Published: 11/01/2014 - Updated: 05/18/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
For skin cleansing, there is nothing better than natural products, and if they are made at home, even better. Keeping the skin nice and clean is absolutely basic for keeping it young and healthy. It is not recommendable, however, to wash it frequently throughout the day, nor to apply saps or products, as this could be very counter-productive.
How often should I wash my face?
This depends. For example, if you go outside, it’s best to always wash your face when you get home, and apply some type of moisturizing cream. Do this also when you do some sort of sports or if you sweat a lot, or when you don’t need your makeup on anymore. That’s when you need to wash it.
How should I wash my face?
In order to wash your face you need to consider the following:
- Try to use spring water because tap water contains higher portions of chlorine that dry skin out over time. If you do use tap water, let it set in a bowl exposed to sunlight for 20 minutes so the chlorine evaporates.
- Try to use 100% organic soaps, either from honey, oatmeal, aloe, apple, honey with propolis or pollen, etc. Avoid cheap soaps because they contain aggressive detergents for the skin.
- Using soaps has its tricks too: use soap only once a day, no more. The rest of the time, when you get home from work or going out, wash your face with oatmeal water. You can make it by soaking two tablespoons of oats in one cup of water. Brush over your face adn then try with a perfectly clean towel.
- You should exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with natural products so as to correctly eliminate dead cells. This allows the skin to better absorb nutrients.
Exfoliate your face to keep it clean
Exfoliation should not be absent from your cleansing routine. To exfoliate, you can use:
- Rolled oats
- A bit of sugar
- Rice flour
- Green clay (especially for oily skin, or skin with blackheads and acne)
In order to apply these natural exfoliants, all you need to do is use your chosen ingredient when you shower and moisten it a bit. Apply it in circular motions to your skin.
Just like cleaning the face from the outside is good, you mustn’t forget that one of the secrets to impeccable skin is interior cleanliness as well. If you blood is contaminated or your intestines are accumulating harmful fats and toxins, your skin with look withered, dirty, and opaque.
In order to clean your skin from inside, you need to follow a diet that overflows with the following foods:
- Vegetable juices: at least two glasses of juice a day whereby you combine 2 or 3 different vegetable a day. You should frequently include carrots, as well as celery, aloe, parsley, and alfalfa. Never add lemon, sugar, fruits, or lime (lemons sometimes kill vitamins in vegetables). They should always be fresh for best results. Vegetable juices clean your intestines and blood, and will keep them in optimal conditions. These juices are also an extraordinary source of antioxidants, which help prevent skin deterioration, as well as wrinkles and decayed skin.
- Fruit juices: these are excellent in the morning but you must avoid combining them with other foods. You should always eat them slowly and by themsevles. The best fruits for skin are: papaya, apple, grapes, orange, citrus fruits, and bananas. Also, don’t add any sugar to the drinks or combine them with vegetables.
- Aloe juice: this juice is especially beneficial for keeping the intestines and the stomach clean, which will show in your skin.
- Drink enough water. You should drink at least 2 liters of fresh water a day to keep your skin moist and to clean your intestines and blood.
Other recommendations for facial cleansing
- Exercise: in order to keep skin clean, you also need to try to exercise in some way that promotes circulation and correct elimination of toxins and fats from the skin.
- Acupressure facial massages: although you may not believe it, massages are also included in a cleansing routine because they stimulate correct circulation and/or prevent toxins from accumulating in the skin.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 05/18/2018
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