Whether your skin is oily, dry, combination, or normal, it is beautiful. Television, magazines, and popular culture may tell you a different story. But, your skin is uniquely yours, making it beautiful! The first mistake we often make when caring for our skin is wanting the skin of another before even learning about and appreciating our own.
I challenge you to touch your skin. Go ahead! Touch it! The dryness, oiliness, sunspots, small pores, large pores, laugh lines, smoothness, roughness and everything in between is what makes you YOU! The composition of your skin is as unique as your fingerprint. The moment you try to have someone else's skin, you have already failed. The secret to harvesting your natural beauty is to start with YOUR natural beauty, not that of someone else.
With all of that said, you may be thinking, "Ok, I love myself, but let's be frank. My skin needs some serious help!” So, let's get started. Keep in mind, however, that your success depends entirely on your commitment to learning your skin and applying these concepts. Figuring out what works best for your skin will take time and patience.
Although everyone’s skin composition is different, there is one constant when it comes to caring for your skin: it needs moisture!
Somehow people have been led to believe that oil is bad for skin. It is often forgotten that skin produces its own good oils. However, we use harsh sulfates (sudsing/foaming ingredients) to strip away all of that oil.
For people with oily skin; after cleansing with sulfates, your pores, in their perfectly-designed nature say, "Wait a minute! Where did all of the moisture go? Guess we've have to make more oil." Then your skin gets oily again and you wash it even more. So people with oily skin often get caught in a cycle of oil stripping then oil over-production.
For those who have dry skin, the pores are most likely already producing just enough moisture but your cleanser is stripping all of it away faster than the skin can reproduce it.
By now some may be wondering, "Well, if I do not use a sudsy cleanser, what am I supposed to do about cleaning my face?" Would you believe it if you learned that butters, oils, and water are your answer? Well, believe it! When followed with raw, unrefined shea butter, good oils like extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and castor oil actually reach deep into your pores to loosen and dissolve dirt as well as bad oils, with the help of warm steam. A warm damp cloth wipes away your unwanted dirt and excess oil. Try the Nighttime Deep Pore Cleanser found at NovemberBeauty.com.
Usually, oil cleansing is done at night before bed with only the quick wipe of a damp cloth needed in the morning. After wiping away the oils with a damp cloth, follow with a very small amount of NovemberBeauty.com's Shea Whip massaged into the skin.
For non-facial skin, try using liquid castile soap, a non-sulfate alternative to harsh mainstream cleansers. Follow that with unrefined shea butter mixed with other natural oils (such as the Shea Whip found at www.NovemberBeauty.com) on damp skin. Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because it contains many fatty acids, which are needed to retain moisture and elasticity. The Vitamins A and E present in shea butter help to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin. They also boost skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Do not be deceived; returning your skin to its natural oil-producing rhythm will take time and patience. But, the process is simple and it works. Stick with it. Remember that you were created uniquely, with a purpose, and in the likeness of God. Harvest your natural beauty!