How To Prepare Skin At Home | STOP using face wash!
You are causing more damage – it is ageing your skin.
Preparing your skin is an essential part of your skin health routine.
It can get very confusing as there is a lot of advice and products out there that promise to solve all your skincare issues – but trust me they are not telling you the truth.
As a skin facialist and nutritional therapist I call myself a Skin Health Expert. Let me share with you what I have learnt about how to improve your skin health for younger looking skin - naturally.
Learn more about how to exfoliate dead skin using liquid exfoliators for your face and stop using foaming face washes and face scrubs.
How you clean, cleanse and exfoliate your skin will impact the quality of your skin health each day.
Think of the preparation phase as the foundation of addressing all your skin concerns. When done incorrectly face scrubs and harsh exfoliating can be the root cause of most common symptoms, such as dry or dehydrated skin, oily, open pores, blackheads, hormonal outbreaks, fine lines wrinkles and lack of tone.
Skin Health Routine at Home
Preparing your skin is easy to remember as the three Rs:
- Remove your makeup
- Remove natural impurities
- Remove dead skin cells each day
Preparing your skin is first to clean then cleanse to remove the dirt and the grime. Finish with balancing the pH on your skin to exfoliate yesterday's skin cells naturally.
The preparation phase will nurture the cells beneath and ensures the skin cells communicate kindly with each other rather than having an augment or dealing with inflammatory or toxic invaders each day.
Preparation Skin Care Products
The main products to use in preparing your skin are:
- Clean - Micellar water
- Cleanse - Cleansing milk or cleansing oils,
- Exfoliate - pH balancers, such as AHAs, BHAs, PHAs.
The products in the preparation phase will independently do their job, but as a team, they formulate a skin health routine that can create stronger skin cell each and every day.
Take a look at the products I use - PREPARE
Preparing your skin will enhance the next phase of targeting your skin concerns. There is no point adding active targeted serums or boosters, such as peptides for firming or retinol for wrinkles when your skin cells are arguing with each other.
How to clean your skin at home
The most common culprit is the use of foaming face wash or soap-based products. Anything that lathers on your skin and works with water.
These products contain high levels of a foaming agent called Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
The main issue with this ingredient is it alkaline and will raise the pH of your skin from naturally level of pH 4.7. Up to over 7 or 8 depending on the chemical formula and the other ingredient in the products
As a result, your skin will feel tight after you have washed it. Some people like that feeling but the is issue that more commonly when you add a pH balancer or other exfoliants on top of this, you will reduce the pH too quickly.
The pH balancer is a liquid exfoliator approach, but even if you do not use a liquid exfoliator you will more likely be using a retinol or vitamin c serum as your actives and these also have an exfoliation or pH balancing effect.
Initially may not notice much change, but over time, as a consequence of this constant change in pH levels, your skin cells become exhausted and weak. The skin cell communication will break down and your skin health will suffer. Your skin will show dehydrated symptoms, such as the blackheads, the open pores, the oily forehead, and even worse Millia, outbreaks and blemishes.
As a result, most people think they have dehydrated skin and keep adding hydrating thick creams for 'dry' skin type. Which as I have explained in maintain skin health will not stop dehydration. Your cream can only preserve and protect existing hydration you already have not create it within the skin cell.
Liquid Exfoliators for Skin
Whenever looking to use any pH balancing of exfoliating products, it is essential to start slow and low and gently exfoliate from a neutral pH level. Micellar waters and cleansing oils or milk to clean your skin. These will keep your skin around the pH4.7.
The pH balancing products are the key to the secret for younger looking skin. But like most things you've got to get it right as they form part of the exfoliation process of your dead skin cells. The idea is to naturally melt away rather than scrub out the dead skin cells.
As this will encourage fresh new skin cell to come to the surface, all hydrated and bursting full of nutrients to give you that bright glowy complexion that you want.
Scrubbing with the wrong kind of exfoliator can cause damage to the epidermis, and your skin cells won't like you for it.
Exfoliation of Dead Skin
Ideally, it would be best if you use a liquid exfoliator with natural enzymatic reactions that break down the glue adherens junctions to hold the cells together. Liquid exfoliators allow targeted serums and creams afterwards to efficiently do their job to target the skin concerns to nourish, hydrate, and then your creams can protect your skin cells.
The most popular recognized liquid exfoliators, are AHAs. These are water soluble and more often derive from sort of glucose, milk, fruit sugars.
- Lactic acid from milk
- Malic acid from almond.
- Citric acid from lemons and oranges.
- Phytic acid from oats
For sensitive or reactive skin AHAs needs to be combined with PHAs to reduce the sensitivity, but the aim is to drop the pH below the four and to give it that natural skin cell turnover gently every day.
Remember, the approach should always be slow and low.
If you want to address pro aging skin concerns such as wrinkles and improving tone, you must address the daily preparation of your skin first.
To summarise if you have dehydrated skin, open pores, blackheads, oily foreheads and chin, and blemishes, the pH of your skin is out of balance.
Take my Skin Health Quiz and rate your skin so you can drill down and focus on which part of your skin health routine needs your attention.
If you score less than six out ten, then your skin health home routine should be your primary focus, however, if you score over six, you can start to look to treat your skin at home or in-clinic as you skin health is potentially functionally to its best ability and now you can move forward and spend your time and money on boosters and serums.
To conclude your daily skincare routine should start with the preparation phase of clean, cleansing and naturally exfoliating your skin gently every day. Before you even consider investing in targeted serums and creams.
If you're struggling with the said mentioned symptoms, focus your time and money at the preparation phase for younger clear looking skin.
Review what you've already got at home and have a look the ingredient in your products that clean your skin. Want something new take a look at the [PREPARE]
Remember to invest in your skin health, not just skincare for younger looking skin – naturally after 40.
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