Sunday, March 27, 2011

Daily Cleansing Routine


If I were Vybz Kartel I’d be telling you that you’d look cool if you washed your face with cake soap. However, my daily cleansing routine is significantly different. This is not an attempt to tell you what to do or what products to buy but you can get a good idea of what you can do.

Step 1. Wash your face with warm water.
I’m not too sure about the closing and opening of pores, however, warm water helps to bring out more oil from the pores. Cold water, on the other hand, withholds the oils in your skin. So when you wash your face with warm water you will be bringing more oils to the surface to remove with your cleansers.

Step 2. Rub on your cleanser.
I personally have a problem sticking to one particular cleanser simply because my skin gets immune to it in no time. Currently I’m jumping between St. Ives Apricot Scrub and Proactiv Renewing Cleanser. There is a significant difference between the two products. The Apricot Scrub is courser while the scrubbing beads in the Proactive Cleanser are smaller and not as course. Overall Proactiv feels better against the skin. Figure out what product works best for you.

Step 3. Remove the cleanser with warm water.

Step 4. Pat your face dry.
DO NOT WIPE THE WATER OFF YOUR FACE! Pat the water off so you do not irritate your skin. If you feel like letting your skin air dry then that is also a good idea.

Step 5. (Optional) Apply Toner
I’m currently jumping between a Clean & Clear toner and Proactiv Revatlizing toner. Take a cotton ball or cotton rounds; apply the toner sparingly; and, wipe your entire face. It will feel cool and tingly.

Step 6. Moisturize
To keep skin moisturized and fresh use lotions made specifically for the face. I use Proactiv Repairing Treatment along with Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer. You can find out about a moisturizer that also acts as a sun block. Remember, sun block does not prevent you from getting darker but it does prevent your skin from being burnt by the sun’s rays.

Peace, Love & Blaze,

Afayah