The Essential Guide to a Beautiful Skin Foundation
“All visible changes and results for beautiful skin begin with effective skin cleansing.” – Emily
Over the years I have been asked for advice on almost every skin condition imaginable – from cystic acne to blotchy, sun damaged skin and inflamed, tender skin brought on by radiation and chemotherapy treatments and what’s best to use for what… No two people are alike, and the outdated approach of “cleanse, tone and moisturize” has gone the way of the dinosaur when it comes to results oriented, ingredient specific solutions. My response to questions about “what is best for my skin” is simply this: when you look into the mirror, what concerns you the most about your skin, and if you could change any one thing, what would it be?
Dead silence is the usual response, because it is such a different way to think about solving the problem. This question requires careful thought, and the ability to identify what it is you most want to correct. Without doing this, people are left to the marketing claims of quick fix approaches that too often lead to a revolving door of trial and error with all sorts of products presented by the media marketing skin care solutions 24/7. Where do you start, what works, what doesn’t?? What is healthy and what isn’t? Should I choose this treatment cream or that corrective serum? Oh wait – this one’s on sale and has a gift with purchase! (sound familiar?) Unless you are able to identify what it is you are trying to achieve in a specific way, you will never be able to make the best choices – why? Because we are not taught to think this way! (it’s a real game changer when you can shift your thinking). Identifying simple things such as skin texture, color, hydration levels and elasticity help you narrow down what it is you want to change. Then identifying the right product or treatment is not so daunting!
We cover our skin with expensive moisturizers and bypass the most important part of any skin transforming program – cleansing!
All visible changes and results begin with effective skin cleansing. Sounds easy enough, but with busy lifestyles and lack of understanding on its importance, we tend to minimize this foundational step in daily skin care. We cover our skins with expensive moisturizers and bypass the most important part of any skin transforming program – cleansing. When I ask women about how they cleanse their skin, so many people tell me they just use wipes. These quick fix tools have taken the cosmetic industry by storm but instead of having one handy when you’re on the go, they are replacing proper cleansing routines, leading to challenging skin imbalances that create further skin problems. It removes superficial debris at best, not addressing embedded cosmetic waxes and congested skin sebum that creates enlarged pores, coarse skin texture and blotchy skin. The alcohol and chemical content of the liquid solutions used to make “face wipes” can also dry the skin and alter the protective pH and acid mantle of the skin.
So what should you use instead? Can cleansing with the right ingredients really make that much difference? The truth is, if you cleanse your skin properly, many skin problems clear themselves! Effective cleansing is crucial and is the foundation of all effective treatment programs. The Goal: cleanse, purify and decongest. How? Double cleanse! Why? The results are astounding!!
Double Cleansing: The Missing Link
Research shows that American women spend an average of 15 seconds, once a day, cleansing their skin. This all too brief regimen removes surface layers of makeup, at best. Skin cells begin to build up, pores clog and blotchiness begins to occur. In addition, unless the skin is deeply and thoroughly cleansed, this cellular build up prevents active skin care products from penetrating into the skin to bring about the desired changes.
Truth be told, there are some nights we’re lucky to clean our face at all, thus, the “face wipe phenomenon.” After a full and busy day, the idea of double-cleansing can seem like a bit of a stretch. But, just like you’d have to give a particularly messy dish a quick rinse before it’s loaded into the dishwasher, using a plant and oil-based pre-cleanser can serve as that extra bit of elbow grease that ensures our regular washing routine can really get the job done.
The fact is, it takes an oil to dissolve an oil – and the waxy sebum that is excreted from the pores gets stuck, and the pores begin to stretch and enlarge. Our double cleanse method will instantly melt make up, dissolve excess skin oils, remove environmental toxins and surface debris – thus allowing your usual daily skin cleanser to penetrate deeper and detoxify the skin much more thoroughly than ever before, often clearing the very problem you most want to resolve! The oil dissolving, anti-pollution and detoxifying properties of our PreCleanse & Detox digs deep into pores to soften, dissolve and lift dead skin cells, hardened oils and plugs, environmental toxins and debris for easy removal – all the while infusing the skin with much needed nourishment. Helps skin to really “BREATHE”… you can feel and see the difference with the first use.
