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Cleansing ~ The basics of Great Skincare

Updated on August 10, 2008
 

The Basics of Skin Care

Cleansing

Skin that is luminous, healthy and conjures up images of peaches and cream doesn't happen by chance. Heredity, of course, takes some credit for those that have naturally glowing skin that rarely erupts. But as any beauty experts will attest to, it takes a diligent and committed skin care routine to insure our best possible hope for a perfect complexion.

While we wait on science to figure out the creation of a magical pill that will give us that firm, wrinkle free, and eternally smooth baby soft skin, we must rely on our discipline. Proper care and healthy eating habits will promise our skin it's best chance.

The very first and most important step of setting our daily skincare routine is proper cleansing. Let's take a closer look at something that seems so simple, yet so many people do wrong.

Cleansing

  1. Gentle Cleanser ~ Clean skin does not equal harsh cleanser. There are some excellent cleansing products with many more new and improved being created every minute. Choose the right product for your skin type. Specifically choosing a milder and more organic cleanser will insure your optimum skin cleansing. Organic products and ones that contain natural ingredients are always best. Don't be afraid to experiment with homemade cleansers as well, they are full of vitamins and natural agents that will leave your skin glowing and with less chance of irritation, and might save you a fortune in the long run.

  2. The Motion ~ Start with a little dab of cleanser in the palm of your hand and gently rub hands together to create a light foam. Putting cleanser directly onto face without making sure it's evenly distributed will cause irritation. Begin gentle and circular motion from forehead to chin. Make sure to take your time and avoid getting too close to eyes.

  3. The Rinse ~ Water temperature should be tepid, never hot or too cold. Splash onto face and rinse thoroughly without rubbing face hard. Always be gentle. Facial skin is very delicate and needs careful care not to aggravate. Many a fine line has been born by too harsh cleansing.

  4. The Pat ~ Once face has been cleansed thoroughly, use a soft towel to pat dry. Pressing the towel firmly into face without rubbing will help lock in moisture without irritating.

  5. How Often? ~ Your face should be cleansed no more then twice a day. In the morning upon rising and always before you go to bed. NEVER sleep in makeup.

General Skin Care Tips ~

  1. WATER ~ Drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day will quench skin as well as get rid of any built up impurities in your body. The single best thing you can do for your overall health and beauty of your skin.

  2. Vitamins ~ Your skin is a mirror. It reflects what's going on inside. Eating a well-balanced meal and make sure to always get your daily required supplements.

  3. Sleep ~ Sleep deprivation plays havoc on gorgeous skin. Keep in mind that a regular sleep schedule and grabbing any extra beauty naps will reward you ten-fold in the quest for beautiful and glorious skin.

Natural Skin Care Recipes:

  1. The Aspirin Mask ~ Combine 7-8 tables of aspirin with 2 tablespoons of water in small cup or container. The aspirin will dissolve forming a soft paste. Using this formula to cleanse your face will leave your skin incredibly soft and clean. Excellent for acne sufferers.

  2. Baking Soda ~ Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a 1 tablespoon of water and you've got a gentle cleanser with a little added grit. Perfect for exfoliating. Deep-down clean.

Professionally Recommended

DRY SKIN ~

Cetaphil ~ Dermatologists recommend this gentle baby mild cleanser.

Clarins ~ Gentle foaming cleanser made with shea butter. This cleanser leaves your face super-moisturized.

Dr. Havschka Cleansing Cream ~ The aroma of almonds combined with natural ingredients. Higher priced but customers claim more than worth it.

OILY SKIN ~

Clinque Wash-Away Gel Cleanser ~ Excellent cleanser that takes only a tiny bit of product to work wonders.

Shiseido Pureness Cleansing Gel ~ Your skin will be left super soft and feeling ultra-clean

COMBINATION SKIN ~

Dove Essential Nutrients Self-foaming Cleanser ~ A basic skin cleanser that goes far for only 6.00. It was also voted by InStyle magazine as one of the best all-around facial cleansers by readers.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ~ A customer favorite and dermatologist recommended

Laura Mercier One-Step Cleanser ~ Excellent moisturizing Cleanser that is easy to use and feels so good. A bit pricey though.

SENSITIVE SKIN ~

Avon Foam Skin Cleanser ~ Gentle and a bargain for what it is proven to accomplish

Oil of Olay Sensitive Skin Wash ~ Smells so pretty and works really well

Aveda All-Sensitive Cleanser ~ Superior Cleanser but is a bit pricey

ACNE-PRONE SKIN ~

Neutrogena Pore-Refining Cleanser ~ Refining cleanser great for the occasional breakouts but never leaves skin too dry.

Oil of Olay Age Defying Series Daily Renewal Cleanser ~ Cleans really well and the price is reasonable

Murad Acne Kit ~ Expensive at 60.00 and a 4 step program that makes this treatment a little more complicated but contains glycolic and salicylic acids.

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