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HOW TO: natural remedies for post-partem acne

Washie skin care routine – Step 1: Cleanse

What it does:

Cleansing the skin removes sweat, oil, dirt and other environmental pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s a vital first step in your daily routine for clear, healthy skin. 

How to do it:

Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Fill your skin with warm water, soak a washcloth in the sink, wring out, and gently press against your face, neck, and decolletage to open pores. Wet hands in the clean, warm sink water and create a lather and wash face, neck, and decolletage in an upward, circular motion with a gentle cleanser. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Washie Tip:

It’s best to steer clear of harsh bar soaps when cleansing your face, as they tend to dry out your skin and cause it to overproduce sebum, the natural oils your skin produces for protection which also contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. The Ultimate Bar is crafted with nourishing ingredients like organic coconut oil and organic dill to heal, hydrate, and protect.

Washie skin care routine – Step 2: Tone

What it does:

There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skin care routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any makeup or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturizer and minimize the appearance of pores. Our favorite is DIY LEMON SOJU TONER PADS that you can make at home.

How to do it:

Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin, while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking the pads in the toner and wiping upwards, starting at your neck.

Washie Tip:

See if a toner works for you, and if not, take this step out of your routine.

Washie skin care routine – Step 3: Exfoliate

What it does:

Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

How to do it:

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturizing. Most dermatologists agree that you should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Washie Tip:

If you struggle with blackhead and acne or sun damage, opt for chemical exfoliators that contain AHA and BHA over your traditional granule scrub. For acne and blackhead plagued skin, look for an exfoliator containing BHA as it penetrates deeply into your pores. If you struggle with sun damage, AHA is your preferred option as it mainly exfoliates the upper layers of skin.

Washie skin care routine – Step 4: Moisturize

What it does:

Moisturizing provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth, luminous appearance. Needless to say, this is a step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip.

How to do it:

Choose a lotion that is non·com·e·do·gen·ic [denoting a skin-care product or cosmetic that is specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores]. While skin is still warm from cleansing, gently rub it into your skin in an upward motion, being careful not to tug on the delicate skin around your eyes. Once the moisturizer is applied, give it time to sink in so you receive its full benefits.

Washie skin care routine – Step 5: Apply SPF

What it does:

The sun is the most damaging factor for skin and the leading cause of skin cancer. That’s why incorporating SPF into your daily routine is key for protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays and maintaining a youthful and healthy glow at any age.

How to do it:

Apply SPF of at least 15 to your face for the daytime, using a higher SPF if you anticipate heavy sun exposure throughout the day.

Washie Tip:

Be sure to re-apply sunscreen every few hours as it wears off.  

Some additional treats to consider are vitamins like HUM to care for your skin from the inside out.

 

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