Cleansing, Toning & Moisturizing
How it works
Did you know soaps really are not so efficient in removing oily residue from your skin. There are few skin care mistakes you can make that are as grave as this one.
Our Skin is Acidic, while Soap is Alkaline-Based.
Your skin’s natural barrier is made up of acid mantle. When the pH scale shows 7, it is neutral. Anything below that is acidic and above it is alkaline. Our skin’s pH balance is generally between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily. Soap, on the other hand, is extremely alkaline and goes towards the other extreme. So, if you use soap on your skin, it messes with its pH balance and acid mantle, causing it to make skin conditions worse. Hence, it is best to avoid using soap on your face.
And no, even if your skin is oily, this does not justify you using soap on your face. Soap strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it tight and dry. If you feel like your skin is very oily, use a face wash, especially suited for oily skin that will wash off the oils and dirt from the surface of the skin but, will not disturb the skin’s delicate pH balance. Washing your face with soap is like washing it with a dish washing liquid or detergent.
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How do cleansing Creams work?
Cleansers may come in many different kinds of creams with their own methods of application. Some kinds might need to be applied to wet skin, massaged in until it forms a rich lather and then rinsed off. Others, such as cold cream simply might require being applied to the skin and allowed to sit for a period of time before being either wiped off or removed with water.
If cleansing creams have maintained their popularity for so many years, there must be something to their success.
Cleansing creams washes and moisturizes your skin, getting rid of dirt, sweat, makeup and bacteria. It is usually made from a combination of mineral oil, petroleum, water and waxes.
If you have excessively dry skin, lipid-free cleansers might be the best choice for you. These soap-free cleansers gently remove dirt while leaving behind an invisible layer of film to seal in moisture.
METHOD: Apply cleansing cream ( it will also help remove your make up). Massage it into the skin with circular strokes. Smooth-en the cream around the cheeks, chin, concentrating on the nose and the forehead (T – Zone).
Take a damp cotton pad or a cleansing sponge and wipe the cream off gently. Rinse the face and apply a toner and then a moisturizer.
Toning : Applying a small amount of toner to a soft cotton ball or pad and gently blotting and wiping your face with it will remove oil and give the appearance of smaller pores. Using a toner helps to restore this balance quickly, toners can help close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, thus reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin. It can even protect and remove chlorine and minerals present in tap water.
Some toners are humectants, which mean that they help to bind moisture to the skin. It refreshes the skin. Toners can also be used in lieu of washing your skin when it’s oily or dirty. It will leave your skin revitalized, even when you’re on-the-go.
It can prevent ingrown hair: Toners containing glycollic or other alpha hydroxy acids can help to prevent ingrown hair.
ACNE AND A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM
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What Causes Acne and what is the remedy
Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles.
Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. Human skin has pores (tiny holes) which connect to oil glands located under the skin. The glands are connected to the pores via follicles – small canals. These glands produce Sebum, an oily liquid. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. A small hair grows through the follicle out of the skin. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, resulting in an accumulation of oil under the skin.
Types of Acne
1. Whitehead – remain under the skin and are very small.
2. Blackheads – clearly visible, they are black and appear on the surface of the skin. Remember that a blackhead is not caused by dirt. Scrubbing your face vigorously when you see blackheads will not help.
3. Papules – visible on the surface of the skin. They are small bumps, usually pink.
4. Pustules – clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are red at their base and have pus at the top.
5. Nobules – clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are large, solid pimples. They are painful and are embedded deep in the skin.
6. Cysts – clearly visible on the surface of the skin. They are painful, and are filled with pus. Cysts can easily cause scars.
1. Benzoyl Peroxide – kills bacteria and slows down your glands’ production of oil.
2. Salicylic Acid – helps break down blackheads and whiteheads, also reduces shedding of cells which line the follicles of the oil glands, effective in treating inflammation and swelling.
3. Sulphur – helps break down blackheads and whiteheads.
4. Topical antimicrobial: (topical = applied to the skin or mucus membranes) As with oral antibiotics, the aim of topical antimicrobial for the treatment of acne is to reduce P. acne populations. Topical antimicrobial are used in patients with moderate to severe acne. Examples may be Clindamycin, Erythromycin, and Sodium Sulfacetamide.