There are four major steps in a skin care routine, which are cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing. Sometimes other processes can be added such as using a serum or applying a mask as needed. On the topic of skincare routines, we will be taking you through a 4 step journey in the next few weeks to shed some light on each step. First up is cleansing.
WHY YOU SHOULD USE FACIAL CLEANSERS
You may think that cleaning your face should end at just washing your face with any odd soap but that is not the case. Soap doesn’t necessarily get 100% dirt off your face especially if you wear makeup and this is the reason why you should use facial cleansers.
The skin on your face is more sensitive than other parts of your body, the skin is very thin and is exposed to a lot of external factors and bacteria daily from make-up, touching our faces, sweating, being in polluted areas etc. All these factors damage the skin and this is the reason why cleansing your face twice a day to remove the dirt and debris is a crucial part of any skin care routine.
If you have makeup on, remove your makeup with a makeup remover, body oil or oil-based cream. The next step is to wash your face with a mild soap then cleanse after drying with a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type. Apply cleanser on your skin and rub gently in a circular manner and wash your face again with water.
Cleansing should be done twice a day (morning and night) as they have different functions at the different times. Cleansing your face in the morning helps to prevent oil production (sebum) and cleansing at night helps to rid your skin from all the pollution it experienced during the day and prep your skin for night time rejuvenation. A good facial cleansing routine will remove excess sebum, make-up, dead skin cells and dirt from the skin’s surface and help to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FACIAL CLEANSER FOR YOU.
- Know and understand your skin type, know the cleanser that suits it best. If you have dry skin then avoid using cleansers with high alcohol content, if you have oily skin then you should use a cleanser with a lower PH level and if your skin is sensitive then use a cleanser without heavy fragrances and additives.
- The form of the cleanser also matters. Cream based cleansers are great for dry skin while gel or foamy cleansers are better for oily skin types.
- If you use a lot of make-up then get a cleanser that focuses on make-up removal.
- Use a cleanser with balanced PH level to aid your skins natural balance.
- If you are allergic to some ingredients then use a cleanser made out of natural products.
- If you tend to sweat a lot then use a cleanser that focuses on clogged pores.
If you want to go the DIY all natural route, which we believe in at ORÍKÌ, then here are some natural cleaning methods below:
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar helps to revive your skin's pH levels to help soothe breakouts, prevent clogged pores and keep your skin from becoming too dry or too oily. The pH level of apple cider vinegar is very close to the ideal pH of human skin. Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 teaspoons of water, shake well and apply to your washed face with a cotton ball or pad in a circular motion.
- OLIVE OIL AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Olive oil is a great natural moisturizer for dry skin and its antioxidants and good fats also help reduce free radicals, which can relieve irritated or sunburnt skin. Mix 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup water, apply to your face and leave it overnight. It will work to lighten dark spots, kill bacteria, and make your skin smooth and clear.
The citric acid from lemon kills acne-causing bacteria and the enzymes in the citrus help clear away dead skin. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl, dip a cotton ball into the juice and rub in circular motions on your face and leave it for some minutes before rinsing it off. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with some water to make it suitable for your skin type because using undiluted lemon juice may irritate your skin.
- OATMEAL PURIFYING CLEANSER
Try ORÍKÌ’s Oatmeal purifying cleanser. It has a generous amount of sunflower and organic jojoba oil infused to enhance hydration, also includes oat flour, soothing aloe and sea buckthorn oil to nourish and moisturize the skin while promoting radiant skin, without leaving an oily residue. The oatmeal purifying cleansing cream is great for dry and normal skin types. Learn more about our oatmeal purifying cleanser here.
- ILLUNINATING CLEANSING CREAM WITH ACAI BERRY
This cleanser is highly potent in vitamin C and betahydroxy that gently sweeps away dead skin cells. It is derived from acai berry, raspberry and cranberry which protect the skin’s natural moisture mantle against sun and environmental change. Gently massage a small amount of cleanser on your face and neck and rinse after some minutes. Learn more about ORÍKÌ’s illumination cleansing cream with acai berry here.