Skin cleansing is an important part of skin care. Do you know that skin cleansing can also benefit your body in many ways like eliminate harmful substances in your body, relieve you from stress and improve your overall well-being? Needless to say, skin cleansing shouldn’t be treated as an insignificant routine. But lately, it has been easier said than done.
Skin Cleansing and why it’s Important
The everyday demands of life bring so many pressures that greatly affect our skin as well as our entire wellness. The environmental dirt, smoke, pollutants that we are exposed to everyday is enough a reason for us to understand how imperative taking care of our skin is.
A skin that isn’t cleansed well will be more prone for skin problems such as premature wrinkles, acne, and blackheads and whiteheads. While there are many factors that causes skin problem, lack of skin cleansing still plays a great role in triggering the appearance of these problems. Therefore, skin care shouldn’t be taken granted and be done regularly.
Common Ways Skin Cleansing
There are many skin cleansing products available in the market and all claim to be the best. There are different skin types for every person, so one product that works for someone may not have the same result on another person.
For this reason, many varieties of cleansing products have been made available in the market and suit each and every kind of skin types. The basic skin types are: normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Each type requires a particular care and treatment. This should be considered when choosing a skincare product.
Common Skin Cleansers
Using Soap Cleansers
The most common used for skin cleansing is soap. Usually, soaps are filled with chemicals, ingredients and fragrances that are not fit for the skin. However, if using soap, it is best to go for mild soap-free cleansing bars that are composed of synthetic ingredients that contain a low PH. A low PH means low acidity for the skin and is preferable especially for those with sensitive skin. On the other hand, a high PH would agitate the acid mantle of skin and consequently, will cause skin irritations like itchiness and redness. Mild soaps are ideal for normal and sensitive skin types.
These cleansers are also mild and suits dry or sensitive skin perfectly. The ingredients of lipid-free cleansers include glycerin, cetyl, alcohol, stearyl alcohol, sodium laurel and sulfate among others. Besides cleansing, these ingredients can also moisturize the skin. It is not suitable for oily and acne-prone skin types though as it could only increase the skin’s oil production and make the skin look worse rather than treating it.
Facial scrubs not only deep cleanse the skin but also exfoliate it. Scrubs are a great part for skin exfoliating. It keeps the skin smooth and younger-looking. There are many kinds of scrubs in the market and most of them often come in different varieties that suits different skin types.
Aside from the common facial scrubs, there are also some abrasive ones. Though it doesn’t differ much from the conventional facial scrubs that come with mild beads, abrasive scrubs can be less suitable for the skin especially for sensitive ones because of its coarse texture. The scrubbing granules of those can cause the skin to be irritated and redness or slight wounds may be apparent on the skin.
Body Cleansing Methods That Help Body Alkalinity and Overall Health
Over the years, numerous skin cleansing methods had arrived in the skincare industry and while some don’t have a significant difference to the common ways of cleansing, some does bring a tremendous affect on the overall cleanliness as well as wellbeing of a person.
The alkaline diet is a kind of diet that focuses more on gaining more energy, and prevents diseases or weight gain. This is done by eating lots of fruits and leafy vegetables and avoiding dairy products, meat and foods rich in fats and calories.
When it comes to skin cleansing, do you know that there are also some methods that not only complements alkaline diet but also boosts the effectiveness of it? Here are some that you probably haven’t heard of before.
Epson Salt Bath
Epson bath is excellent for relieving stress and helps the body get rid of unwanted waste products. Its main ingredient is magnesium sulfate that absorbs the magnesium in the body and can then ease muscle tension or slight aches. Not only is it good for the skin but for the hair as well. To do this, simply mix the salts with hair conditioner. The result will be a shinier, healthier hair. Epson salt comes in many skincare products such as liquid cleanser, body scrub, facial masks and peels among many others.
Dry Brushing Exfoliation
Recommended by Dr. Paavo Airola, a Finish doctor, this method is popular among many European health spas. It originated from Russia, Turkey and Scandinavia as a treatment for many skin problems and is now being used today for its many benefits.
Dry brushing promotes proper function of the nervous system; tones the muscles, increase blood flow, helps get rid of cellulite for women, removes dead skin cells that result to improved skin texture, and many others. This is done by brushing the body using a natural bristle brush once a day, ideally in the morning, prior to bath or shower. The result will be an invigorated and energized feeling.
Sea Salt and Baking Soda for Bath
Sea salts are known not only good for its stress-relieving effects when used for bath, but also for its ability to remove body toxins, promote healthy blood circulation as well as boost the healthy functioning of skin. And by combining it with baking soda, a sea-salt bath can bring better result by leaving a clean and smooth feel on the skin afterwards. Baking soda is also good for healing minor skin irritations, redness, and itchiness. Sea salts and carbonated baking soda bath tablets are available in most body bath shops.
Although the idea of adding vinegar to bath may raise some eyebrows, this spa bath has proven its effectiveness in promoting healthy skin, blood circulation, body toning and renewal. Besides, it only takes a few cups of vinegar to be mixed in bath water to experience its effect. It can also be combined with chopped herbs like lemon grass, valerian root, and rosemary for an additional interest and rejuvenation. An alternative to ordinary vinegar can be organic apple cider or wine vinegar. Add ¼ to ½ cup of this vinegar to your bath water. It makes a great skin healing and firming tonic.
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These are just some of the many body skincare or cleansing methods that not only improve our skin condition but also the entire health as well. It’s a wonder how these things can have a tremendous effect in our lifestyles just by diligently making it a part of our skincare habits.