Why cleansing is a crucial step in taking care of your skin
Ideally, for the sake of your skin, you should cleanse twice a day. I’ll explain why. When we’re asleep, our skin can accumulate environmental debris, dead skin cells, sweat and allergens from the air, hair, duvets, if we unknowingly touch our faces overnight, from our pillows…….however clean you think your pillow is, the list is endless.
All this ‘stuff’ accumulating on our faces overnight can cause blocked pores, creating inflammation resulting in blackheads and whiteheads…….yuk! It’s also super important to give your face a good cleanse so the products you put on your face for the day ahead work as well as they possibly can. If you don’t feel the need to wear make-up, don’t! We are all beautiful ‘naked’ and your skin will thank you for the ability to breathe to the best of its ability.
Of an evening, remove your make-up………. thoroughly! Make sure when you look at the muslin cloth, you can no longer see any sign of foundation or discolouration. By removing whatever has been on your face during the day, you are preparing a lovely base for you to continue with your nourishing skincare routine. If you think about it logically, cleansing is the most important step………if you leave on the layers, then put product on top of layers, you’re just making your skin more congested and trapping in the dirt. Poor skin
One last thing……For the sake of your skin, please, please do not use wipes unless you have nothing else available. They don’t work, you are merely moving the grime and dirt around your face. Urgh!!
Why toning is more important than you may think
Historically toners were used to remove excess oil from the skin and were especially helpful for people who suffered with acne. Those products typically contained high concentrations of alcohol and were extremely drying for the skin. Nowadays, toners have moved on and the decent ones don’t contain alcohol. Toner helps remove dirt, oils and impurities leaving the skin better protected against environmental stressors while balancing your skin’s pH which can help your skin to be less prone to oiliness and infection, creating a more vibrant and smooth appearance. Our toners all contain organic aloe vera concentrate which is teeming with goodness; Vitamin B complex, folic acid, Vitamin C to name but a few. Most of us suffer from dehydrated skin stemming from not drinking enough water each day, working in an office environment, exposure to central heating, the list of dehydrating factors that our skin is exposed to is endless. Good toners now contain humectants (another reason we add Aloe Vera to all of our toners) that work with the environment to draw moisture from the air, a bit like a moisture magnet! Toners also prepare the skin for your next step whether that’s a serum or moisturiser. This has cost effective benefits too. Having toned your skin, the base is there for better absorption for your next step……….you will need to apply less product.
Your last but by no means least important step to a good skincare routine – Moisturising
Having cleansed and toned, you’ve now prepared your skin beautifully to receive it’s dose of hydration, vitamins and minerals…………..assuming you’re using a good quality organic moisturiser. You don’t want any nasties going on as your ‘coat’ that is going to be absorbed into your skin and beyond……everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. You wouldn’t knowingly eat something that’s not good for you so please don’t put anything on your face that you don’t mind going further than ‘skin deep’, because it does. It’s worth paying for a good quality organic moisturiser. Non-organic skincare products often contain synthetic, man-made chemicals such as SLS’s, mineral oils and toxins that could be residues of pesticides. These all are soaked up dutifully by your skin.
As the name suggests, moisturiser helps lock in your skin’s natural moisture. When your skin is lacking moisture, it fails to regenerate cells which can lead to the overproduction of sebum and dry or flaky skin. When skin is hydrated and healthy cells are regenerated and we are left with a glowing complexion. Who doesn’t want a glowing, healthy complexion!
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