A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about differences between the different types of daily cleansing products. I also made a video showing how I cleanse my face daily. Besides daily cleansing, our skin needs more profound cleansing once a week: deep facial cleansing. This will deeply cleanse pores, brighten your face, make it look fresher. They prevent pores from clogging, your skin feels smooth, which is great, of course. Forget dull skin! I guess all of you have heard of peelings, scrubs, maskers…I will explain the difference between them so that it’s easier for you to choose the right deep cleansing method for your skin.
Basically, gommage, peeling and scrub they’re all the same: they make sure you get rid of ‘old’ skin cells, so that your skin can breathe. The difference between them is in HOW they do it. Scrub does it in a mechanical way: it often contains small pieces that basically, when you apply it on to your face, they rub the dead skin cells off your face. For example, let’s take this Yves Rocher Radiant Skin Scrub. It contains apricot kernel grains, which do all the work and give the exfoliating effect in this scrub. So, other scrubs may contain other scrubbing pieces. All in all, a scrub can be compared to a microdermabrasion effect. You can use a scrub weekly, it takes only couple of minutes: you rub it into your skin and wash it off.
A peeling exfoliates your skin but not using physical particles. A peeling contains chemical molecules, mostly acid, that provoke chemical reactions that shed dull skin. You have different kinds of peeling: one that are mild, that you can do at home. But you have also chemical peelings that contain high percentage of acids. You want to do them if you want to renew your skin very profoundly. To do such a deep peeling, you will need to go to a beauty specialist. Because of this chemical stuff, mostly, a peeling needs more time than a scrub to perform its actions. Mostly, it would be 5-10 minutes. As example, I have this Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, which contains fruit enzymes that do the peeling function.
At last, we have masks. A mask gives you more deep cleansing than a peeling or a scrub. Basically, peeling/scrub prepares your skin for deeper cleansing, they open pores, and the mask makes sure your pores get completely clean. I am talking about cleansing masks off course, because you also have anti-aging, hydrating and other kinds of masks. An example is Clinique Cleansing Mask. You often apply a mask for around 10 minutes, to make sure your pores will be completely clean. Beware that some masks can dry your skin out. So, to prevent that, I highly recommend finish off your weekly skin routine with a hydrating mask, like Avene Soothing Moisture Mask.
To summarize, this is the ideal weekly skin care routine:
1. Apply a peeling/scrub,
2. Apply a cleansing mask,
3. Apply a hydrating mask.
Tomorrow I will show you how I do my weekly facial cleansing, don’t miss it!