Taking it off

Taking it all off…

That is where is all starts. You must take it all off properly, and most

Every one that walks through my salon does it wrong.

As an Aesthetician it is my job to educate every client that sees me professionally on

how the skin functions and how to care for it.

So I start with my first question, how do you wash your face?

Washing your face properly is the foundation of good skin care .

I snicker at all the TV commercials that show a pretty young girl

with perfect skin leaning over the sink splashing water on her face.

So, now I am on a mission to inform my clients  on the correct  way

to  taking it all off.


Do you really think her face is clean? No, it is not. We don’t wash our dishes

With just our fingers and some soap, we need a wash cloth to lift off the debris.

Dishes are not porous, but our skin is. So please use a wash cloth, and use a clean one daily! I am always so surprised to hear a client tell me that her/his Dermatologist told them not to use a wash cloth because they have bacteria.

Well, that’s where a little common sense comes in, using a clean wash cloth does  not have yesterdays’ schmutz on it.

Even if you have a dry complexion and not a lot of oil to wash off, you do have

Perspiration, dead skin cells, make up, smog,  dirt, smoke, your dog’s slobber or a

Host of other impurities.

I recommend washing twice a day. Some of my client enjoy having  two different

Cleansers, one in the morning and one at night. Even the most sensitive skin

Types should be cleansing twice a day. If you feel irritated try using a more gentle

Cleansing wash or checking to see if the cleanser you are using is PH Balanced.

Our skin has a PH of 4.5 – 6.  That makes our skin slightly acidic. When we wash with a product that is too Alkaline, which by the way most commercial, drug store and fancy Department store brands are, you are stripping the NMF (Natural Moisture Factor) from your skin.

The older you get the more you will understand that the moisture in your skin “plumps” up the epidermis and your fine lines look deeper when you strip that moisture out.

Please, do not use body soap on your face, 90% of soaps are Alkaline. You couldn’t pay me to use basic soap on my body never mind the thought of it on my face.

Some with oily skin will say to me that they like that “squeaky clean” feeling.

Well, once again, that is not clean skin, that is striped skin. If you do have active

Sebaceous glads, (oily skin)  you will  be causing your oil glands to pump out more oil after you have  dehydrated the surface.

Clean skin is just that, clean skin. Not striped skin or skin that has an oily residue.

I often have my new clients bring in their cleanser so I can test the PH Balance for them. If they don’t have it with them, I will ask them if their skin feels tight after washing and if it is hard to smile. That is an indication that the product they are using is not PH Balanced and their skin is striped.

Oily skin, which is usually also thicker skin, can tolerate a cleanser that has more active ingredients that penetrate into the follicle for a more thorough cleansing.

Those ingredients could be essential oils of peppermint, tea tree oil,  enzymes or lactic acid. These types of ingredients will give you a deeper cleansing  action to remove the oil and even “unclog” the pores.

You cannot stop the oil, but you can keep the pores clean and clear so they don’t clog up.

You will be thankful as you get older for all that natural lubrication your sebaceous  glands provided you with. You will have less wrinkles than those with a dry thin complexion.

Those of you with acne will benefit from the active ingredients for oily skin as well.

But, if you have thin sensitive skin you are going to have to treat your acne with  a cleanser that has more anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Dry, thin  or mature skin needs a cleanser that is gentle and might even have some beneficial oils in it.

A facial cleanser could be a milky cleanser or a gel. As long as you stay away from

Products that have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This is a harsh chemical used in industrial cleaning supplies. The main purpose of SLS is to give the product that foaming or rich lather that most associate with clean skin, but it is striping that natural moisture factor and it is very inflammatory.

All the cleansers that I sell, can also be used to remove eye make up.

The first step is to remove your eye make up, one eye at a time.

I start with the eye make up because I don’t want black mascara and colored eye shadow on my wash cloth when I am removing my cleanser from my face.

Using your cleanser use a dab of product mixed with a little water, gently work into your lashes and up across your lids then to the eye brows. Work in small circles to dissolve mascara, eye shadow and brow pencil. Then take a damp cotton ball or tissue to remove the make up.

Now with your fingers take your cleanser (some will need a bit of water  to  lather up and some are ment to be used with out water) and work this into your skin. Think about this step to loosen up the debris on the surface of your skin. Then take your clean wet wash cloth to lift off the cleanser and remove the impurities. I rinse my wash cloth out 2 or 3 times to really feel clean. If I have worked my cleanser in well, I only have to apply the product once, but like I said, I rinse with my wash cloth 2 or 3 times.

There you have it, nice clean skin.


You have taken it all off, and doesn’t it feel and look good.


The Japanese women refer to their face as a pearl, and polish their pearls daily.


Enjoy your clean skin, the foundation of beautiful skin.


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