Why Wash Your Face?
I've been there - so tired at the end of the day all you want to do is drop into bed. You can barely manage properly brushing your teeth, much less washing your face.
Or you don't wear make-up, stay in all day, and don't "feel" dirty. Do you really need to wash your face?
The answer is YES. Everyone needs to wash their face (even men) at least once, in the evening before bed. Make it a RULE in your life! The secret to Glowing skin is in your cleansing ritual.
✔️ Because over the course of the day your skin is exposed to many levels of pollution including touch. Even if it is just from your own hands, pollution is carried to your skin on your fingertips.
✔️ Your skin also is naturally producing oil all day long, daily cleansing helps balance sebum/oil production.
✔️ Washing your face clears your skin to better receive all the face oils, serums, and moisturizers some of us choose to apply. Skipping proper cleansing or shorting yourself on your cleanser will keep your more expensive skin nutrition products from working at their optimum levels.
✔️ Washing your face is one of the most basic acts of selfcare. If you do nothing else for yourself all day long, at least brush your teeth and wash your face before going to bed.
When and how should you wash your face?
✔️ At minimum, everyone should wash their face at night before going to bed. If you only wash once per day be sure to rinse with lukewarm water in the morning.
✔️ If you wear makeup or spend time outdoors, wash morning and night for a deeper pore cleanse.
✔️ If you have oily skin, wash morning and night to help correct the overbalance of oil.
✔️ Always use a fresh, clean washcloth when washing your face. Stock up so you have plenty on-hand at all times.
✔️ Always apply cleanser to a dry face. Wetting your skin before cleansing will only serve to dilute the effectiveness of your cleanser. You want the full effectiveness of all the good ingredients in your cleanser.
Types of Cleansers
There are two primary types of cleansers - water based cleansers and waterless or oil-based cleansers.
Don't be thrown off by the terms "oil-based" and "waterless". These cleansers still use water to work, its just not part of the cleanser formulation.
Water Based Cleansers -
This category of cleansers include water in their formulations. They include foaming cleansers, lotion type cleansers, and many types of gel cleansers. Willow & Iris Gentle Purifying Cleanser is Brown Barn's water based cleanser. Apply to damp skin using circular motions, massage briefly, remove with tepid water.
Water based cleansers are lighter going on and feel lighter to the touch going on. They work well for those with oily skin as they can be slightly drying.
Waterless Cleansers -
Oil-based (or waterless) cleansers are made without water in their formulations. For our purposes, we include cleansing bars in this category. Oil Based cleansers (not including our cleansing bar) work well for all skin types, but especially dry and aging skin as they tend to be less harsh.
Brown Barn's Deep Cleansing Bar is a great option for those with oily skin who do not wish to use a water-based cleanser. It is perfect for oily or ruddy skin.
Tea Tree & Rosemary Goat's Milk Deep Cleansing Bar. This is a solid bar formulated with pH balancing Goat's Milk and includes fine French Green Clay for a touch of exfoliation. Simply wet the bar and create a lather in your hands, apply to dry skin. I allow this bar to sit on my face for a few moments to allow the French Green Clay to perform a mini mask. Then remove. Exfoliating, pore cleansing all-in-one.
7 Day Glow CLARIFY BHA Hydrating Cleanser. CLARIFY Hydrating Cleanser is an oil based cleanser - that means no sulfates or foaming agents. Massage onto dry skin, wet fingertips and massage a minute more to activate, rinse. Skin is left clean, smooth, and hydrated. Made with Beta Hydroxy Acid for a bit of exfoliation and balancing while cleansing.
In the end, the best way to choose your cleanser is to try different types. Start with your skin’s basic needs - is your skin oily? (Start with water-based or our Deep Cleansing Bar) or Dry? (Try 7 Day Glow’s CLARIFY cleanser).
Remember, regardless of the type of cleanser you use - wash your face at least once a day before bed.
For more information on cleansing be sure to read our blog "Double Cleansing".
Christine Untiedt, Founder, Brown Barn Botanicals
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