“As you increase your exfoliation, you are tricking the skin into acting young again.” – Renée Rouleau, Celebrity Esthetician and trusted Skincare Specialist.
So you’ve thoroughly washed your face with your favorite Organic Cleanser. Unfortunately that doesn’t translate into your pores being completely rid of make-up residue, environmental toxins and grime mixed with sebum & sweat. And this accumulated build-up forms in layers deep inside the pores, making evacuating them thoroughly a sometimes painful task. Weekly deep cleansing with an organic, effective and non-comedogenic botanically based Ayurvedic facial treatment is a simple method to thoroughly clean out pores, restoring a fresh glow to the skin without damaging it.
Deep Cleansing by Skin Type
Most of us chose a cleanser primarily on achieving one outcome. For example, people with Normal/Dry Skin (Vata type), mostly rely on just a cleanser to remove surface debris, including makeup. However, if you are a regular foundation./powder wearer, a mildly abrasive and botanical impurity dissolving or drawing (papaya & honey) exfoliation product should be utilized 2-3X per week. If you have Sensitive skin (Pitta type) and wear makeup, non-abrasive deep exfoliation with enzymatic action such as papaya & honey should be used 1-2X a week. Makeup is composed of a multitude of ingredients (most of them not so great) such as processed minerals, waxy esters and many other micro particles. When these particles remain in the pores, they can causes blockage of blood flow and nutrients to the skin surface, causing accelerated aging. And so it is wise to do your research and choose your exfoliation products based on ingredients and science in order to keep your pores operating at maximum efficiency.
For those that do not wear makeup, skin cells are formed deep within the dermis, and have a life-cycle of about 30 days, gradually making their way to the outer dermis where it dies (turns over, making way for new cells). However, if these dead skin cells don’t shed naturally, they accumulate, creating dullness and roughness. Exfoliation is answer, creating gentle micro abrasion, which wakes up sluggish skin and speeds cellular turnover.
Oily Skin individuals generally have visible pores and may experience frequent blockages with sebum and environmental debris. These pores then become a veritable breeding ground for bacteria, which then can produce infection inside the blocked pores, causing acne, whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. Pore deep cleansing not only protects them from acne and blemishes, but also reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.
For Sensitive Skin conditions such as Rosacea, we suggest a mild exfoliator that won’t irritate the skin, yet will impart healing antioxidants (such as Neem and Nettle) deep into pores to calm Pitta dosha.
Go Pore Deep with PuraVeda Organics
The following steps for performing natural pore deep cleansing at home doesn’t require any professional help, yet assures that the foreign particles are not only ‘removed’, but are actually ‘dissolved’ – giving you a radiant, clean and smooth complexion.
Step 1: Cleansing
Organic Cleansers formulated with different types of natural acids such as Malic acid (from Lemon) and Salicylic acid (from White Willow Bark) are natural exfoliants. Their molecules are small enough to penetrate deep into the pores and break down any foreign particles. Salicylic acid contains Beta Hydroxy Acids, or BHA, which has the ability to penetrate and dissolves lipids/fats that frequently block pores in oily skin types.
While cleansing, pay special attention to the areas prone to blackhead formation, such as the nose, jawline, forehead and near the ears. Lukewarm water is better than hot and & soft-water is preferable when performing facial cleansing.
Step 2: Masking or Exfoliating
It can be extremely frustrating to perform your night time cleansing diligently, yet still be prone to blemishes. The reason is that toxic, reactive micro-particles are still left behind in the pores. This can be double-checked with the right kind of physical or chemical exfoliator every 2-3X times a week.
Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub contains both mildly abrasive particles and enzymatic action (papaya) that remove deep-seated impurities while being gentle on the skin.
Key ingredients in this all-natural formula:
- Papaya contains the enzyme ‘Papain’ which melts away foreign particles and damaged/dead skin cells. Vitamin A and Vitamin C provide an antioxidant boost.
- Milk contains lactic acid (a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA) that penetrates into the deeper dermis gently, dissolving blackheads (a mixture of old skin oils and environmental debris). It also evens skin tone and hydrates the skin.
- Honey has been used as far back as written history due to it’s antibiotic and healing properties as well as its efficacy in drawing debris from pores, making them appear much tighter/smaller.
- Micronized Walnut particle spheres are gentle enough to be used as a physical/mechanical exfoliation agent. They remove deep seated grime and remove dead skin cells. These finely-micronized particles are also environmentally-safe (unlike most commercial products that utilize micro-plastic beads..a huge problem in our waterways as we are now finding out).
Note: Sensitive skin people should try the SBR Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub version that is the same formula, sans walnut spheres.
Step 3: Hydration
The final step is removing the last traces of any foreign matter from the pores and restoring the skin’s pH balance with Organic Hydrators or Toners. Hydrators dissolve any remaining foreign matter such as make-up particles. Fruit acids from oranges, lemons, tamarind and grapes in the right concentrations exfoliate the skin, nourish pores, improve skin tone and helps heal damaged skin.
Taking the time to utilize these steps greatly enhances the efficacy of your Organic Serum treatments and moisturizers.
Optional Step (for fixing Blemishes and Acne): On the Spot Treatment
When you have an unexpected blemish pop up (happens to the best of us!) you can help fix blemishes overnight, with an ‘On the Spot’ intensive targeted treatment which may be just the right product for you! Our proven drying/healing ‘French (Green) Clay Targeted Blemish Mask’ (Night) and our ‘Bentonite (White) Clay’ (Daytime formula) contain negatively charged earth minerals that attract, neutralize and draw out deep-seated positively charged foreign particles from the pores and calm inflammation. Healing essential oils & steam extracted botanical concentrates in these formulas not only clear blemishes, but are very effective at banishing post-blemish redness. Learn more about this super-effective blemish treatment.
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