I never thought I would use soap on my face again.
After years suffering from severe acne, I realized that my skin wasn’t the problem -- its condition was a symptom of my skin care routine.
So for the last 20 years I’ve stuck to a pretty basic skin cleansing routine (more on that below) but I wanted to know more about the science behind our skin and what we can do naturally to look our best. In my research I discovered something amazing: Our skin has its own metabolism and can be healthy or sick, too!
Yes, our body’s largest organ requires a perfect balance to not only look it’s best, but to properly play its critical role of protecting us from bacteria, viruses, and other harmful elements.
But, just like the rest of our body, all too often our skin becomes unbalanced when we use the wrong products, eat poorly, or don’t get enough rest.
You’ve seen the indicators of you skin’s poor health in the forms of:
- Oily Skin
- Under eye bags and dark circles
- Melasma, psoriasis, and other skin ailments
- Dry patches and rough spots
- Dull, rough, or wrinkled skin
The great news is that we can naturally rebalance our skin with proper skin care products and natural remedies!
How Washing Your Face Can Make You Look Younger
Collagen and elastin are two proteins in your skin that are responsible for helping your skin look firm, smooth, and younger.
While these proteins give us our youthful look, the problem with collagen and elastin is that as we age our body produces less and less of them plus they’re constantly being broken down by our everyday environment.
But did you know that your skin produces a natural oil to protect these delicate proteins?
It does, and the fancy name for this oil, is the acid mantle.
Yep, those oils on your face are actually your skin’s best defense system at work!
The natural oils on your face are unique and customized by your body to give your skin the right balance of moisture, pH, and oil to look its best. But when we wash our face with traditional soaps and facial washes, we are removing these important protective boundaries from our skin and throwing its beauty off balance.
Washing your face can make you look younger, but the problem is that most of us are washing our face the WRONG way, and with the WRONG products. Don’t worry though we’re going to BUST the BIGGEST MYTHS of facial cleansing right now. Here we go!
You Might Be Thinking...
“I have sensitive skin, SHOULD I wash my face?”
You may have believed that oily skin was a sign that you need to wash your face more, or that dry skin means you need to use heavier oils on your face, but what our skin REALLY needs when we see these signs is to regain its natural balance.
The only way your skin can regain balance and health is through release of oil, sweat, and bacteria, or through the use of proper skin care.
This is important because if you are overwashing your face, your skin is forced to overcompensate for the loss of moisture and oils and this usually leads to overactive oil secretions causing a vicious cycle.
Alternatively, if you feel you have overly dry skin, you are probably using heavy creams and moisturizers to compensate. The big problem here is that most heavy creams and oils cannot be absorbed by the skin and just sit and suffocate the pores, which spells out problems like flaky skin, redness, inflammation, and acne.
Why 90% Of What You Know About Facial Cleansers Is Wrong
When you cleanse your face, you are disrupting that balance and changing the pH of the skin which can cause MAJOR problems and symptoms often resulting in adverse symptoms like acne, dry patches, eczema and premature aging.
Skin care that supports your skin’s natural systems and health should NEVER strip your skin or clog your pores. For aging skin, avoid products which are oil-free or contain parabens and look for natural ingredients which moisturize without feeling heavy or greasy.
So you might be thinking…
“I SHOULD only wash my face at night”
We’ve all been there - blindly following instructions on the bottle. But rarely, do we let our own skin be our guide and listen to the signs and symptoms it uses to communicate with us.
Everyone’s skin is unique and every face is different and has different needs. But no matter what, my best advice for all skin care, but especially for cleansing is this:
#1 : Stay away from “oil free” products.
#2 : Wash really well with cleanser at night to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities.
#3 : If your skin feels better after cleansing (and it should) cleanse twice per day.
#4 : ALWAYS follow your cleansing routine with a Toner!
You might be thinking…
“My Cleanser SHOULD Be Oil-Free”
The big problem with traditional facial cleansers is that they are often foaming or oil free -- two things you want to AVOID on your face.
Traditional foaming cleansers are highly alkaline and can disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and strip it of its natural oils. Using foaming cleansers puts your skin at risk for infections, skin conditions, accelerated aging, and the high likelihood that you will overproduce oil to compensate for the loss.
OIL FREE CLEANSERS
You’ve probably fallen for the trap of “oil-free” when deciding on skin care for your oily or acne-prone skin. But just like foaming cleansers, this type strips your skin of the things it needs to function properly and can lead to adverse effects like premature aging, skin conditions and eczema.
HOW TO CLEANSE WITH OIL
Using natural oils as a cleanser can work to effectively cleanse your face of makeup, dead skin, pollutants, and pore-clogging oils while replenishing your skin with natural botanicals, vegetables, and fruit oils to protect and nourish your skin.
