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Five Steps To A Great Skincare Routine

There is nothing new about the “less is more” concept. Even before Susie Faux termed the phrase “capsule wardrobe” in the seventies, people have realized the wisdom of quality over quantity and the freedom derived from having less. So why is it that so many people are obsessed with multi-step beauty routines?

Of course, if you have the time and patience, you’re welcome to spend as much of it on skin care as you like, but, if you don’t, there is nothing wrong with keeping it scaled down. Remember, you own your beauty routine, it doesn’t own you. So, if you believe in keeping it short and sweet, here’s are five steps that will help you maximize while you minimize.

Woman cleansing skin

Cleanse
Cleansing skin is the most basic step in a skin routine. It should be done twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, to give skin time to heal and breath without being clogged by makeup and debris.

Cleansing should be done with clean hands. Begin by wetting skin with warm water to open the pores. Apply a cleanser appropriate to your skin type using upward circular motions. Some products will be more effective if you leave them on for a minute or two to allow penetration. Remove with damp cotton pads or by splashing your face with cold water. (Cold water will close up pores.) Pat dry gently with a clean towel.

Tone
Toning restores your skin’s pH balance, which is usually altered during the cleansing process. This step can also make your skin more resistant to bacteria. Some toners will only restore your skin’s pH, others will kill bacteria, still others may contain an extra ingredient to prevent acne. Choose the one that suits your skin, and, if you have sensitive skin, be sure to use a specially formulated toner.

Apply toner to entire face with a cotton pad, taking care to avoid your eyes. Do not rinse off.

Woman moisturizing

Moisturize
Moisturizing is the most important step in the beauty routine, and should not be omitted, even if your skin is oily. There is quite a variety of moisturizing products, such as gels (oily skin), creams (dry/sensitive skin), and serums (normal/oily skin). Some may contain anti wrinkle, and anti acne agents, others may tint, or tan, skin.

Apply moisturizer to the face and neck, after toner has dried, using a circular motion. You may want to follow up with a separate moisturizer targeted toward preventing swelling and aging in the eye area.

Exfoliate
Once or twice weekly, use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. Make sure not to use anything too harsh, which can irritate skin and tear skin cells.

Remove makeup and massage the exfoliator gently into your face using an outward circular motion for about thirty seconds. Remember, gently is the key word here! If you’re using an exfoliating wash cloth, soak it in warm water and rub it in small circles on your face. Be sure to target creases by your nose and other areas on which blackheads tend to develop.

Face mask

Face Mask
Peel off masks are the best option for unclogging pores, and are the best for oily or acne prone skin. Those with dry skin will benefit most from moisturizing masks.

Choose a natural, mild mask. Keep applications down to once a week or less; frequent applications will result in over cleansing your face. You can make your own, in the interest of keeping it natural, or use a store bought one, following directions on the package.

What do you think of the five-step skin routine? Is less more, or is more more? Let us know what you think?

Cleaning with Essential Oils

If you’re planning your spring cleaning strategies this year, consider replacing your chemical cleansers with more natural products. Essential oils can be used to clean any area of your house that you need to tackle during your spring cleaning. Check out three of the most multi-purpose essential oils available and find recipes for creating cleansers with these oils below.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon
Lemon essential oil is perhaps the most commonly used essential oils for household cleaning. This oil is a natural antibacterial as well as a natural antiviral, meaning that it is perfect for nearly every surface and area of your home. You can use lemon essential oil to remove sticky messes such as tape residue or gum, to make your fridge smell fresher and remove tough marks like crayons on your walls. Mix 10 drops of lemon essential oil with ½ cup of olive oil for a homemade wood or leather polish. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a baking soda paste to make a super effective degreaser. One of the greatest things about using lemon essential oil is its light, fresh and clean scent. The scent of lemon can help lift your mood and make you happier, which you may need for seriously stubborn messes.

Tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree
Tea tree oil is commonly used in skin care to help fight acne-causing bacteria, but you can use its antibacterial properties to clean your home as well. Not only is tea tree oil antibacterial, it is also a natural antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral. Seriously, is there anything that tea tree oil can’t do? In a spray bottle, mix 15 drops of tea tree oil with one quart of warm water and use this to clean any surface in your home. For areas that require a bit more potency, like your toilet, mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of warm water and use that to really disinfect. You can also take this spray mixture and spritz it around doors and windows, as it is a natural pest deterrent.

Lavender essential oil

Lavender
Lavender is one of the best smelling antibacterial essential oils there is and it can be used for a wide variety of household chores. You can make an all-purpose cleanser by adding 35 drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle containing two and one-half of a cup of water and one-quarter of a cup of witch hazel or vinegar. Mix well and use this spray on everything from your kitchen counters to your bathtub. If you have a pet, you know how difficult it can be to remove the odor and stains that occur when an accident happens. Add 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil to one box of baking powder. The mixture will clump when you add the oil, but you can work it out with a fork. Sprinkle this mixture on the carpet, allow it to sit for about 15 to 20 minutes, then vacuum it up for a fresh-smelling, clean carpet.

Going more natural with cleansers not only is a bonus for your health, but it is also super cost effective. Because essential oils are so concentrated, you don’t need to use too much of them at a time to see results. A word of caution, if undiluted, some essential oils can be irritating to the skin, so if you’re worried about a reaction, wear a pair of gloves to protect your skin. Start your spring cleaning with a healthy dose of cleaning power and aromatherapy when you use essential oils to clean your home.