I am frequently asked what I think is the most important thing to do regularly for healthy skin and without hesitation I have to say CLEANSING!
If you are not big on cleansing and rarely exfoliate you really aren’t doing your skin justice. Without a good daily cleanse the skin becomes blocked, dead skin cells build up on the surface and your skin becomes dull, lacklustre and congested. To make matters worse, your skin will not absorb all the wonderful serums and tonics you are applying, resulting in dry skin with underlying congestion.
This unfortunately becomes increasingly prevalent as we age. Our skin metabolism slows down and cellular turnover is diminished as we grow older, so if you don’t make cleansing and exfoliation key elements of your daily and weekly routine your skin will become increasingly problematic. Sadly, it is a myth that a revolutionary new serum or cream will remedy dry skin if the underlying issue of congestion is not addressed first.
Whilst cleansing is the ONE thing that you shouldn’t leave out of your skin care regime, it’s also really important to ensure that you are using the right cleanser for your skin. Our skin changes with the seasons, our environment and our hormones, so the cleanser you use should change as your skin does.
We are often led to believe that our skin must be vigorously scrubbed and left feeling tight to be clean. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A cleanser should gently remove impurities and dead skin cells whilst nourishing the skin with healthy botanicals.
One of the things that inspired me to create the Elemental Herbology range was the lack of products that felt good, were kind to the environment and, most importantly, were really effective.
So many cleansers on the market are far too harsh and aggressive, stripping the skin all of its natural oils and assaulting its barrier function leaving it dry, uncomfortable and more prone to pre-mature ageing.
We have two fabulous cleansers in our range that gently cleanse the skin: Cool & Clear is light, cooling and foaming; and Purify & Soothe is an oil-based cleansing balm that is rich in Essential Fatty Acids. The former is great for summer time, in a humid environment or if your skin is prone to frequent breakouts and congestion. It contains Green Tea, Aloe, Calendula, Water Lilly and Lavender Flower to deliver a really fresh and invigorating cleanse.
However, if you are 40 years plus, spend a lot of time in central heating, it is wintertime or you are a frequent traveller, using an oil-based cleanser rich in Essential Fatty Acids is a must. Our Purify & Soothe contains Sacha Inchi and Argan Oil. Sacha Inchi is one of the richest sources of Omega 3, 6 and 9 in any botanical oil and Argan Oil is the richest source of Vitamin E.
For best results you should warm the balm in the palms of your hands and then massage into the skin in small circular movements, from forehead to décolleté. It is essential to clean your skin for as long as you spend cleaning your teeth. By massaging the balm into the skin it will bring all the blood to the surface thereby helping improve circulation, removal of metabolic waste and ultimately resolve congestion.
Essential Fatty Acids also nourish the skin and improve the barrier function, making it less prone to sensitivities and assault from the environment.
Enjoy your cleanse,