We have read it in the magazines, seen it on the television, heard it from our friends to cleanse tone, exfoliate and moisturize on regular basis. But, do we have to do this every day? Are we basically wiping away our natural oils? Let’s take a look at what is good for our skin.
Cleansing is the key to clear skin. It keeps the pore ducts open and reduces bacteria entering the skin. The best way to cleanse your face is to use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin. Remember, the benefits of using the correct cleanser for your skin type can be long term. It is advisable to cleanse both in the morning and night. Clean, gently, thoroughly and use lukewarm water to rinse. While drying your face never rub it harshly instead dab or blot gently with a soft, neat towel.
Is toning essential? Well, toners are not a ‘must use’ item. If your cleanser is good, you will not require a toner to clean or remove any dead cells. In fact, certain ingredient which is found in most toners is quite harmful for the skin. It makes the skin dry and spoils its natural balance. If you must use a toner, an option is to use rose water without any alcohol content. Other natural toners include cucumber juice, lemon juice or tomato juice.
Should you exfoliate every day? The answer is you can do it once a week. Exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells and creates space for moisture-filled cells on the surface. [Removing the dead skin cells help immensely in fighting the signs of ageing.] It permits moisturizers to effortlessly penetrate into the skin. Thus, when you exfoliate use a moisturizer immediately. Avoid abrasive scrubs that cause burning sensation or peeling.
Any skin type will benefit from using a good moisturizer. Moisturizers keep the skin hydrated, fresh and young. Like our body, our skin also needs to be hydrated to feel healthy. It’s advisable to use a daytime moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 15. SPF protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Oily or sensitive skin types can opt for gel or serum style products while drier skin types can make use of thicker, oil-based products. If you have a combination skin, use a light, hydrating product. Make sure you opt for gentle, fragrance –free moisturizers.
A tip: Making use of natural methods to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize is quite valuable for the skin in the long run, as the natural products do not contain any harsh chemicals that can prove fatal for the skin.