Cleansing your skin is essential to keep it healthy, especially for those who live in big, polluted urban centers. Think about how much dust and dirt is left on your skin every day! When choosing your cleanser, avoid the ones containing soap because it dries the skin out, alcohol that can be aggressive in particular for sensitive skins, and the fragranced ones. It is healthier to choose a simple, unscented cleanser with a limited number of ingredient. According to what type of skin you have, go either for a cream-based cleanser, good for dry skin, or a gel for oily skin. Natural ingredients such as aloe vera (soothing), or tea tree oil (for problem skins or acne) can work wonders when used to cleanse the face.
First, wash your hands, remove any make up, and wash the face with fresh water. then apply your choice of cleanser, massage into the skin, and rinse off. This will only take you 2-3 mins everyday, but it makes a big difference and will help your skin look clearer. The skin is the body’s biggest organ but it is also very vulnerable, being exposed to the sun, to temperature changes, to pollution…We often cover ourselves in expensive creams to prevent ageing, but do we ever check the composition of the beauty products we buy? They are often full of chemicals and attack the skin in the long term. Looking after yourself doesn’t have to be expensive not time consuming: invest your money wisely. Everyday kitchen ingredients such as milk are actually known to be good cleansers.
For those of you who would like to make your own cleanser, here is a quick recipe for normal skin types and using two of my favourite natural ingredients, orange flower water and coconut oil (inspired by “Make your own Skincare” by Sally Hornsey)
SImply mix together the following ingredients:
-20g orange flower water
-30g spring water
-15g coconut oil
-5 drops of lime essential oil
-10g sucragel (sucragel is a natural emulsifier and thickener developed from sugar; sucragel AOF is organic and can be bought on the internet)
Preservative can be added. Store in a dark storage.