2. Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your
skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin: it can be too harsh
and drying and damage skin over time. A too-rich cleanser can
clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin. A
cleanser for dry skin should contain nourishing herbs and oils.
One for oily skin should include herbs that balance oil production
and support clarity. Sensitive skin benefits from an ultra-gentle,
fragrance-free, non-irritating cleanser.
Traditional ayurvedic cleansers
are made fresh with natural ingredients such as ground oats,
lentils or chickpeas, complexion enhancing or clarifying herbs
such as turmeric, Amalaki, Neem and sandalwood, emollients such
as milk, cream yogurt or honey, and floral or citrus waters for
pure healing fragrance. You can make your own by mixing the dry
ingredients to last a week or two and blending the mix with milk
or cream right before use. Otherwise, look for a natural cleanser
thats gentle and fortified with skin-friendly herbs.
3. Always cleanse with tepid water. Hot water dries
and damages skin over time, and cold water wont dissolve
and take away embedded dirt and grime as well as lukewarm water.
4. If you use sponges or washcloths, make sure
they are clean and soft. They are not necessary for effective
cleansing: your fingertips can do just as good a job.
5. Wash your hands thoroughly before you cleanse
your face, or you will be working dirt into facial skin. Use
a headband to secure hair away from the face.
6. Start by splashing tepid water on your face
7. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips or a
soft sponge, using gentle circular massaging strokes and moving
upward on the face and neck. Do not scrub too much
massaging strokes are enough to help improve circulation as well
as loosen grime and old surface skin cells. Too much scrubbing
will stretch skin and irritate it, especially the delicate skin
around the eyes.
8. Rinse with lots of tepid water. Dont forget
to rinse off cleanser from the neck and hairline. Cleanser residue
can clog pores and attract dirt.
9. Gently blot off excess water with a soft towel.
Do not scrub dry or drag towel along skin.
10. Follow immediately with a water-based toner
and a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to seal in surface
moisture and offer nourishment when skin is receptive.
Note: This ayurvedic information is educational, and
is not intended to replace standard medical care or advice.