How clean is your face?


Clean and moisturized skin is a big deal! I have always had various soaps for morning, night, when wearing makeup, etc…but now I’m noticing the trend is catching on to the men-folk too!

Three Reasons to use a moisturizer after washing your face

Avoids future wrinkles

Moisturizer will keep moisture close to your skin making it plump and flexible. If your skin is dry and it is tugged, your skin fibers will crack causing wrinkles in the long term. Moisturized skin is hydrated skin, and hydrated skin is able to be stretched without leading to an elasticity breakdown. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

It makes makeup / foundation look more natural

Foundation that is placed top of moisturizer looks smoother since it integrates with the additional layer of moisturizer. For foundation that is applied to dry skin, it will look like powder, crack and have lines in it making it look fake. We have all seen examples of this – do not be one of those women (or men if you wear makeup for acting/photography purposes)!

Prevents Acne

Yes, contrary to popular belief, oil free moisturizers do prevent acne. Cheap moisturizers found in drug stores usually contain cheap ingredients and therefore are not so good for your skin.  By having closed pores, you can avoid putting makeup directly into open pores which eventually lead to acne.

Let me lay it out for you. These are our frequently used items:

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash 

(I typically only use this at night.)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
This oil-free formula gently cleanses deep down into pores for clear skin. It contains Salicylic Acid to get rid of acne you have now and help prevent future breakouts. Special skin soothers help prevent irritation and overdrying. Skin is left clean, residue-free and never oily.
  • Residue-free
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 

(The generic version from Walmart works just as well.)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Originally formulated for dermatologists, this cleanser is gentle on your skin and sensitive to your skin’s needs. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser will not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients, or disturb the skin’s natural pH balance. This dermatologist-recommended cleanser is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser is gentle enough for children, teens and adults.

Ambi Cocoa Butter Cleansing Bar

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

AMBI® Cocoa Butter Cleansing Bar goes beyond cleansing to naturally moisturize and help even out skin tone. Its creamy, rich lather gently yet effectively washes away surface impurities to reveal clean, smooth even-looking skin. Enriched with cocoa butter, dry skin is gently moisturized and softened.

  • 3.5 oz.
  • Enriched with Cocoa Butter to help soften and smooth dry skin
  • Gently moisturizes skin

Earth Science Almond Aloe Moisturizer

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Moisturize, nourish and protect your skin, every day. This very light but intensely nourishing lotion combines the benefits of Beta-Liposomes (nature’s tremendously effective skin softeners, soothers, and moisturizers) with herbal emollients and anti-oxidants to help protect skin from premature aging and wrinkling. Available in Lightly Scented, Fragrance Free and SPF-15 varieties. pH 5.5

Organic African Black Soap 

(I purchased mine from Sister’s Keeper.)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

This organic soap is friendly to your skin, friendly to the environment, and friendly to the people of the world.  It is all natural with no harmful chemicals, pore clogging preservatives, or artificial fragrances. The 4oz bars can be used to shampoo hair as well as cleanse your skin. African Black Soap works excellent for eczema, acne, dry skin, psoriasis, and blemishes. This soap easily doubles as a makeup remover.

Other products we use to cleanse and moisturize…

Curel Ultra Healing Lotion 

(The ingredients include glycerin and petroleum which some of you may frown upon; however, my 100 year old [step]grandmother has used vaseline on her face forever and she has few wrinkles and looks great!)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Ideal for severely dry skin, this ceramide-rich formula has been clinically proven to repair and renew extra dry skin two times better than the leading intensive lotion. It contains extra-strength, naturally hydrating agents to help even the driest skin feel immediately soft, supple, and restored.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub

(I only use this 2-3 times per week.)

          ApricotAPRICOT

  • APRICOTS are known to contain one of the highest levels of carotenoids (think vitamin A) and super-effective antioxidants. All of this natural power might seem, well, too powerful, but they are actually quite gentle and nourishing and they help make fresher, more nourished skin beautifully possible.
  • Corn Kernel MealCORN KERNEL MEAL
    CORN KERNEL MEAL is actually flour ground from dried corn. It’s a soft, but gently powerful all-natural exfoliant that promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Cornmeal makes softer-feeling, fresher skin possible.
  • WalnutWALNUT
    WALNUT is known for its hard shell, but when it’s ground, it becomes an amazingly effective, all-natural exfoliant ingredient in our scrubs. Not only are walnuts plentiful on the planet, they also help newer, healthier skin come to the surface.

 

Washing your face twice per day in cool water is best.  Cooler water helps to close the pores. Hot water dries out the skin.

Scrub in circular or up and down motions with the pads of your fingertips.

 I only blot with a face cloth to dry my skin after washing.  

When wearing makeup, I use Dove face cloths.

Men, don’t be afraid to moisturize! Your face will thank you!

Here is more info on washing your face…treat it right so you’ll age well.

A special thanks to Mr. Pipesworx for allowing me to snap a few pictures of his process because he is not a morning person:)!

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