Updated: Jul 30
As mentioned in Part 1, I am one of the most particular people about #skincare that you will ever meet. If you missed the first part, click here to read why I use a #drybrush, #homemadesoap, #naturaldeodorant, and #babyoil.
Step 1: Double Cleansing
A clean canvas is necessary for all that follows. "Impurities on the skin can prevent active ingredients from penetrating," says board-certified dermatologist Jennifer Herrmann, M.D. (Not to mention without a daily cleaning, your pores may start to accumulate buildup.) Even if you don't wear a stitch of makeup or feel dirty, your skin still comes into contact with a significant amount of debris, pollution, and so on throughout the day—you need to get all that gunk off by cleansing.
There are two types of cleansing, oil based and water based. When you do both it is called #doublecleansing. First, you oil cleanse. Using an oil-based cleanser helps remove oily impurities from your skin—debris that a water-based cleanser wouldn't "grab" because water and oil don't mix. Starting with clean hands and dry skin, massage your oil cleanser into your face for about a minute. Rinse with warm water. Then, you use your water-based cleanser as you normally would. The skin has been primed and hydrated, which allows the water-based cleanser to work better. For my oil based cleanser I alternate between locally produced Jojoba Oil (hydrates and calms redness on the skin) and Sweet Almond Oil (supports and nourishes skin health, helps with UV damage), as shown here. You can order these organic oils in bottles of 30ml for 350 Baht net from Dr. Priya Khorana via instagram, her handle is @lifestylenutritionconsulting.
On to water based cleansers; my top three choices are:
Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel - Made with papaya and grapefruit extract which rejuvenates and refreshes the skin by removing excess oil. This is actually my least favorite of the three because I like foaming cleansers.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser - Comprised of glycolic acid which retexturizes and refines the look of skin; and marshmallow extract which hydrates, softens and balances.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - Nondrying, and foamy, can be used for normal or combination skin. Made with cottonseed, this is currently my top choice for face wash and I use it at least once a day.
The best way to cleanse your face is to place some of the cleanser on your palm and place onto wet skin using upward, circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
After cleansing, the next step is to use a toner. I recently read fellow blogger Ankita Sodhia's post entitled What Is A Toner and How and When To Use It in a Skincare Routine, and she explains the product very well: "A toner is a thin liquid skincare product formulated with ingredients to further cleanse and balance the skin’s pH levels so that it is not too oily or too dry. In the past toners were pretty harsh and astringent-like (if you’re a 90s kid you might remember the Windex blue toners that were extremely popular) but today toners are a lot more sophisticated in formulation and gentle for the skin. It’s also important to note that toners can have different functions so it’s a good practice to take a close look at the ingredients, % levels and pH levels:
Exfoliation: key ingredients include exfoliating acids (AHAs, BHAs, PHAs) such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid
Hydration: generally alcohol-free formulations with ingredients such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, amino acids, rose water, aloe etc"
My toner of choice is Thayer's Witch Hazel Rose Petal Facial Toner, which contains pore-cleansing Rose Water and certified organic Aloe Vera. Thayer's avoids distillation of their Witch Hazel, so are able to preserve the naturally-occurring, beneficial tannins, which are known to offer #antioxidant and #antibacterial benefits, and bring about a natural glow. Thayers elixirs have been around for generations – once you use them, you’ll know why.
Ankita says to use a toner "immediately after cleansing the skin, put a few drops on finger tips and tap it gently into the skin. Or put a few drops on a cotton round and swipe gently in upwards motion across the face. Start slow — once a week and build up to two-three times a week.In general, toners are good to include in skincare routines depending on skin type and concern. That being said, you don’t have to use a toner; I think it’s an optional step."
The next post will be step 3 which details my use of #serums (I use multiple different types).
Thank you for reading and please make it a point to keep your skin healthy!
Written by Devi Bajaj
Executive Director of Enliven Services
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