Facial Care Tips & DIY Skincare Products
A thorough cleaning is the first step towards proper and effective skincare. The cleaning removes dirt, sebum, sweat and makeup, thus the skin itself is prepared for proper care. Use a gel or micellar water to clean. If the skin is not cleaned thoroughly, it cannot take in all the beneficial effects of the cream and serums.
Face cleaning with tonic
There are 2 key steps in a thorough cleaning routine: Use either milk or a cleansing gel to clean before you apply the tonic. If you have makeup on around your eyes, it is recommended that you add a separate remedy for removing the makeup around that area. The cleaning itself is very important for skin prone to acne because it helps maintain a natural balance as well as supporting the natural renewal process.
You will not keep your face clean with just water. A medium is needed to bind to the dirt and gently removes that from your skin.
Pick a remedy that will not dry the skin but is also gentle on it, one that is right for your specific skin type and/or problem, dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin.
To choose between milk or gel, the general rule of thumb is that the more the skin is prone to dry, the higher the chance that milk is more suited to be used for cleaning. Cleansing gels are more appropriate for normal and mixed skin types.
The application of tonic on the face is primarily to remove all impurities that were not removed with the skincare remedy. By using a tonic, the skin is also refreshed, fortified and PH-balanced.
If you are out of your favourite tonic or have not yet used one, here is one that you can make yourself at home!
- 60 ml of strong green tea (best to use 3 tea bags)
- 30 ml of apple cider vinegar
- 15 ml of Witch Hazel extract
- 10 ml of lemon juice
- 1 - 2 drops of almond oil
- 1 - 3 drops of Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree) oil
- A plastic bottle for storing the tonic
- Into the brewed and chilled tea, add the apple cider vinegar (if you have dry skin, add more green tea, or the other way around if you have oily skin, use more cider).
- Add the lemon juice and witch hazel extract.
- Add the almond oil and "tea tree" oil (if your skin is prone to redness, use more of both).
- Pour the liquid into the bottle and keep it in the fridge. Shake before you use it every time.