Cleansing is usually the first step to take in any type of skincare routine. This process involves getting rid of dirt and debris to ensure that skin is clean enough to receive new nourishment from remaining steps. When I was a lot younger, I never really cared much about cleansing my face as thoroughly because I didn’t care as much, I was a bit nonchalant about skincare, and I wasn’t as informed as I am at this point. However, now in my twenties, I definitely feel the need to cleanse as thoroughly as possible because this is the best time to start preventive skincare starts.
How then does one cleanse thoroughly?
The best way I have found to do this is by oil cleansing. Oil cleansing involves the application of your favorite antibacterial oil(s) to a piece of cotton wool or an exfoliating cloth to cleanse face. The idea behind oil cleansing is that grime on your face have been absorbed through natural bodily oils, sebum, and can only be counteracted with the use of clean, natural, organic oils without stripping skin of much needed balance and moisture.If you wear a lot of make up, you may have to repeat this process three or four times to ensure that all the bacterial causing dirt and left over make up which cause breakouts are gotten out. Also, for this cleansing method, the oil which does the best job in my opinion is Coconut Oil. In one of my previous posts, I stated that coconut oil caused me to break out, which is still the case, but because after oil cleansing with this oil, I am required to rise, it does not have that effect on me. So, if you are in this same boat with me, have no fear as your skin will also be fine doing this step. After oil cleansing thoroughly, proceed to washing face as normal with your preferred cleanser or soap. You may have to wash face twice or deep cleanse using a face wash cloth or Clarisonic to adequately rid your face of all the oil used in the previous step. I usually just do this step in the shower because it’s most likely that I’m about to shower, if I need to cleanse my face.
As soon as you step out of the shower, you can now proceed to the toning step. For this step, you do not need to use a store bought toner (most are too harsh anyway). A great homemade toner (the best I have used so far) you can make is the ACV toner. This toner is derived by mixing Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with water. Less water if you want a stronger mixture, more if your skin is sensitive. The ACV toner is a cheap yet customized toner option that will help balance skin PH levels and tighten pores. It may be helpful to note that ACV is made up of malic acid containing natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that helps prevent acne and skin infections.
Lastly, proceed to moisturizing your skin with a hydrating oil. Organic oils are my preference for this step, and what I currently use is the Rose hip Seed Oil. I love this oil because it absorbs quickly into my skin without leaving the oily residue I experience when moisturizing with coconut oil. Other great organic oils are Jojoba oil, which is great for sensitive skin, and Argan oil great for aging skin. For this step, or pretty much any effective essential/carrier oil mix.
Will you be exploring the oil cleansing method or will I be doing this all by myself? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.