When it comes to your skincare routine, some steps just arent as fun as others. Luxurious serums and eye crèmes have a certain allure to them, and have the ability to deliver amazing results. However, one thing most people don’t realize is that those results will only be achievable if you begin with an effective cleansing treatment.
Here at Tata Harper Skincare, we believe that cleansing is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine. If you aren’t cleansing effectively, you won’t be receiving the full benefits of anything else you put on your skin – moisturizers, serums, et al.
Cleansing is not meant to be a soapy and sudsy affair. Products that use harsh surfactants, like sodium lauryl sulfate, create an appealing foamy effect, but they are hurting your skin. The goal of cleansing is to remove make-up, dead skin cells and excess dirt or debris, while also leaving all the good stuff in. Our skin should feel balanced, and not stripped, ever.
Often I hear my clients say that they do not feel clean unless they use a cleanser that provides that squeaky clean, tight feel. I then take a moment to re-educate them on how the skin functions. The outer layer of skin is extremely thin: one hundredth of an inch thick! If you think of a very thin piece of paper, you do not want to do anything to it that might cause it to crumple, rip or tear. Harsh soaps and surfactants do just that, by ruining the protective barrier on the surface of your skin, leaving it in a worse condition than when you started! It’s silly to invest heavily in moisturizers and serums if you are simply counteracting the effects of those products with a soapy, stripping cleanser.
All four of our Tata Harper cleansers are doing more than just cleaning the skin – they provide a comprehensive cleansing treatment. They successfully remove what needs to be removed while simultaneously nourishing and replenishing the essential protective barrier that leads to supple, clear skin.
Here’s our major takeaway tip when it comes to cleansing: all of our cleansing treatments are most effective when applied to dry skin. Because we use wonderful high performing ingredients like pomegranate enzymes, clays and exotic oils, we do not want a barrier between the skin and the product. When applied directly to the skin, you are getting the full detoxifying, exfoliating, refining and cleaning benefits of the formula, without a barrier of water. Water actually can dilute the product, reducing the effectiveness.
Once the cleanser has been applied and distributed to your face, massage it in – gently – using circular and fanning motions to activate the ingredients that will provide an amazing cleansing experience! Splashing your face lightly with water for the last few moments of massage helps provide some slip, and then use warm water to fully wash off the product. With our Purifying Cleanser, using cool water to remove feels wonderful.
Try it tonight, and we bet you’ll find that your skin feels much softer and more lush after starting with dry skin. It really can help make a dramatic difference in the skin’s texture!
Personally, I love using our Nourishing Oil Cleanser on dry skin as a first step in my double cleansing routine. It removes my make up, pulls impurities to the surface and nourishes my skin with essential vitamins and fatty acids. Next, I use one our Regenerating Cleanser to exfoliate and clean my skin. It love the way my skin feels buffed and polished, all while maintaining a beautiful balance and glow!
By taking a few extra moments with your cleansing routine, you can transform it from a bore to a lovely, enjoyable element of your regimen. Inhale deeply, and let those essential oils work their magic on your mood!