Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It endures constant exposure to toxins, free radicals, and oxidation. So it’s absolutely essential to pamper your complexion in healthy ways.
Use Good Cleansers and Proper Cleansing Tools
Since skin secretes oils and toxins during the night, cleansing in the morning is necessary to prepare skin for moisturizer and makeup. It is also essential to cleanse your face every night, especially if you wear makeup.
When you sleep, your pores open and your skin breathes, so anything on your face will be absorbed into your skin. In other words, everything that is on your face – cosmetics and environmental pollutants – will be absorbed into the deeper levels of your skin.
So pamper your complexion with proper cleansers and cleansing tools to keep your skin fresh and youthful looking.
Benefits of Vitamins D and E
Scientists have confirmed that topical vitamin C and E help to protect skin against free radicals that break down skin tissue and cause premature signs of aging. It is important to know that the benefit to your skin in performance and protection depends upon the percentage and form of vitamin C and E in the skin care formulas.
Concerning vitamin E, Dr. Newburger said, in Prevention Magazine’s April 2002 issue, “You can find this antioxidant in just about any beauty product. Unfortunately, it usually isn’t present in high enough concentrations (5% or more according to a recent study) to really do your skin any good.”
Vitamin C, another vital antioxidant, also helps protect the skin against free radical damage (oxidation). However, as Dr. Newburger confirms, vitamin C is unstable, breaks down quickly, and must be stored correctly to remain potent. Her recommendation, “Look for products in opaque, airtight containers. A pump dispenser is great for sealing out oxygen and extending product life.”
Just because vitamin C is included in an ingredient list doesn’t necessarily mean that it is in the proper form or percentage ratio to achieve its’ claims. The use of vitamins (especially vitamin C) requires knowledge of the correct percentages, pH, and the delivery system.
Choosing a Cleanser to Pamper Your Complexion
Selecting a cleanser that will pamper your complexion is almost as important as the act of cleansing. A product that is too harsh can strip skin of natural oils, and leave it dry and irritated.
What to Look For
Look for cleansers that rejuvenate the skin at the same time they cleanse it. A gentle goat milk soap and herbal glycerin can help remove excess oil as long as they don’t dry your skin.
For most skin, soaps are alkaline and can be irritating. It is best to use a cleanser that’s close to the skin’s normal pH level, which is usually around 4.5.
Nourishing shea butter improves dry, wrinkled, or irritated skin.
Skin Types and Cleansers
Also, consider your skin type when choosing a cleanser. If your skin is oily, avoid products that strip away all the oil as well as those with added moisturizers. Look for ingredients that have natural antiseptic properties like witch hazel and herbs and essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and peppermint.
For dry skin, a nonabrasive cleanser that nourishes, such as vegetable glycerin and olive or coconut oil, can help keep the skin soft and dehydrated. Aloe vera and balancing essential oils of chamomile, lavender, and rose are natural products that nurture all skin types.
Steps in Facial Cleansing
- Cleanse your face thoroughly.
- Use a soft cloth designed for the face. Don’t use washcloths and loofahs can damage delicate facial skin and are known to harbor bacteria.
- Apply a toner. Why? Using a cleanser on your face will raise your pH level, even if you use a product that is pH balanced. A toner formulated to return the acid mantle (a natural layer that covers the skin) will restore your skin its normal pH level and help rebalance it after washing.
Use Natural Products
Using a toner reduces pore size so that fewer pollutants are absorbed into the skin. Look for toners that contain aloe vera as it is one of the best skin nutrients available. You can even use pure aloe vera juice (found in most health food stores). Just pour a little onto a cotton cosmetic round.
Keep aloe vera it in the refrigerator for an invigorating experience!
Aloe vera has an exceptional ability to penetrate the skin. It is absorbed into the skin four times faster than water and has a pH level nearly identical to that of the skin.
If your skin is especially oily, an astringent (similar to a toner, but with a high alcohol content) can help absorb excess oil and kill bacteria. Natural extracts and essential oils (including camphor, menthol, tea tree, and citrus) also help control oil.
It is best to use botanical based and all-natural cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and cosmetics. Your complexion will love you for it, and your skin will be radiant!
About the Author:
About the author – Kathy Browning is a healing arts practitioner and wellness coach. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of “The Art of Living Well,” an ezine focused on the mind, body, spirit connection and the author of “Feng Shui for Abundant Living.”
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