The simple rule of beauty is that clean skin is healthy and beautiful skin, but picking the right cleansing routine amidst the cacophony of washes, wipes, masks, scrubs, and exfoliators calling out for your attention can be daunting and confusing at the same time. A delicate balance needs to be striked between over drying and sapping your skin of natural oils and eliminating dirt and make-up agents that can lead to acne and inflammation. So we at Zinn decided to simplify your skin cleansing choices with our insights into what to look for in a cleansing routine.
We recommend a facial cleanser in the night to wash away the day’s dirt and grime, an exfoliating scrub every 3 days to dislodge the blackheads and dirt particles that seep under your skin, and a facial mask once a week to further clean, remove dead skin and improve your skin tone. I am a facial toner buff and count on it to wipe away residual dirt from my skin but many beauty experts feel otherwise. They say that if your cleanser is effective then you don’t need a toner so this is what I do… use a mild facial wash, then follow up with a toner and if specks of dirt shows up on the cotton pad then I feel that justifies its use. On the days when I wear make-up, I use a cleansing wipe or milk to get rid of the make-up first before the face wash. But the thumb-rule is not to apply everything together, which means leave out the toner if you have already used a make-up dissolving wipe. Every 2-3 days, switch the wash for the scrub, paying attention to problem-prone areas like the nose and the chin where you tend to collect blackheads or white heads and wash away with lukewarm water. Finally, top up your cleansing regime with a facemask suitable for your skin type, made from pantry essentials or natural ingredients that cater to your skincare needs.
To follow these simple skin-cleansing tips, choose a natural ingredient based product line that works well for you unless you are a make-it-at home beauty treatment buff. We have put together a list of 5 natural skin-cleansing ingredients that work miraculously on most skin types:
Seaweed: Found in a number of skincare lines, the ocean vegetable or seaweed has Vitamin A and C for holding together the skin’s collagen, and potent antioxidants with healing and rejuvenating properties. The phyto nutrients present also help increase blood flow at the surface of the skin, hence making it supple, smooth and radiant.
Argan Oil: Packed with antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fats omega 6 and 9, Argan oil based cleansers work wonders on dry skin and aging skin by preventing the loss of moisture while cleansing, softening and evening out your skin for a radiant glow.
Tea-tree oil: An effective antiseptic and fungicide, look out for this ingredient if you have sensitive and acne prone skin. It removes pore bacteria to prevent further out breaks and the deep cleansing properties repair your skin after pollutant and toxin exposure.
Green tea: Products that have green tea are gentle on your face but are capable of deep cleansing your pores and the high amounts of antioxidants fight skin damaging environmental pollutants and sun damage.
Aloe Vera: A combination of many different vitamins and minerals, aloe gel gets further into your skin than many other products for cleansing. The best part about aloe vera is that it is 96% water, which is the best natural hydrant for your skin.
Have you discovered a natural ingredient that you find irresistible for your skin? Share with us…