A Skin Briefing: Basic Skincare

It’s still summer, but it’s not too early to start thinking about getting perfect skin for next year. So. I’ll go with a basic briefing.

1) Wash your face twice a day with a mild soap. Not Dove soup from a bar, but good soap 🙂 I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. It’s scentless but very good on the skin. I also use Dr. Wood’s Pure Peppermint Castile Soap, which I simply LOVE. It gives you a fresh feeling all over.

2) Exfoliate three times a week. What is an exfoliator, you ask? It’s basically something that has a gritty texture. You rub it on your face and wash it off, leaving your face softer. Kind of like a sandpaper, but don’t rub it too hard. I use Burt’s Bees’ Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub.

3) Put on lotion. One rule to remember: what smells good doesn’t mean that it’s good for your skin. So that means ditch Bath & Body Works and go for Whole Foods. I use lotion from Jason’s Cosmetics because it doesn’t irritate my skin. Make sure to apply after showers and washing your face. Burt’s Bees also has insane awesome lotions for you to use, and much better scents.

4) Give yourself facials. Steam your face first by boiling water and holding your face over the steam with a towel over your head to direct the steam to your skin (it opens up the pores), or, if you’re in a shortage for time, simply moisten a towel with hot water and put it on your face. Then put a mask on (I use green or white sea clay, red irritates the skin), being careful to avoid the delicate area around the eyes, and wash it off after 20 minutes.  Splash cold water on your face (it closes the pores) and put on a face lotion. Once a week, or once every two weeks, would be good.

4) Eat right. Organic, avoiding the synthetic stuff. Fruits and vegetables are good. Avoid an overload of fatty foods. They make your skin oily and clog up your pores easily.

5) Drink lots of water. It gives your skin shine 🙂


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