Only wash your face with warm water first thing in the morning (no soaps or facial cleaners)
This is a big secret that product companies don’t want you to know. Imagine – you are cutting the use of their products in half! But the reality is that during the night, your skin and skin cells are regenerating. The oils that your skin produces in the night are the most precious oils. If you strip them off by washing them away with strong chemicals or soaps and then putting back in less beneficial or nourishing creams, it is time to consider a change. Your face is not dirty after sleeping - it is at the end of the day that you need to clean the skin thoroughly to remove dead skin cells and dirt and makeup. So stick with warm water in the morning and give it 7-10 days for your skin to adjust to the change.
A few little beauty secrets:
Switch between your favourite brands but don’t mix them on your face
We humans are highly adaptive and our skin is no exception. If you have 2 or 3 favourite products, take turns using them and you will retain that “wonder effect” that you experienced the first time around. However, use up a full pot of one brand before switching to another brand. Don’t mix different brands on your skin. If you have a toner and cleanser and moisturiser from brand A, see it through to the end and then switch to the scrub and mask and spray of brand B.
You don’t need to use as much facial cream(or products in general) as they recommend
There are 2 key ways to hydrate your skin, by drinking water and by having a layer of water on your skin before applying a facial cream or oil. The reality is that just like Italian cooking, it isn’t the quantity that counts but the quality of the ingredients. When you use very high quality ingredients, you don’t need to use very much. So after washing your face or getting out of the shower, don’t dry the face but pat it a little so that it is still damp before applying your cream or oil. Your skin will absorb it better, your face will be silkier soft and you will spend significantly less money in the long run.
Only put on your skin that which you would put in your mouth
There’s a simple rule, if you don’t know what an ingredient is, don’t put it on your skin. Your skin is a living, breathing organ and you should feed it the best possible nourishment. Go sustainably organic and even biodynamic to ensure that you are really giving yourself the best possible ingredients. Check those marketing words and read labels. Organic is going mainstream, which is good news but pay attention to the details and check that the marketing matches the reality.
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