We think a lot about what we put on our faces—creams, lotions, makeup—but not as much about how we take it off.
Soap and water or drugstore cleanser is all you need, right? How complicated can it be?
But how we clean our skin is just as important as what we put on it—especially over 40, when it’s extra important to respect the natural balance of our skin.
1.Think warm, not hot.
Your skin’s natural oils are formulated by nature to nourish your skin perfectly. For women over 40, these oils are precious—they keep our skin supple,
nourished, and elastic.
Super-hot water strips most of those oils away. Use warm (or even cool!) water to preserve your skin’s natural hydration while you wash off the grime of the day.
Bonus: warm water uses less energy than hot, so your skin routine will automatically be more eco-friendly.
2. Get your makeup remover in the grocery aisle.
Soap can be harsh and drying. But special makeup removers can be pricey—should it really take that much money just to clean your face?
But there’s a trick: organic coconut oil.
It gets every last stitch of makeup off (even mascara!), hydrates your skin beautifully, and at about eight bucks for a big jar, costs the same as soap. It’s also antimicrobial and chock full of antioxidants.
3. Exfoliate- but not too often.
Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells and dirt buildup, so your skin stays bright and your pores clear.
Steer clear of overly harsh exfoliants and too much elbow grease—exfoliating too vigorously can irritate your skin—and strip away those great natural oils.
Three times a week is plenty. And hit that grocery aisle again! You can make a great, skin-nourishing exfoliating scrub from honey, granulated sugar, and milk.
4. Don’t skip a night!
Over the course of a day, our skin absorbs tons of chemicals and toxins from the world around us.
Tempting as it may be to just fall into bed after a long, busy day, your skin wants to be clean so it can regenerate overnight.
If you do nothing else on the way to a great night’s sleep, make sure and clean your skin.
Removing the day’s toxins and dirt will allow your skin to breathe and rejuvenate naturally as you dream.