So you've got a great skincare routine down pat. Every morning, you wash, rinse, apply sunscreen, and moisturize. Before you lay your pretty face on your pillow at night, you repeat many of the same procedures, adjusting your products to prepare for slumber by utilizing great night and eye creams. It seems that you've got it all figured out in the facial health department, so what could possibly be impeding healthy skin?
Alas, the act of applying cleansers to your face doesn't necessarily mean you're engaging in the act of cleaning it. Not deeply, at least. Great daily cleansers are great for just that -- daily cleansing. They're responsible for removing the past few hours' worth of grit, grime, makeup, sweat, and other pore-clogging elements. Unfortunately, despite your daily cleanser's best efforts, a certain amount of grime will always be intent on doing far more dirty work than your daily dose of facial cleanser is equipped to handle.
When it It Time for a Deep Cleanse?
The short answer to this question is this: There is no right answer. Everybody's skin is different, which means it all collects dirt and oil at different levels. Beyond this, your own activities, diet, and climate can impact your deep-cleansing calendar.
Here are some examples:
Winter Weather. Frigid winter weather (and the accompanying need for heaters) has a tendency to be ultra-trying to delicate facial tissue, leaving it dull and lifeless and in need of rejuvenation. If your skin looks as drab as a Midwestern January sky, it's probably time to put a deep-cleanse into place.
Humidity & Heat. Although sweltering, muggy summer weather won't exactly put your skin out to dry, the effects of humidity can leave less-than-desirable impacts on your pores. Rest assured, when the air makes you feel like you're breathing through a hot sheet of cellophane, your pores are harboring plenty of dirt and pollution.
Working Out. Of course, you need to make sure you thoroughly cleanse each time you hit the gym, but if you're an active fitness advocate (as we all should be), add a deep-cleansing facial to your schedule every few days to a week.
Everyday Living. Your pores are bound to build up excess dirt and oil no matter how clean you keep the surface of your skin. If you see blackheads on your nose when you look in the mirror or your skin appears to have a bumpy texture, it's time for a deep-cleansing treatment. Similarly, if your skin gets oily an hour after you wash it, your pores are asking for a thorough cleansing.
How to Deep Cleanse Your Skin Effectively
Preparations. Create your in-home facial by boiling a pot of water. Add a few drops of peppermint oil or green tea extract for a soothing experience. If your skin is prone to breakouts, opt for tea tree oil.
Pre-Cleansing. While the water's heating up, you need to remove the exterior layer of build-up from your face. Although it seems like simply washing your skin should do the trick, most sunscreens and foundations are resistant to everyday cleaners. Start with an oil-based cream, emollient wipe, or cleansing oil. These items are specifically designed to dissolve stubborn elements and allow for proper cleansing.
Steam. Pour the steaming water into a bowl, place a towel over your head, and lean over the hot water. Steam for 10 to 15 minutes, taking care to pay attention to anything your body is telling you in these steamy conditions.
Mask. An in-home facial can do wonders for your beautiful face. Look for DIY remedies that include honey and lemon for optimal results. When your mask's job is done, be sure to thoroughly rinse off the remnants.
Massage. Gentle massaging devices such as clarapulse can unclog pores, remove deep-down dirt and makeup, and awaken so it's clean and ready to absorb moisturizing ingredients that will keep it looking radiant and fresh.
Cleanse. Using a hydrating cream cleanser, apply the product to your face with your fingertips, tenderly massaging as you go. Look for a product like claraprep, which has a creamy base and gentle ingredients, which are proven to be effective in the cleansing process.
The sooner you recognize your skin's need for a periodic pampering with an occasional deep cleaning, the sooner you'll be on your way to vibrant, beautiful skin that reflects a more radiant you. Pay attention to product labels, and be sure leave harsh ingredients and skin-damaging chemicals off your shopping list. Instead, reach for simple, natural home remedies coupled with a high-quality massager-and-cleanser combo. Pairing clarapulse with claraprep will help prevent clogged pores and allow you to put your best face forward.