There are several oils that are great for your skin including coconut, avocado, olive and almond oils. But our very favorite oil for your face is Jojoba oil.
Our new Purifying Cream Cleanser is packed with Jojoba oil, and supports your skin’s protective defenses while boosting collagen production and replenishing your skin with a powerhouse of nutritive vitamins. Jojoba oil is a skin-friendly oil which is easily absorbed and ideal for all skin types, especially dry and mature skin. Packed with Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins give you a youthful glow and it’s superior hydration ability lasts longer than many common moisturizers while maintaining a weightless non-greasy finish.
You Might Be Thinking….
“My face SHOULD feel dry after cleansing”
Your facial cleanser should NEVER strip your face of oil and sebum! This would make it defenseless against irritants and unable to support the production of elastin and collagen (the two proteins that give your skin a youthful look!) You’ll know you have a lack of sebum when your skin feels dry, is red and irritated, flaky, dull and shows fine lines.
Our skin is a blossoming ecosystem with natural ups and downs. It’s our job to work WITH our skin to maintain the ideal pH value of 4.7 to 5.75.
Symptoms of skin with an unbalanced pH are:
- Premature aging
- Dull, flaking skin
- Under eye bags or dark circles
Our daily lifestyle shows on our face, and throws our skin pH off balance. Sweating, washing your face, applying lotions, consuming sugars, starches, and diuretics like tea and coffee, all change the pH of our skin. Fluctuation in our skin pH is completely natural but without a Toner, your skin can have a hard time returning to proper acidity. The best way to return your skin to optimum health is with an alcohol-free Toner.
Toners are essential to use after cleansing to rebalance the moisture level of the skin and to help maintain a healthy skin pH of 5.5.
Our Balancing Spray Toner is handmade with all-natural ingredients and ZERO alcohol, to not only rebalance your skin to a healthy pH, but to give it collagen-boosting nourishment and help it look bright and youthful.
The Magic Of Plants And Your Skin
Everything we do and create at the Face Yoga Method is in support of your natural and holistic lifestyle. This includes the ingredients in our new handcrafted skin care products including botanicals like:
Sage stimulates cell renewal and increases blood circulation. The herb is rich in calcium and vitamin A, which are needed for daily cell regeneration which minimizes wrinkles. Sage improves the appearance of broken capillaries and reduces redness.
Clary Sage is suited to both oily and dry skin types. Its balancing property stabilizes the production of natural oil and sebum to prevent acne breakouts and to naturally balance your skin to an optimum level of hydration.
We worked closely with a small manufacturer and hand picked our favorite natural ingredients to bottle inside this custom blended Toner which sets a NEW STANDARD for skin care. The Balancing Spray Toner nourishes your skin and uses herbs and natural extracts to improve the overall health and wellness of your face.
Using all-natural ingredients, here are some benefits of the Balancing Spray Toner:
- Promotes natural healing of blemishes
- Neutralizes your skin pH for optimum health
- Softens skin and locks in moisture
- Improves your skin‘s overall appearance
- Stimulates cell regeneration and collagen production
- Reduces redness
- Helps alleviate acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Returns your skin to an ideal moisture level
Unlike other toners on the market, ours contains ZERO alcohols which destroy your pH and protective barriers of your skin. We’ve designed skin care, the way nature intended.
My skin changed practically overnight
I’m confident that we’ve created the best face wash system with our new Cleanse & Tone Duo. The Purifying Cream Cleanser is perfect for aging skin, because not only does it clean your face - it supports your skin’s protective defenses and boosts collagen production, too!
The Purifying Cream Cleanser contains Jojoba oil which is a natural, long-lasting oil with a non-greasy finish. Jojoba oil mimics the sebum of your skin and it has one of the longest-lasting benefits of all natural oils. Plus, it makes for easy makeup removal!
This means that when you're cleansing your face with the Cream Cleanser, you are removing bacteria, impurities and other blemish-inducing substances, you will also be replenishing your skin with a powerhouse of nutritive vitamins.
Then, the Balancing Spray Toner works with your skin to restore its natural balance and leave your skin refreshed and smooth.
It’s like healthcare for your face!!
The best part is, our Cleanse and Tone Duo is perfect for ALL skin types because of the natural, fragrance-free ingredients which work WITH your skin to equalize the pH and balance the hydration to an optimum level.
This duo is your two steps to radiance regimen. Take it from me, the woman who “swore off” face wash for nearly 20 years… I’ve dedicated almost two years to formulate the best facial cleanser that I KNOW works for every skin type. You’re going to LOVE it!
~ Cherrie K.
~ Jennifer R.
~ Tina S.