“How To” Strategy:
Without adding water, massage a generous amount of PreCleanse & Detox into face, neck and eye area for a full 60 seconds to effectively remove make-up and surface debris prior to deep cleansing your skin. Remove by wiping it off with a warm washcloth or cleansing sponges and wipe away all residue, then follow with your primary cleanser for optimal skin detoxification results.
MY TOP CLEANSING TIPS
If you’re using a cleansing milk or cream, use your fingertips and massage into the skin using circular movements for at least 60 seconds, and remove with soft cellulose sponges or a warm wash cloth. This way you remove all the debris and rid of surface dead skin cells – it’s like a natural, gentle exfoliation.
It is especially important to cleanse before bed. During sleep, our body is making repairs and having clean, decongested skin is vital for the skin to be able to detoxify.
WHICH CLEANSER IS BEST FOR YOU?
The Pre-Cleanse Step (All skin types)
The oil dissolving, pollution detoxifying properties of this deep cleansing gelee’ digs deep into pores to soften, dissolve and lift dead skin cells, hardened oils and plugs, environmental toxins and debris for easy removal – all the while infusing the skin with much needed nourishment. Helps skin to really “BREATHE”… Add this unique “pre-cleanse” step to your evening cleansing routine for the cleanest skin you have ever experienced.
This intensely refreshing skin cleanser will stimulate micro-circulation, replenish needed minerals and vital nutrients and provide natural antioxidant benefits to protect the skin against free radical damage. In addition, marine algae are mineral rich and loaded with trace elements and vital ingredients for clear, healthy skin.
Oily Skin, Clogged Pores and Rough Skin Texture
Cleanses, exfoliates and clarifies the skin without harsh detergents or chemical degreasers. This fresh mint, water activated cleanser minimizes large pores, brightens skin color and smooths coarse skin texture. Excellent to decongest clogged pores and eliminate excess oil, this cooling, refreshing cleanser leaves the skin texture feeling as smooth as glass….a very versatile product that is perfect for oily and combination skin types.
Sensitive, Fragile and Oncology Recovery
Reduces redness and inflammation associated with all sensitive skin conditions including, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and candida and yeast conditions. This beautiful bar is infused with pure Licorice Root and Lavender to soothe and calm inflamed skin tissues. Burdock Root has long been known for its ability to clear problem skin and when combined with Pau ’d Arco, this aromatic cleansing bar helps address sensitive skins that may be fungal in nature. Scaly skin conditions also benefit from these healing botanicals.
Subject: The Double Cleanse
My skin testimonial…
I wanted to thank you truly for the amazing product that is Sunshine Botanicals and share my story. I have had acne ever since I was 12, but I didn’t start to get painful cystic acne until my early 20’s. I monitored my food: I went gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soda-free, etc… I have been on Proactiv, Clean and Clear, Murad, Cetaphil, organic Whole Foods brand, you name it!!!! And nothing helped. I gave up, assumed my acne was hormonal and could not be stopped… Until I tried your simple cleanser. I started with the Pre-Cleanse & Detox and the Cleanse & Purify. The SECOND I washed and dried my face I thought… Okay… This is amazing. My pores felt like they shrunk, my skin felt smooth, and while I was still oily I felt cleaner! And that was after the first use. I have switched over to the Cleanse & Clear and use that once in the morning, and once in the evening with the Pre-Cleanse & Detox. I make sure to get all of my makeup off before I massage in the Cleanse & Clear. I was blown away by my results and wanted to share with you my skin. To many, my “After” pictures would seem like a nightmare… But to someone who has never gone to the store without a layer of makeup, my results are amazing!!! I cannot thank you enough… You have a customer for life. The first is my 1 month progress; last picture is my skin with bare makeup in natural lighting!