A Guide to Deep Cleansing

Every day, our skin faces a lot of stressors – pollution, dirt, and sweat, among others. Add the daily makeup we put on our skin. For someone with oily skin like me, if I don’t deeply cleanse, my skin can feel congested, rough, and just plain tired. This will lead to blackheads, breakouts, and all those unfortunate skin problems. So I take some time on a weekend, usually Saturday morning, or afternoon when I prefer to sleep in, with some music on, to provide extra care on my face. The goal is to have cleansed pores and healthy skin.

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Cleanse Thoroughly

As soon as I wake up I use a cleansing balm to remove what the skincare products I put on the night before. Something that will remove everything like the All Clean Balm from Heimish or the Pore Cleansing Oil from Roccoco Botanicals, to start anew. Then I proceed with a cleanser like the Jelly Cleanser from J.One or the Deep Cleanse from Tatcha to remove other impurities that are still on my skin and prevent future breakouts with the use of a cleansing brush like the Clarisonic Mia 2. If you’re looking for something gentler, you can use Opus Luxe from Nion, which uses a vibrating anti-bacterial silicon to cleanse the skin. I pat my face afterward with a soft facial towel, not rub, to not irritate my skin.

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Exfoliate with a Passion

Some would go for a scrub but it’s a matter of preference. I don’t like small rock-like textures rubbing into my skin. I go for rinse-off exfoliating pads that won’t make my skin red. They help to remove dead skin cells, smoothen the skin’s texture, and balance the skin. You can check out the Centenella Green Level All in One Mild Pad from Purito or Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Perfect Wine Sparkling Peeling Pad from Elizavecca. They will further get rid of dead skin cells, which can clog the pores that lead to breakouts. These pads will also brighten the skin and give it a nice glow, countering the dull-looking skin.

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Mask and Take a Selfie

A favorite part of this ritual, I use a facial mask. It’s one of the most important parts of my skincare routine, as someone who has oily skin and is prone to the occasional breakout. When I can feel a breakout looming, I grab Exfolikate from Kate Somerville. If my skin is feeling really congested, I pull out the Cleansing Clay Exfoliant from Alchemy Holistics. This is really great for oily skin types as it really sucks out everything but leaves the skin so soft afterward. When I’m feeling really oily, I go for Supermud Clearing Treatment from Glamglow or Noire Charcoal Mask from Cardea AuSet. These masks are sure to draw out excess oil, pollutants, and other waste materials that get trapped inside pores.

Twice a month, I follow masking with the Baby Facial from Drunk Elephant, for an at-home facial experience. It contains a 25% AHA and 2% BHA blend with Glycolic plus Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic acids. I will have a guaranteed baby-soft skin afterward.

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Moisturize Like You Mean It

After all that cleansing, I spray on a facial mist like ENature’s Vita8 Nutritive Mist to refresh the skin and provide instant hydration, like a tall drink of water. I will then lather on a moisturizer to seal in the skin and protect everything I just did. I usually go for the Pure Whipped Chiffon Moisturizer from Serumtologie or the Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel from Boscia. These two will moisturize and hydrate the skin and make it feel plump and healthy

Happy Selfcare!

**published on puropulence.com last March 2018

Warm Weather Beauty

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Warm weather is a time for friends, vacations, and tans. For some, it is also a time for sweat, sunburns, overexposure to the sun. Similar to how we use particular products to our face for the winter, we also need to do some changes at this time. There are just some products that work best when the sun is up.

Cleanse Like You Mean It. For someone with oily skin like me, I rotate two cleansers during the warmer months. I use the Clean Bee from Farmacy daily for gentle but effective cleansing and the Exfoliating Cleanser from Zo Skin Health for those days when I’ve been outdoors for too long. This helps to remove all that extra grime and dirt my face encounters during the day. For removing makeup, which I never forget even after a long night, I go for the All Clean Balm from Heimish or the Under the Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water from Girl Undiscovered. You bet, I have cleansed my face half asleep. Yes, I created a huge mess in my bathroom but I didn’t wake up with a pimple the morning after.

Exfoliate after Being Outdoors For Too Long. Twice a week, I use a more decongesting mask during these warmer months because I breakout more at this time. Oily skin types get greasier and if we’re outdoors for too long, there are more things we encounter that will clog our pores. I use the Sailor by CB Gentle Resurfacing Mask midweek to refresh and rejuvenate my skin or the Cleansing Clay Exfoliant from Alchemy Holistics if my face is really feeling clogged. I also use my trusty Sukari Baby Facial from Drunk Elephant during the weekends to get that renewed skin feeling after a week under the sun.

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Clear, Bright Skin. Since I break out more during these warmer months, I go for toners and serums that will help prevent these. I also always use a more hydrating toner like Ultra Botanic Skin Water from A by Bom to hydrate my skin and help keep the oil at bay. I follow this with the Biologique Recherche P50 to help me eliminate blackheads and breakouts. I use the P50 sparingly as because of its strength and alternate this something gentler, like the Le Dew Aloe Facial Refresher Mist.

To treat my skin concerns, I use the Vitamin C Serum from Mad Hippie Skincare evens and brightens the skin tone. This serum is also great from those moments that can’t be helped – when breakouts and, consequently, dark spots can happen as this fast-tracks fading those pesky dark spots. I always reach for the Moisture Serum from Pyunkangyul to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Whenever I use this, I don’t get that oily throughout the day.

It’s Warm but It Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Moisturize. Even with oily skin, long exposures to the sun can cause your skin to dry out. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is key. For the face, I use the True Aqua Bomb from Belif, which is a gel-type moisturizer that soothes, moisturizes, and hydrates the skin after a long day. In the morning, I use the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie in the morning because it’s lightweight, dries matte, and it reduces the redness around my nose.

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Don’t Forget About the Rest of Your Body. The rest of my body is as dry as my skin is oily. The All in 1 Beauty Aid Cream from Touch In Sol is a savior as it contains ceramide to provide a non-sticky and easily absorbed moisture to the skin. For my hair, I use Prose to condition my hair. They customize their products from season to season, to address climate concerns like humidity, UV, wind, and pollution and they base the formula on your zip code.

For my hair, which gets drier as the temperature rises, I like to keep it natural and use the Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray from Dry Bar. With this, I can just loosely twist my hair, spray this on, leave it for 15 mins, and I will get beach waves that will last for 6 hours before I see a slight limping. If I want a more stylized look, I will reach for the Fatboy Hair Sea Salt Pomade as this doesn’t make my hair look frizzy, especially at the ends. It can make my hair look undone and but not crazy. It’s also great for creating a tousled look. Both products also get you in a good mood because they both smell beachy.

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If I’m looking to glow, I go to the Plum Rose Organic Body Oil from Coast Sydney Botanicals. It’s not sticky and it creates a subtle sheen, which of course looks great while you’re lounging outdoors. Most importantly, however, we need protection. I usually reach for No Excuses from Julep, which I use for every day. When I’m going to the beach or know that I’m going to be under the sun for too long, I use the Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector from Shiseido it’s light, oil-free, and appears matte when applied to my skin.

Of course, we need some color. Makeup Sticks are my go-to for this time. Multi-purpose products are paving the way to packing light after all the Lip Crayon from Axiology in Bliss as it gives me the perfect salmon pink lip. For natural-looking rosy cheeks, I go for the Cream Blush from Nui Berlin in Pititi. It’s a lifesaver because I can use this on my eyes as well. For a punch of highlight, I use Glossier’s Haloscope in Topaz for a dewy sheen.

With this long list, I can now focus on how to pack them all.