Sunday, May 11, 2014

Natural Home Remedies for Deep Cleansing Your Skin

Many facial blemishes such as spots, uneven tone and blackheads are caused by excess sebum and atmospheric building up on your skin and into your pores. Sebum is very necessary for healthy looking skin, it is the natural oil that your body produces to lubricate and protect, but if your body starts to produce excess sebum spots will soon follow. There are many commercial products to cleanse your face deeply but if you prefer to use natural home remedies for deep cleansing your skin the following facial is easy to carry out and very effective.
The procedure will take an hour or two so give yourself plenty of time. Deep cleaning should only be done once or twice each month, more frequent deep cleaning will encourage your body to produce more sebum.
In brief the procedure is a three stage process; Open pores, Draw out and remove impurities from the skin, tone the skin to close pores
Open Pores. Some of the dirt and oil will be deep in the pores so you need to prepare your skin by opening the pores. The best way to do this is by steaming your face and although you can buy facial steamers you can do just as good a job with a bowl of hot water and a towel.
Pour very hot water into a bowl, put a towel over your head to let the steam build up and lower your head over the bowl. You can move your head further away if it is too hot or just allow the water to cool a little. You need to steam for about 5 minutes. Do make sure you have the bowl on a stable surface and take care this is near boiling water you should be using and you need to be aware of the risk of scalding.
You could add essential oils to the water to increase the cleansing further. Peppermint or Tea Tree work very well and will also kill bacteria. A gentler alternative is lavender oil. If you would also like to clear nasal congestion try adding a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil.
Drawing Impurities from the skin. Once the pores are open and perspiration has begun the process of flushing out the impurities you need to draw the oils out and absorb them so they are easily washed away.
Finely ground oatmeal and honey make the perfect mask for this job. Mix a cup full of oatmeal with enough honey to make a thick paste. Natural honey works best as it has stronger healing properties. If you can get Manuka honey you will make a very powerful spot treatment. Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand from bees that feed on the plants that produce Tea Tree oil. It is so powerful it has been used by doctors to fight infection.
Once you have made the paste gently massage over the skin and leave for about 15 minutes. The oatmeal will absorb oil and the honey promotes healing and will soothe inflamed skin, reducing any redness. Rinse the paste off with warm water. A few drops of the previously mentioned oils can be added to the mix if you wish to add further anti-bacterial properties.
Skin Toning The final step is to tone the skin to close the pores and prevent impurities from re-entering the pores. You could use a facial toner, but diluted apple cider vinegar works just as well. Gently wipe your skin with cotton wool dipped in whichever toner you use.
An hour or so after you have deeply cleansed your skin you should notice an improvement. Your skin will be fresh and clear and the occurrence of spots over the coming weeks should be greatly reduced.
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