Even the simplest skincare routine needs an effective cleanser. Makeup, dead skin cells, sebum, and just the daily dust and grime all accumulate on our skin during the day. With green cleaning, you get rid of this guck using products without harsh detergents, preservatives, fragrances,s or enhancers.
There are several chemicals to avoid in our daily beauty products and most cleansers are not an exception. Many non-foaming cleansers contain mineral oil, a hormone-disrupting stearic acid, and drying propylene glycol. Foaming cleansers rely on sodium Laureth sulfate to create the suds that we have been conditioned to associate with clean.
Forget the skin typing marketing ploy. Pay attention to your skin’s need, experiment a little and choose a cleansing method which works for you.
If you are starting your natural beauty journey or just looking for a change, try any of the methods below to clean and nourish your skin.
Try a natural oil cleansing method. Cleaning your face with oil might seem counterproductive. Surely adding oil to your face will make you break out? Nope. Oil cleansers are gentler to the skin and will not aggravate acne.
Like dissolves like and since most of the grime that collects on your face during the day is oil-based (makeup, sebum, etc), the oil will help loosen this dirt.
Always use high-quality oils that are organic and cold-pressed. There are a number of oils to choose from. If your skin is feeling dry, try avocado or apricot kernel oil. Jojoba oil is great for all skin types as well as sweet almond and grapeseed oil.
Add a few drops of something special like argan oil or peppermint and rose essential oils. Experiment with different oils and combinations and find the best one for your skin.
Oil cleansing is simple. First, rinse your face with warm water. Then, massage a small amount of oil onto your skin with a circular motion and upward strokes around your neck.
Be extra gentle around your eyes. Soak your washcloth in warm or hot water and lay it on your face. Leave it for about 20 seconds, then wipe the oil away.
The double cleansing method adds an additional step. Massage a cleansing cream, gel, oil, or organic plant bar soap into your skin after your oil cleansing.
Both methods will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
Make your own cleansers. You can tailor the formulations to your needs. Most recipes require only three or four ingredients and a few minutes to complete. If you want a foaming cleanser, start with water and a liquid castile soap base. you are acne-prone.
Place in a foaming dispenser and start cleansing. Experiment with other ingredients like raw honey and aloe vera gel to help calm the skin.
If you are not interested in making your own products, there are several natural products you can online and in stores. Look for brands like Trevarno, NUXE, and Bareskin Beauty.