front. Terms link, “nourishing,” or “hypoallergenic” do not actually qualify anything specific, and there are literally no parameters for using those terms. Lastly, keep it affordable. I believe it is a nice ritual to have a special product for my face, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, in many cases, just the act of rinsing with warm water twice a day can really improve your skin’s health.
Toning is a step that is not completely necessary either, but you can see great benefits from it. The basic idea behind this is to remove any impurities left after removing impurities in your cleansing routine. This is especially recommended if you tend to wear a lot of make up or find your skin is sensitive to break outs. We suggest witch hazel as a toner, or citrus juice and essential oils work well too, if diluted properly. Lemon is especially good for the skin for fighting acne because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. This is one of the benefits behind our citrus salt bar. It is a gentle cleanser, has slight exfoliating properties, is packed with great oils for your face like lemon, and its coconut oil base usually leaves you moisturize.
Now let’s take it up a notch. Exfoliating is using a gentle abrasive to help remove dead skin cells and soften the skin. Many dermatologist recommend exfoliated 2-4 times a week depending on your skin time. You are shedding skin layers constantly, but sometimes the skin can use a little extra help. As always, choosing a gentle exfoliating is recommended. This can be an additive to your soap, a gentle scrub, or a brush of some kind. Always remember to listen to your skin. If exfoliating feels harsh or irritating, it is okay not to do it! We recommend our African Black soap if you are looking for a nice exfoliator. The potash has nutrients and minerals that can add to your skins health, the charcoal is a detox and helps remove impurities, and it is just slightly abrasive, giving you a nice exfoliation.
This step gives the skin a protective layer that keeps the skin hydrated by locking in moisture. Again, you may find that different skin types require different extremes here. For some, a good cleanser is all you need. If you skin is on the really dry end of the spectrum, you may find you need to moisturize twice a day. For this, we recommend a pure oil or mixture of pure oils. We usually try to avoid lotions because they often are filled with unnecessary, even damaging ingredients, specifically those that are not natural. Even products labeled as natural can have ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as long as they make up less than 70% of all the ingredients. Just think, if your lotion is 70% water, the rest of the ingredients can be synthetic chemicals and they can still label it natural! Coconut oil is a favorite facial moisturizer right now, but there are many oils that can really help your skin by applying them with a cotton ball to areas that need it most. We are actually putting together a facial moisturizer now! It will be a combination of light oils to moisturize, tone, and protect the skin from the sun.
We all know the sun can be very damaging to the skin. Even if you aren’t burning, there is tons of research linking sun damage to wrinkles and leathery skin. You can find some moisturizers that include an SPF ingredient in them, but don’t forget it wears off. If you are going to be outside much, wearing a hat, or using a natural sunscreen is an important part of keeping your skin clean and healthy. For more info on sunscreen, check out this article.