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 PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:15 am  Reply with quote  
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Cleansing, Toning & Moisturizing Your Face



One's beauty is incomplete without a fresh and glowing skin. However, not everybody is blessed with a naturally good skin. As skin is one of the most delicate parts of our body, even those who are blessed with a good and charming skin need to take care of it properly. Those who are not blessed with that natural charm and appeal need to work hard on their skin to make it shiny, smooth and beautiful. Different people have different textures of skin like oily, dry and normal. However, some of the people have extremely sensitive skin which needs extra special care. The basic ways to take care of any kind of skin is cleansing, toning and moisturizing.

Why does skin require cleansing, toning & moisturizing?
Moving around in dust, smoke and traffic makes skin dull, dry and dead. Regular exposure to all these things makes skin faint and pale. Gradually, it starts taking toll on the skin and permanently damages its texture. If you do not want your skin to lose its charm before time, the only remedy to it is constant caring. The easiest and effective way to care for your skin is regular cleansing, toning & moisturizing.



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Benefits: Cleansing is the most effective way of removing dust, dirt and dead layer from your skin. It is also meant for cleaning the previously applied make up. Cleansing helps in removing the extra element on the skin to make its pore open and breathing. Regular cleaning makes your face fresh and clean.

Process:

* Wash your hands with soap properly do remove dust and bacteria.
* Use a good quality face wash with water in order to remove dust stick to your face. Remember, a face wash can help you get rid of the dust but it is not simply enough to remove all the impurities from your face.
* Once you have done cleansing, you can go for light scrubbing. This will help you get rid of black heads a dead skin.
* Now pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
* Dip cotton in fresh milk or artificially available cleanser (whatever available) and properly apply it all over your face. Remove it with dry cotton after few minutes. Wash the face with water again.



Toning

Benefits: Toning helps in removing any residual dirt or Image cleanser on the face. It also helps in restoring the natural pH level of the skin, making it ready for being hydrated.

Process:

* Toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acid are best for toning for almost all kinds of skin.
* Natural toning is also a nice way to take care of your skin. For normal and dry skin use a combination of fresh cucumber juice with yoghurt as an astringent.
* You can use the combination of egg white with honey mixed with few drops of lemon juice as a toner for oily skin.
* Apply toner with cotton all over your face except the eyes and lips. Wipe the toner in upward and outward direction.



Moisturizing

Benefits: It helps in restoring the natural moisture to your face and making it more soft, supple and glowing.

Process:

* After you are done with your cleansing and toning, you must moisturize your face in order to regain the moisture lost.
* Clean your hands before you apply moisturizer to your face.
* Deeply apply the moisturizer on your face in a circular with upward strokes motion.
* Do not over use moisturizer as it will clog your pores and give way to black heads and pimples.
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we had a GREAT thread over at Alt where many posted about their recommendations for skin products. Would LOVE to see those recommendations repeated here .


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So what about hand-crafted, all-natural soap?

Having just gotten into this a few months ago, I was somewhat surprised to discover that most "soap" is actually detergent. True soap is naturally moisturizing because it still contains the glycern. And it is incredibly mild on the skin as compared to the chemicals found in most "soaps" you can buy off the shelf.

My mother likes one I made which contains cosmetic clay, saying it takes off her make up quite nicely. Of course, she usually does not wear a great deal of make up.

Even I have noticed a really big difference. My fingers had been drying out, and had gotten to the point of splitting and cracking. But not after I have switched to my home-made soap.

Thoughts?

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I've been reading about OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) and decided to try it today. I took a nice warm shower to open the pores and then took my jojoba oil/castor oil mix (equal parts) and massaged it into my face for about 10 minutes. All of this crap came out of my skin (never knew it was there), my pores are less visible, and it gave me a nice glow. Make sure you wash it all off with warm water and a clean towel. Next I massaging some honey onto my face and washing that off as well. It probably wasn't necessary, but I enjoy smelling like honey. I topped it all off with an SPF 28 non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) moisturizer from CVS.

The theory behind OCM is that most/many OTC cleansing products strip the skin of its natural oils and so your glands go into overdrive to produce more of it, leading to oilier skin...no bueno. Instead, the castor and jojoba oils are able to really penetrate the pores and bring the dirt and poop to the surface. People have warned of a "worse before it gets better" phase where you might break out a bit as your skin is purging itself of all that deep-down crap. I'm going to stick with it for a month or so to see what happens. I'm excited!


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Hi Kylie,

I think using jojoba and caster oil for facial pore cleansing makes a lot of sense. Both those oils are easily absorbed into the skin, and from what I've been reading offer beneficial properties, and very few health concerns. The biggest concerns I saw were getting "too shiny" skin (from too much jojoba) and laxative/contraction concerns if ingesting caster oil.

Although, some sources also say *NOT* to get the caster oil in or close to the eyes, so that may be worth noting.

The caster oil will attract moisture (it is a humectant) and is reported as having anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and analgesic properties. It is also one of a very few oils with ricinoleic acid, although I haven't find any clear info on how this may/may not effect skin care. As a carrier oil, caster will certainly help with penetration as it has a very low molecular mass and easily gets deeply into the skin. Combined with its humectant properties, we might expect this to be good for moistening the skin at depth.

Jojoba oil, interestingly, is actually a wax ester and not an "oil" at all. It has a whole range of positive attributes! Chemically similar to sebum produced in human skin, extremely safe to use, does not feel greasy, and has a high vitamin E content, and therefore adds all of those related benefits! (Promotes clear, healthy skin, antioxidant, etc.) And on top of that it acts as an antibacterial agent too. All-around, pretty good for you skin, in other words! heheh

I only briefly read about OCM (oil cleansing method). While recipes vary, it seems many have a majority content of (extra virgin) olive oil - like 80%. Olive oil is also a humectant and antioxidant. In traditional hand-made soaps it is one of the more moisturizing oils. Is there a specific reason you are avoiding olive oil?

I read that in modifying OCM recipes one may also add other oils. Sunflower seed oil and coconut oil were specifically mentioned. However, coconut oil tends to dry the skin, so take that into consideration. On the other hand, if what you are trying does get "too shiny" (too oily or too moist) then perhaps adding a few percentage points of coconut oil may be useful (perhaps something low, up to as much as 10%).

Hope you find this works for you. And I really hope you come back and give us a report of your experience with this in a month or so.

Best wishes!
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I've found both good and bad reviews for OCM so I'm going to try to be cautious . By that I mean not doing it every day, making sure I wash all the oil off, and keeping a close watch in my skin. It's not for everyone and can lead to break-outs if you have oily skin.


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That sounds very reasonable. I'm looking forward to hearing how it works for you! Good luck with it!


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