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Skin Series #2: You are Washing Your Face Wrong

Clarifying Cleansing

I am someone who can happily admit that I wear a full face of makeup at least 5 days a week. But at the end of everyday that whole face has to come off. I try hard to make sure that everything I put on my skin (including makeup) is not harmful. It doesn’t cause allergy issues or filled with parabens and phthalates. But when I take off my bra and throw on my sweatpants at night, it’s skin care time. I make extra sure that what I buy is the best products for me and what my skin needs.  I think washing your face is the biggest thing so many of us are doing incorrectly. This can cause negative skin side effects, and make the skin care regime that is to come less effective. Today this article will go over some new tips you might not know about washing your face.

Tip#1: Foam doesn’t Equal Clean: Many people believe that the foamier the face wash the better it cleans…lies! More like the better it strips your skin of the good and the bad. That tight squeaky clean feeling you get after washing your face is not a good feeling, it’s your skin mad at you for dehydrating it. Sephora I love you, but you know better than to mass market foam when most companies do it wrong.  Many Foaming face washes have SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) that is what creates the foam. Many people can have reactions to it, including irritation, dry itchy patches, acne and even dermatitis.  If you have a face wash that has SLS in it and notice skin issues afterwards you may want to start buying products without it.

Tips#2: Change your Face Wash: Just like you do not own one pair of jeans you do not have to have just one face wash. You need to learn to start listening to your skin care and adjust to what it says. Are you breaking out? Are you dehydrated and in the sun? Are you super oily? Look at what you think your skin needs that day and make a skin care plan of action. Start with your face wash. The top types of cleansers in my opinion are:

Cleansing Balms: This is by far my favorite type, but can initially confuse people. When I have friends stay the night they always ask to use my skin care and I definitely let them. But cleansing balms can be confusing to use. They normally come in pots and look like a hard oil (or lard, sorry). The best way to use them is to take about a quarter size swipe of it on your fingers and rub it straight onto your dry skin. Makeup and all! Massage the balm into your skin, which after a few seconds will feel really smooth and blendible, like oil. I normally massage the balm into my skin for a min or two. Then with warm water splash it on your face to turn your balm a milky texture, also called emulsifying. Then take a flannel (wash cloth) in the warm water and wipe your face off. I always go over with the water and my flannel a few times to make sure ever speck of makeup is off. Cleansing balms are great for your first or evening cleanse. Any and every skin type can use these, yes even you oily skin people! But I notice they are extra awesome if you are dry, mature, or sensitive. My favorite cleansing balms are the Blue Moon by Sunday Riley and Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm . For a more budget friendly version try the new Farmacy Cleansing Balm and The Body Shop Chamomile Butter.

Cleansing Gels: Very similar to a cleansing balm but a bit more user friendly. These are as stated a gel texture but you can use them in a similar way as the balms. For my gel cleansers I take a quarter size amount of product and massage it on my dry face for a minute. Rinse with warm water and flannel and good to go. I use this type of cleanser in the morning or as a second cleanse at night. These are great for everyone and every skin type. They are much more common on the skin care market. You might be using a cleansing gel right now and not even know it! My favorites are the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, they have several for all different skin types. The OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel, it is so soft and really great for when I wake up with major spots on my face. For a budget friendly cleansing gel you can try the Garnier Clean+ Clarifying Cleansing Gel Sensitive Skin.

Cleansing Oils: Now for me personally I just started using these, but oh are they magic. If you are mature, dry or wear a lot of makeup, listen up! Cleansing oils are packed with good oils, skin plumping anti aging properties. Because of how liquid they are, they really eliminate anything that is on your face in the best way. These tend to be a bit pricey so I have not ventured too far into the testing of these, don’t you panic because I am sure some day I will. But my favorite at the moment are the NUDE Clarifying Cleansing Oil and The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil. Also the beautiful not so budget friendly, de Mamiel Atmosphériques Pure Calm Cleansing Dew.

Tip #3: Drop the Makeup Wipes and Walk Away: I have said it before and I will say it again. They are not good for you to use as your cleansing option and most are cheap because they have cheap ingredients. They are helpful when you have a lot of eye makeup on and need an extra step to remove it all but that is it. They are not a replacement for skin care or face wash. If you solely use makeup wipes to remove eye makeup I would suggest switching to Micellar Water. The best one I have tried is the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water . It can eliminate everything for only a few bucks.

Tip #4: Read your Ingredients List: This one took a bit for me to agree with but after having issues with tons and tons of products I needed to figure out if there are certain ingredients that don’t work with my skin. The same might go for you. Start to read the ingredients list of the products going onto your skin. If you try something out and you have a bad reaction, look at the ingredients one of those words caused it. You might have fragrance issues, essential oils reactions, and Shea butter causing acne.

Tip #5: If you don’t like it, return it: Too many people buy things and end up disliking them. You don’t feel it is effective but you just keep it around in case one day comes and you might like it. News Flash that day is not coming, go return that damn thing and get your money back. Cleansers are not like serums or oils you know after a few uses if it works for your skin. If it doesn’t remove everything on your face in one wash… return. If you are done washing and you feel a terrible residue left on your skin… return. If your skin feels dry or tight after…. Return! Not only will your budget thank you, but these are the products that you should take a closer look at the ingredients to see what caused the problem. My major rule to myself is that I only house products that work for me.



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