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Qualities of the Perfect Facial Cleanse

by Eve Stahl
Many of us waiver between the extremes of simply rinsing our face with water to avoid drying out our skin or the use of harsh alkaline based cleansing products that strip the skin of its natural protective oils. It can be difficult to know what is best to do since a facial cleanse needs to remove both water soluble and oil soluble debris. Fortunately there are balanced solutions available.

Let’s have a closer look at the purpose of the first phase of skin care - the facial cleanse. Our skin comes in daily contact with myriad toxins from exhaust fumes, communicable germs, re-cycled air at the work place and more. Add a hot climate or physical activity to the equation and perspiration holds toxins intended for elimination on the skin’s surface. Water alone will not effectively remove the debris.
Equally worthy of consideration is the harm caused by harsh alkaline soaps. They strip your skin of its beneficial protective barrier - the acid mantle, which keeps out harmful bacteria. In defense the skin produces rough callous cells. The production of sebum (oil) by the sebaceous glands becomes unbalanced in reaction to drying soaps. Oily skin gets mixed messages. In response to sudden dryness it compensates by producing excessive oils. Dry skin becomes extremely dry. It appears sallow and becomes rough in texture.

What should the perfect cleanse do?

A perfect cleanse affords deep yet gentle cleansing that soothes and nourishes the skin leaving it feeling clean, balanced, soft and glowing with vibrant health. Yes! All from a cleanse.

What ingredients will offer this end result? Natural ingredients! Gentle use of clay will remove and absorb toxins without stripping the skin. Seaweeds nourish the skin with minerals, amino acids and other valuable nutrients. Oats are cleansing, soothing and calming especially for sensitive skin.

Liquid cleanses are valuable for cleansing the skin while simultaneously feeding it the benefits of vegetable oils specifically chosen for their therapeutic properties and suited to different skin types. A word of caution though, most liquid facial cleansers contain sodium lauryl sulfate which is reported to cause eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf (similar to dandruff) and allergic reactions. According to a report released to the FDA in 1978, when combined with other synthetic chemicals sodium lauryl sulfate can create cancer causing N-nitrosamines.1 Lauryl, laureth sulfates and other coconut derivatives are used to create suds and foam. We have come to associate lots of lather with good cleansing. Nothing could be further from true. The suds and foam may be fun, but they do not assist the cleansing function and they are a definite sign that a harmful ingredient is present.

Why Exfoliate or Mask?

Exfoliates are used to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. This brings young skin cells to the surface and stimulates cell growth in the lower layers of the skin. Removing cell build up on the surface of the skin makes wrinkles appear softer and smoother - less deep. Although beneficial for some skin types, it is important to be gentle with sensitive skin and thin cuperose skin. If exfoliating is overdone or harshly done it can irritate the underlying layers of the skin by exposing the cells prematurely. Use only natural exfoliates that will be gentle. Exfoliates do not need to be harshly abrasive in order to be effective.

Masks are used for deep cleansing to remove undesirable build up of any product that may clog your pores and for those skin types that benefit from occasional deeper attention. A mask should be moisturizing, nourishing and re-mineralizing to the skin. They can offer toning but should not be tightening or drying to the skin. A good mask should leave your skin soft and supple and glowing with radiant health.

Garden of Eve Facial Cleanses do the job

Facial Cleanse or Mask is a deep yet gentle cleanse that soothes and nourishes, improving circulation and revitalizing the skin. A unique blend of bentonite clays and organic irish moss sea weed offer mineral nourishment to the skin while oats gently soothe the skin. It leaves the skin supple, moist and glowing, feeling particularly clean … ready for toner and moisturizer. It is a powder that you mix with toner or water. It has both exfoliating properties and can also be used as a deep cleansing mask.

When I use the Facial Cleanse or Mask daily, my face feels and looks so fresh afterwards and has just the right amount of oil later in the day. My face feels soft all day and has a nice healthy appearing sheen without the obvious T-zone oiliness I've had with other products. It acts like a gentle exfoliate which keeps the smooth appearance my face has at the age of 65. Weekly I leave it on as a mask and it feels extra wonderful, smooth and so clean afterwards, but it never feels dry or taut...like products I used before Garden of Eve entered my daily regime.

Sandy J. Charlottesville, VA

Garden of Eve skin care products do not build up on your skin or clog your pores. Therefore most people do not find it necessary to mask. However, depending on skin type and the products they have been using previously some people like to mask when they first switch to the Garden of Eve skin care system. Others find using the Facial Cleanse or Mask as a face wash daily accomplishes the desired results of clear vibrant skin.

Facial Cleansing Nectar is a lotion form of cleanse. It is a blend of organic oils sunflower, safflower and apricot oils; and kaolin clay. It offers extra nourishing and conditioning that benefits aging skin. It is good for all skin types and is particularly soothing for sensitive and delicate skin. It is conveniently dispensed in a pump bottle.

I have been using the Facial Cleansing Nectar for about 6 weeks and have noticed that my skin appears to be healthier and more vibrant. I am actually using less make-up. I especially like using the cleansing nectar after swimming in the pool because the cleanser helps refresh and hydrate my skin after being in the chlorine.

Natalie B. Colorado Springs, CO

Author, Eve Stahl, is a Health Consultant, Herbalist and Skin Care expert. She specializes in using nature’s plants to enhance the health of people and to protect the health of our planet. To achieve this purpose she has created Garden of Eve Skin Care products for sensitive skin and all skin types. You can visit her company at: www.gardenofeve.com Prospective Affiliates visit: www.gardenofeveskincare.com/affiliate-application

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