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How to Wash Your Face the Organic Way

Updated on February 12, 2017
Conventional face washes strip your skin of its natural oils and protective layer. Learn how to cleanse your skin the natural way.
Conventional face washes strip your skin of its natural oils and protective layer. Learn how to cleanse your skin the natural way. | Source

The Secret to Clear Fresh Skin

The dangers of conventional face wash products

If you look at the ingredients lists of most conventional face wash products, they're made with many of the same ingredients. The first and most common ingredient is a sulfate. Common iterations are sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate.

Sulfates are surfactants. They work by making the surface slippery so that grease and dirt can more easily be pulled out, suspended in the product, and then rinsed away. This is why after you wash your face you get that tight, dry, "clean" face feeling.

The problem with sulfates is that they are too harsh, so they not only remove surface dirt and grease from makeup and sweat, but also the natural protective layer of the skin. Sulfates are used by the industry to clean garage floors and car engines. You simply don't need that level of cleaning power on your face.

Sulfates and Your Health

Moreover, sulfates have health risks. They can enter the skin and stay within the tissues of the eyes, brain, liver, and heart. It damages the immune system and the skin because of its' denaturing properties on protein. Denaturing means that the sulfate causes the protein to lose its structure, so as a result our skin can peel, flake, and get generally irritated.

The ability of surfactants to remove the natural skin barrier is also a contributing factor to acne because acne is mainly caused by bacteria. By removing the skin's natural barrier against germs, the acne bacteria bury even further into the skin.

Overall, the best way to take care of your skin, and especially your face, is to avoid the use of conventional face washes full of sulfates. Instead, you should follow a natural face washing routine.

An Organic Face Wash Routine

Start with Oil

First, get an raw, cold pressed, organic oil. I like coconut oil or olive oil. Massage a dime-sized amount into your skin in a downward circular motion.

It may seem counter intuitive to "wash" your face with oil, but in fact, according to the laws of chemistry, like molecules attract like molecules. The oil will actually pull grease out of your pores.

After massaging the oil onto you face, you can also lay a warm towel over your face to further draw out the dirt in the pores. You can leave the towel there until it cools.

Then Rinse

Next, wet the face with lukewarm water. You don't want to use hot water because that will dry out your skin.

Use a quarter-sized drop of organic face cleanser. Massage onto the skin for one to two minutes. Rinse with water and dry with a towel.

By using oil first and cleanser second, you only remove the extra oil. The organic cleansers that I recommend are also gentle, so the oils that compose of the natural skin barrier are not washed off but extraneous dirt and grime are.

Once your face is dry, apply moisturizer.

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Facial Cleanser Recommendations

Bar Soap with Few Ingredients

An organic cleanser that doesn't have sulfates is vital to this face wash routine. If you use oil massage and then use a face wash full of sulfates, the moisturizing and nourishing value of the oil for your skin will be rinsed away.

For facial cleanser, I recommend that you get a simple bar soap. Bar soap is in fact softer and gentler than liquid soaps because the chemicals that are added to keep the soap liquid are actually very harsh and drying to the skin.

Try looking for a bar soap with the fewest ingredients, made with a vegetable oil, has no artificial fragrance, and some mild moisturizer.

Whole Foods Organic Triple Milled Soap in any of their scents is a great option.

Conclusion

Overall, I hope this article helped you learn a bit about facial cleansers and the art of double cleansing for a healthier and clearer face.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave comments or contact me!

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    • yyah profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiwi Rio 

      7 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi Laura, I'm really glad you enjoyed the article! I'm totally into consuming good oils too. I've tried oregano oil and and I'm also into fish oil. I've also been into drinking aloe lately. Good stuff!

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      Laura Jane Jones 

      7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I loved the article, but this paragraph really sung to me...

      'It may seem counter intuitive to "wash" your face with oil, but in fact, according to the laws of chemistry, like molecules attract like molecules. The oil will actually pull grease out of your pores'.

      ..... because the 'like molecules attract like molecules' which is the basic principles of Homeopathy, which I use all the time...so loved that you put that in there.

      Just like to add... it's also great to consume internally too; really improves your mood, makes you feel amazing and can eliminate all sorts of symptoms...! I drink 2-3 teaspoons a day in herbal tea... makes me feel WONDERFUL.... Thanks so much YYAH for sharing - very insightful! x

    • yyah profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiwi Rio 

      7 years ago from New York, NY

      @thecoffeewrite - That sounds amazing! I'm so glad it's working out well for you!!! I think you should take before and after pictures and write a page after the 30 days to tell us about how it worked for you and what products you specifically used. It might inspire others to try it too!

    • yyah profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiwi Rio 

      7 years ago from New York, NY

      you're welcome Brianna!

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      Keneesha M Hodge 

      7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      (In my most excited voice) I actually did the regimen on Tuesday, using the first cold pressed olive oil, raw black soap, and raw(white) Shea butter I already had. To tell you the truth my face still feels soft and moisturized and I haven't done the process since then. I plan on doing the regimen 30 days straight so I can see how it helps my skin problems. I also plan on working some more dry parts of my body and I told my husband he should try it as well. I think this is what I've been looking for to help my skin and if that is the case I am forever indebted to you YYAH :)

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      Brianna Stuart 

      7 years ago

      This was quite informative, thanks for sharing!

    • yyah profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiwi Rio 

      7 years ago from New York, NY

      You're welcome ladies, and tell me how it goes!

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      Keneesha M Hodge 

      7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I am definitely interested in trying this method because I am a victim of OTC products and "special brand" products. In the last ten years I've been fighting facial skin problems I found one product that worked, but ran out too quickly and was not in my budget for regular purchase. Once I have all my items I will hub about my results. Thanks for this.

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      bgoodall 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the information! I have been experimenting with several different skin products lately and this gave me some things to look for.

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