9 Ways to clean your face
What choices are there for facial cleansing, in an age where we're over run with products on the high street shelves.
Commercial cleansers found on shop shelves contain surfacants or emulsifiers, which are basically the same thing. (SLS) sodium lauryl sulfate can strip the natural lipid layer from the surface of the skin, it also destroy's the skin's protective barrier.
In this article I want to share some commercial and natural cleanser's that may change your mind about what you use on your face.
Make-up artist's have been using this on photo shoot's for some time now. It's become popular recently and the alternative to cleansing and toning.
Its name derives from "miscelles", the tiny oil molecules suspended in water. Funnily enough not an oil product, the molecules latch onto the dirt and unwanted particles clinging to your face and dissolve them away.
The simple alternative to soap, dermotologist's would suggest using it once a day for normal skin types. There are a lot of product's to choose from on the high street, choose one that suit's your skin type.
What do you use on your face?
Cotton Pad and Oil
With a few drop's of oil on a moistened cotton pad, gently wipe your face, don't rub, then wash with water afterwards.
Below are oils for various skin types:
Oily skin: Hemp, safflower and apricot kernel oil, rosehip, evening primrose, jojoba oil.#
Dry skin: Macadamia, almond and wheat germ oil, olive, avocado and hemp oil.
Believe it or not splashing your face with water does actually work. It's a great natural toner and has no added perfumes or essential oils.
Raw Organic Honey
Honey is a great natural mild cleanser, with anti-bacterial properties and moisturise's your skin at the same time. Apply it to your skin, leave on for a few minutes to half an hour then rinse.
Chick Pea Flour
Great for oily skin types. Add water and mix with floral water's, yoghurt then apply. You can buy it from most Asian or health food stores.
A pinch of baking soda in a lot of water, splash your face with it. Rinse thoroughly with clean water afterwards.
Use with caution, don't let the baking soda water dry on your skin. It's very abrasive when dry.
Clay naturally draw's out toxin's from the skin and calm's any inflammation. Most commonly used as a face mask but can also be used to cleanse your face.
Different types of clay: White, green, red. Mix it with water, aloe vera, organic floral waters, full fat yoghurt, keffir or buttermilk. Can work well on oily skin/combination skin. See below for skin types:
Sensitive skin: White clay, red clay.
Oily skin: Ghassoul/rhassoul (morrocan lava clay), bentonite clay, kaolin clay or Fuller's earth.
Used to naturally tone and hydrate your skin, just add a few drops to keep your skin moisture locked in. It's a great anti-inflammatory for calming your skin down.
With so many ways to clean your face which method is the best? Try all of them and see which one suit's your skin the best.
However try them gradually over time, to give your skin time to adapt.
© 2015 Helen Bolam