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Sunday, 13 February 2011

The Perfect Skincare Routine


A skincare routine should be cleansing, toning and moisturising - these three you do every day. This does not include makeup removal which you would do prior to the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine.

If your skin is very dry, you could simply tone and moisturise in the morning, saving the cleansing for evening only.

Knowing your skin type will help you choose which natural beauty recipes to use in your skincare routine.

On top of this daily routine, you should deep cleanse on a regular basis. Deep cleansing can be done with mud masks or skin peels but don't be alarmed... all of these can be made from very natural and simple ingredients.

How often is a regular deep cleanse? Well, once again it depends upon your skin type. And everyone is different so you will have to experiment to see how it goes... but a good guideline is that you need to deep cleanse your pores about once a fortnight... increase or decrease this as you adjust your routine, based upon how your skin looks and feels. I have a greasy complexion and I need to deep cleanse about once a week... but sometimes twice a week... it depends what I see in the mirror every day!

There is also an extra step that many people forget about...

Feeding your skin.
This is required less frequently when you are young and more often as you get older. Feeding involves using creams, serums or face masks with more nourishing ingredients. Sometimes these are best applied at night as they tend to be richer and oilier than a daily moisturiser.

Even oily skins need to be fed... but if you have an oily skin you may like to choose recipes that include less 'greaasy' feeling ingredients, or ingredients that are absorbed into the skin more quickly. There are a number of plant oils suitable for oily skin. It's up to you to do a little reading and then choose one and try it out. There isn't a quick fix for this... I can't just tell you to use this organic face cream or that cold cream, you really do have to put a little effort in to understanding your own skin.

Yes I know this blog does seem to be veering away from it's title - Soap Teacher - Once all this theory stuff is on the site I promise there will be more posts of soap making recipes. Honest!

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