Regular skin cleansing is a necessary part of keeping your body looking and feeling great – but if you’re not doing it the right way, you could be doing more damage than good. Cleansing your skin keeps your complexion looking healthy and clear by removing dead skin cells, excess oil, and unclogging pores, and it helps stimulates circulation and detoxification. However, using harsh soaps and chemicals can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated, causing flaking or cracking and making any wrinkles or fine lines more noticeable.
A natural cleanse will clean your skin and still allow it to retain a sufficient amount of moisture, making it softer, clearer, and smoother. This doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming – these tips will help you cleanse your skin in a natural way, without much change to your normal routine.
Use cold water
While warm water helps to open your pores and flush some of the impurities out of your skin, cold water does the exact opposite. When you rinse your face with cold water, your pores close up again – tightening your skin and helping to fight some of the sagging and inflammation that come with aging.
Be sure to clean your face thoroughly with warm water first to remove any make-up, oil, dirt, or residue, before switching to cold water for a rinse. The shrinking effect cold water has on your pores can make them disappear completely, leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy.
It seems counterproductive, since one of the benefits of cleansing your skin is to remove oil – but healthy skin needs the right balance of oils. Using chemical-laden soaps will dry your skin out, encouraging it to produce even more oil to try and overcompensate for the loss of moisture.
Everyone’s skin is unique, so there is no certain type of oil that should be used. Try out a variety of oils, like jojoba, coconut, almond, grape-seed, or avocado, to see what works best on your skin, and apply that oil as part of your usual skin cleansing routine.
Exfoliating your skin is a great way to shed dry skin cells and get your blood moving, but most of the exfoliants you use on your body are too harsh to use on your face. Exfoliants with sharper, jagged edges can damage the sensitive skin on your face by causing small tears that could lead to blemishes or an uneven skin tone.
You can make your own body scrubs by combining oil with other natural ingredients like sugar, salt, or coffee grounds, and use gentler natural exfoliants like strawberries, honey, yogurt, or baking soda. However, since there are no chemicals or preservatives added to these products, you need to use your homemade exfoliating scrub right away.
There is maybe nothing better for your skin than a healthy diet. Feeding your body nutritious foods will help you look and feel your best – giving you a brighter, clearer complexion and a lot more energy. Foods that include sugar, simple carbohydrates, salt, and trans-fats can all contribute to duller-looking skin, excess oil production, inflammation, and acne. While making changes to your diet might be difficult, it will pay off with more than just clear skin.
Exercising or sitting in a sauna can help cleanse your skin by using your sweat to push out impurities and toxins. This is a great natural way to keep your skin looking clean and healthy, while providing you with a host of other benefits – boosting your metabolism, stimulating your immune system, and helping with stress management. If your gym has a sauna, you can easily switch up your routine to take advantage of both of these natural skin cleansing methods by unwinding with a nice steam after powering through a tough workout.
There are plenty of things you can do to keep your skin looking good, but a natural cleanse is one of the quickest ways to see a difference. Switching up your routine to include a few of these tips will make your skin healthier and more radiant – giving you a boost of confidence every time you look in the mirror.
This article was donated by Jon Reyes from Steam Shower Store. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community with his articles high in demand.