CLEANSING TIPS – THE most important step of your regime
~ A cleanser is not simply just to remove makeup. It should have properties designated for your skin’s particular needs, as well as removing makeup and pollutants. PHYT’S use vegetable oils and waxes to soften the skin and emulsify makeup / pollutants. Plant extracts are then used to condition the skin appropriately: for sensitivity, for dehydration, for brightening etc. Ingredients such as phenoxyethanol (a processed alcohol that strips the skin) or chemical glycerin (a synthetic humectant which is too high in pH and alkalises the skin) should have no place in skincare products so always analyse your ingredients lists. Lait Hydro and Lait Nettoyant are PHYT’S two top products for cleansing.
~ Wipes are no good. Some contain phenoxyethanol which can aggravate the skin and many generally dehydrate. They contain very little or nothing at all to soften or comfort the skin, especially the eyes! A gentle and hydrating alternative from PHYT’S is Eau Micellaire. It can be sprayed onto the skin or a damp cotton disc and removes light makeup while softening the skin. It can also be used as an anti-ageing toner after using a cream cleanser.
~ Rinsing with only water will not clean the skin alone, as there is nothing to emulsify oils and pollutants on the skin. Cleansing is like brushing your teeth: morning and evening!
~ Hand and body soap or gel is a NO!! They will completely dehydrate and irritate the skin because their pH is too high for our face. Our skins pH is slightly acidic (around 5). Soaps are highly alkaline (around 8 or 9, possibly higher).
~ When you have a dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin, use as LITTLE water as possible on your skin. Our skins pH is happiest between 4.5 and 6 (5.5 being talked about as the ideal). Tap water can be 6.5 – 8 pH!! Rinsing can serve to cause MORE dryness or dehydration. In Ireland we generally have hard water due to our natural limestone landscape and this effects our tap water.
~ In Ireland, we looooove to use hot water at the sink and in the shower, and again, it’s not ideal for the skin, particularly Irish skin! It will put pressure on already delicate capillaries and can add to high colouring, acne, rosacea, anything already red and inflamed.
~ When using cotton wool with cleanser, wet the pad, squeeze out and then run gently over the skin. The fibres of dry cotton can irritate plus you will have a more effective removal with damp cotton as it glides easily over the skin.
~ If you are prone to breakouts or infection anywhere on the skin, ALWAYS use damp cotton for your cleansing removal as bacteria can build in sponges, face clothes etc.