7 Face Washing Tips and Techniques for Natural and Organic Looking Skin
Obviously, your face isn’t a car or a dirty dish. In fact, the facial skin is very different than even the skin on the rest of your body. So it makes sense that you wouldn’t wash your face like a car, a dish, or even the rest of your body. Just like your body, your car, or your dishes, specific items require different cleaning products that come with different washing techniques. Because your face has different PH requirements and is more sensitive than the skin elsewhere, a different approach to cleansing the face is a good idea. Cleaning your face properly can be the difference between having beautiful natural looking skin and having blotchy red skin prone to acne. The following is our recommendations for face washing techniques for organic and natural looking skin.
Step 1: Wash your hands before washing your face
After a long day of work, it’s tempting to scrub away at your face to race to bed. But putting the time and effort to prepare your facial cleansing routine will pay you back with beautiful vibrant skin in the long run. As part of your nightly routine, it’s important to wash your hands before doing anything else. Just like washing your car or your dish, you wouldn’t want to wash these items with a dirty rag. Dirty hands can introduce bacteria and dirt that ultimately ends up on the face. We suggest using an alcohol free antibacterial soap that will leave your hands smooth. Remember, what you use on your hands will end up on your face.
Step 2: Remove makeup
As much as you may love your makeup, most makeups have a habit of collecting dirt, bacteria, and pollution throughout the day. That’s why it’s important to remove this layer of grime before you attempt to deep clean your face. Using a cotton ball soaked in Rose Hydrosol is a gentle approach to wiping away this layer. We recommend SHABANA Rose Hydrosol for this task. Hydrosols help to maintain skin PH levels while gently removing unwanted filth. It also acts as a natural skin toner. When wiping away your makeup from your skin, use gentle swipes and don’t apply unnecessary force that can lead to pushing makeup deeper into the pores. You may need to use a few cotton balls soaked with hydrosol to get the best results. It depends on the type of day you’ve had.
Step 3: Rinse your face
There’s a misconception that dirt and bacteria will be trapped within pores if you use cold water. So, its logical for some to want to use very hot water to open up the pores enough to pull the dirt out. Unfortunately, the pore doesn’t act this way in real life. It’s best to use warm water. Using water that’s at extreme temperatures can cause skin irritation. That’s why we suggest using slightly above room temperature water. Think water left out in the sun for a bit. When rinsing, gently splashing water onto the face is more than enough. Rubbing your face at this stage isn’t necessary.
Step 4: A gentle wash
We are not saying that exfoliating is bad for your face. But daily exfoliating can lead to irritated skin. In fact, we advise that the layer of natural oil should be preserved and is actually good for your skin. Most people have a habit of reaching for the loofah or a washcloth when they wash their face. Unfortunately, these items can strip away that natural protective barrier and may end up irritating your skin further. Loofahs and washcloths can also be home to bacteria that could do more harm than good. We suggest using the tips of your fingers to cleans the face. Gentle circular motions with the tips of your fingers can preserve your natural oils and wash away unwanted particles at the same time. We recommend a face cleanser that has natural acids (salicylic acid, or glycolic acid) that can eat away at dead skin cells. Using the circular motion with the tips of your fingers, gently wash for 60 to 90 seconds. Don’t get into the habit of excessively washing your face. This could create more harm than good. After, gently rinse the skin with warm water.
Step 5: The drying process
Letting your face air dry or blowing hot air onto your skin may actually dry the skin out further. It’s important to gently pat your face down with a soft clean towel right after you wash your face. Do not add excessive force while drying and do not scrub your face with the towel. It’s alway better to pat down your face to reduce the chances of irritating your skin.
Step 6: It’s Tonner Time
Using a natural hydrosol at this stage is a good idea. Not only will this help tone your skin, but it will help protect the skin against bacteria that causes acne. We suggest spritzing this onto your face using a fine mist. It’s not necessary to rub this into the skin as hydrosols typically absorb into the skin very fast. You can let your face air dry at this stage.
Step 7: Moisturize
Now for the best part. Your skin craves nutrients just like any other part of your body. In order for your skin to create new healthy skin cells, your skin needs the proper building blocks. That’s why we recommend SHABANA Argan Oil or SHABANA PricklyPearSeed Oilfor this task. These oils are high in vitamin E which helps repair damaged skin and softens skin which erases fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrating your skin is very important before bedtime because as you sleep, your body does most of the repairing process during this time. Thankfully, moisturizing oils are absorbed very fast by the skin and does not leave a sticky, greasy film left behind like some other cheaper lotions. You will wake up the next day with softer, calmer, and smoother skin. We recommend using the tips of your fingers to rub the oils into the skin in a circular motion. These oils are potent, so you’ll only need 2 or 3 drops to apply to the face each night.
We hope that these face washing techniques for organic and natural looking skin helps you obtain the skin you desire. Remember, anything worthwhile in life takes patients and a little bit of work. But the results will be well worth it.