Cleansing Your Face Naturally

I have been cleansing my face naturally with just glycerin soap and cold water for the past several years during the winter months. In the summer after my soap wash I’ve added a rinse of raw apple cider vinegar diluted in water and applied with a cotton ball. This routine has been working for me but lately I’ve started wearing makeup again. I now find myself needing a makeup remover or a cleanser that removes makeup and cleanses. So I started doing some research and want to share it with you.

 

Some say soap and water (Micellar water) works better than makeup wipes. Flat cotton pads are  an excellent initial step in removing makeup—in fact, they’re best used to remove makeup before cleansing the face. Using water and a natural face wash is what’s really going to remove residue and prep your skin for a good night regimen. I believe you need to remove your makeup first. Make a ritual out of it, go slow, be loving while removing your makeup. Maybe do a short eye massage and then move into a cleanser or soap and water wash.  A few natural ingredients to remove makeup are:

 

1. Coconut Butter or oil. I use this a lot because it works for me and my skin type plus coconut butter can thicken thin eye lid skin

2. Olive Oil. Known to work for all skin types.

3. Jojoba oil (or Olive Oil) mixed with natural beeswax (yellow).  About ¼ cup of oil and 1 tablespoon of beeswax.

4. Cucumber Cleanser.  Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, so they help soothe irritated and/or acne-prone skin.  Use a blender, mash the cucumber until it’s pasty, add a little Olive Oil and you’re ready to apply.

5. Wash your face twice a day?  This really makes a difference.

6. Apply a raw apple cider rinse and then a good moisturizer.

 

If you just don’t have the time to work with the above natural recommendations there are many naturally-derived cleansers and makeup removers in the market.  Just do a little research, read your labels to find what sounds right for you and your skin type.  Avoid harsh sulfates, added fragrances, a lot of stabilizers and harmful preservatives.  Look for naturally-derived:

 

Surfactants. Remove dirt, oil and debris from the skin. They are often combined with other ingredients.

Emollients. Natural emollients can be plant- or animal-based so if you are vegan make sure to ask. They help reduce the amount of moisture lost in the skin when washing.

Exfoliant. Natural exfoliants remove dead, dull skin cells and leave your skin looking brighter and feeling clean and fresh.

Humectant. Humectants work in a similar manner to emollients to help your skin retain moisture while cleansing. A common natural humectant added to face cleanser is glycerin.  I love glycerin.

 

YASOU is researching and hoping to launch a cleanser/makeup remover sometime this year so stay tuned. We hope you find the above info useful.  Let us know if you have a favorite ingredient or product you love to cleanse with that also removes your make up. We love to hear from you!  Email us at terry@yasouskincare.com.   (photo: cotton bro | pexels)

 

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Natural Skin Care Lessons Learned from Other Cultures

From its beginning YASOU Natural Skin Care made a conscious decision to create effective skin care products for people of every ethnicity, race, skin type and skin color. Our multicultural approach influences the ingredients we select and the processes we use in creating our products. The origins of our ingredients are a history lesson in cultural Influences where cultures depend on one another. Each of our products exists because of the contributions and collaboration of multiple cultures.

 

The list of ingredients in YASOU body cream with essential oils is an example. Mandarin essential oil was originally cultivated in the 12th century in southern China. Cypress oil comes from trees in the mountains of northern Mexico and the eastern Mediterranean. Use of the Aloe Vera plant in skin care has a history in Africa, India, and China. It was the Egyptians who shared the plant’s skin care secrets with the Greeks and Romans. Clinical tests now show its ability to accelerate cellular regeneration as well as hydrate and soften the skin. Shea butter comes from the fruit nut of the Karite trees growing in the savanna grasslands of West Africa. The harvesting of the tree nuts and extraction of its butter is often done by women working in cooperatives that provide consistent employment and paychecks. An estimated three million African women work with shea butter according to the UN Development Program. Our purchasing power supports rural communities as well as women’s empowerment. Marigold flowers contain Calendula oil and are native to southwestern Asia, the Mediterranean and western Europe. This oil helps prevent acne and skin inflammation.

 

We don’t pretend to know all about these cultures, but we’re open to new ideas and learning. We’re curious about people, geographies and ingredients cultivated. More often than not business owners find common ground and respect the ingenuity of others that may be unlike ourselves. Something may seem strange to us because it doesn’t fit with our assumptions. But it’s never too late to learn. These are just some of the natural skin care lessons we’ve embraced by working with people, not stereotypes; with cultures, not systems.

 

  • You always look better wearing a smile and offering kindness.
  • We have something to learn from everyone we meet no matter their position or place of origin.
  • While skin is somewhat genetically inherited, culture is learned.
  • Skin care is dynamic, not static. New ingredients are introduced from around the world. Research studies confirm or negate myths, legends, and viral messages on social media.
  • Natural skin care is holistic and not positioned as high or low culture.
  • History and geography help shape development in the skin care industry across cultures.
  • How natural skin care products are produced, packaged and distributed depends on a country’s economy and politics.
  • Who uses natural skin care products is often a social construct. Skin care product consumption by South Korean men is huge compared with the U.S. and Europe.

 

These global lessons have helped YASOU skin care establish core values. We celebrate the histories, geographies, contributions and collaboration of multiple cultures by creating a natural skin care line that you can trust and believe in.