Cleanse – Exfoliate – Tone – Moisturise
Between product overload and aggressive advertising, it’s likely that a lot of you either end up with a stash of tubes and tubs OR you simply cannot be bothered with trying products altogether! Cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise – yes, heard it over and over again. Below are brief reasons why each step is important, how regularly they should be performed and a couple of simple DIY methods that work just as well, if not better than most products on the shop shelves. CLEANSE (Daily) This first step should never be skipped, if your face is dirty then the next steps will be a waste of time. Cleansing removes excess oil (skin oils), bacteria, make up and other impurities from your skin and helps improve its general health. DIY: Oil cleansing method Make sure your hands are thoroughly clean. Take some almond oil and rub on your face for a couple of minutes. Get a face towel, soak it in hot water, wring it out and pat your face to remove the oil. This can be repeated 3 times to remove any excess oil. Splash your face with cold water (this last step should be omitted if you will be exfoliating straight after).
EXFOLIATE (2-3 times a week) This process is key to getting that healthy, bright, even complexion skin. It does so by getting rid of dead skin from the surface of the skin. When you rid yourself of dead skin, exfoliating also helps to keep the pores from clogging up – this reduces the chances of accumulating blackheads and spots. Lastly, exfoliating speeds up the process of the skin renewal process – goodbye dead skin, hello new skin! DIY 1 of 3: Black soap Exfoliate your face with black soap using exfoliating gloves – that simple! DIY 2 of 3: Brown sugar/oil of choice (we recommend coconut oil) Mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with a handful of brown sugar. Apply to face, exfoliate and rinse off when you have enough of gentle scrubbing. DIY 3 of 3: Maize meal/oil(s) of choice Take a cup of maize meal, add any oil or oils to the moisture until the maize meal has absorbed the oil. Do not drench the maize meal – it should still be grainy. When you are ready to use, take good pinch of the mixture, add a few drops of water and apply to the face. Exfoliate then rinse face. Keep the rest of the maize meal/oil mix in a cool dry place and re-use as often as needed for the face or body.
TONE (Daily) This third step simply cleanses deeper, purifies your pores and helps with the hydrating process by restoring the natural pH level of the skin. DIY: Lemon/honey toner Whisk 1 egg white, whisk in 1-2 teaspoons honey then add the 1 teaspoon of lemon. Apply on the face, leave for 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. (Do not use for longer than a few days, max 1 week). Alternatively, use witch hazel!
This is pretty self explanatory – restoring moisture to dry skin! For best results, follow the 1-2-3-4 step along with drinking plenty of water throughout the day (make it to at least 2.5-3 litres as day). DIY: Almond oil That’s it, apply almond oil to the face. For best results, do not completely dry off the face after toning – this helps to maximise of the hydration process. Do you have any DIY recipes to share with us?