Are you the kind of person that thinks that any cleanser will do? Think again.
Soap and water strip your skin of moisture, which is why, after use, your skin feels tight. this is because it has the wrong PH for your skin, washing away all it's natural moisture and can lead to red, dry, irritated flaking skin.
Depending on your skin type and how you like to cleanse your skin, an eye make up remover should be used to remove all traces of eye make up before you cleanse the rest of your face. If you would naturally like to wash your face, go for a foaming cleanser. You would still foam it up by using water, but they have a more balanced PH and shouldn't leave you skin dry and tight feeling.
Facial wipes can have a very high alcohol content which will potentially leave your skin sensitive, and as with soap and water, dry, flaking and iritated after prolonged use.
cream cleanser will do the job just as well and many people with a dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin may like the more soothing feel of a cream.
Please make sure you remove any cleanser thoroughly so as not to leave any visible traces on your skin.
The definition of exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the outermost surface of the skin.
Your skin sheds up to 40,000 dead skin cells every minute naturally, however many need extra help from exfoliation for a smooth, bright skin.
As we age, cell turnover slows, so exfoliating your skin prevents dry flaky skin, helps even skin tone, helps to prevent pore clogging, improves the texture of your skin and helps your moisturiser penetrate deeper into your skin.
Exfoliation is different for face and body, you can use much stronger exfoliants on your body, and there are different ways to exfoliate.
Natural bristle brushes are available for both face and body, and should be used on a dry skin in a circular motion.
Loofahs and exfoliating gloves are used only on the body and can be used dry or wet.
Exfoliating scrubs can contain ingredients like sugar, salt, peach, almond or apricot kernels or other natural buffing substances such as pumice. There are seperate facial or body ones.
All the above methods are described as mechanical exfoliation as they rely on you to thoroughly remove the dead cells by using massage to slough off dead cells.
Chemical peels contain enzymes or fruit acid and are usually used only on the face. These peels loosen the 'glue' that hold skin cells together, then the enzymes or fruit acids munch up the released dead skin cells.
Depending on your skins sensitivity and skin type you should look to exfoliate every 3 to 7 days.
Over exfoliation can be very detrimental causing inflammation of the skin, sensitivity or redness.
Exfoliating your body can help if you suffer with in-growing hairs, particularly on legs, bikini line and underarms, and will help achieve a more even tan when used before applying self tan.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any further complimentary advice.
Jane deVera Lee