Most of us spend a lot of time reading about skin care, researching products and figuring out the perfect CTM routine. Cleansers are particularly important as the foundation for the good skin care. No amount of moisturizers, acne creams and anti ageing creams can salvaged badly cleansed skin, clogged pores etc. Sometime in our quest for the perfect cleanser we forget that nature’s most effective cleanser is right at hand! Here are some tips for effective cleaning with just water! No cleanser at all. I have been trying this for a week and I must say there have been no adverse effects on my face. My face feels cleansed and fresh.
You will need:
- Warm tepid water. Do not use water that is too hot as you will damage the capillaries on your face which may result in broken capillaries. Using water that is too hot can also dry out your skin.
- Use a wash cloth, preferably pure cotton. Wash and sterilize each time you use it and use a fresh washcloth for each time that you wash your face.
- If you talk a walk or exercise, wash your face right after that.
- Steam your face for a bit with gentle steam which will help open up the pores. You could fill a large bowl with hot water and steam your face. Use fresh warm water to wash your face.
- You could add sea salt to water as salt is anti-bacterial. Gently massage your face with the salt granules for exfoliation. Alternately, you could also exfoliate with a few granules of sugar. Rub in circular motion to exfoliate
- Use a soft pure cotton wash cloth or a napkin but make sure you wash thoroughly and dry immediately after. Use a fresh napkin each time. I keep 2-3 napkins and keep washing and drying.
- After cleansing, splash water on your face and eyes several times. You will feel refreshed and calm and water has a soothing effect on the mind.
- Add a drop or two of olive oil or jojoba oil on your face after washing to moisturize your face.
When I don’t have the time to steam my face, I use a shortcut. Take a clean dry napkin or wash cloth, soak with water and zap in the microwave in a clean bowl for about 10 seconds. If its too hot let it cool. I rub the washcloth gently in circular motions and then splash my face with cold water.
This method is not a substitute for make-up remover, especially if you use water resistant oil based make up. The rule is ‘like speaks to like’ – water removes water-based make-up and oil removes oil based makeup. Use baby oil or olive oil to remove make up properly and then wash with water as described above.
Note: Sorry about the ‘no pics’ post. Its too dull to get decent light for photography and I am too paranoid to take anything off Google Images. Being a lawyer, I do not wish to plagiarize images and saying ‘images not owned by me and I will take them down’ is still plagiarism, unless the work is specially marked by the creator as OK to use.