The surface of your skin needs to be kept moist as well as clean, to protect it from
the harmful effects of drying winds, burning sun and environmental pollution.
All preparation used either to cleanse, tone, moisturize or nourish the skin should be
used in moderation. Always remember that your skin is alive, breathing and eliminating
and that its delicate balance of pH, moisture and immunity can easily be damaged by too
much cleansing, toning and moisturizing which can clog the pores.
The preparations you use on your skin will very according to your skin type, the time of year,
your general health and the atmosphere you live in, Beware of using the same product for too
long, as your skin can become sensitive to it. When applying anything to your skin, always be
gentle, do not drag the skin or rub it too vigorously. Avoid extremes of temperature such as
facial saunas or cold water splashes to wake you up in the morning. Make-up is best avoided as
far as possible as it tends to clog up the pores, it dries and ages the skin as well as making
it look dull and lifeless.
Removing dirt and make-up is best done once a day at night, unless your skin is very oily,
in which case it may be necessary to cleanse in the morning as well. Cleansing creams and
lotions are preferable to water and most soaps, which can over-dry the skin and damage its pH,
especially if your skin is dry and sensitive. However, un perfumed natural soaps and rainwater
are suitable for many people for face washing.
Regular toning after cleansing, a bath or facial steaming, is important to keep the skin from
and fine in texture. It counteracts any tendency to large pores, and sagging of the skin, and
well help eliminate excessive oiliness and any residue left from the cleanser. Skin tonics are
generally prepared with astringent fruits or herbs which have a refreshing and stimulating
effect on the skin.
Light oil, creams or lotions can be applied to the skin regularly to protect the skin from
the effects of winds, sun, central heating, and environmental pollution. Avoid using heavy
oils or creams as they do not allow the skin to breathe properly. It is best only to moisturize
in the morning and leave the skin to breathe freely at night.