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Article: Face it! Are You Using the Right Facewash?

Face it! Are You Using the Right Facewash?

Face it! Are You Using the Right Facewash?

We tend to take skin for granted, instead focusing on more revealing or attention-grabbing aspects of the body such as the eyes, lips or nose. But the skin plays a key role in your protection and well-being. It is the largest organ in the body, and the first line of defence against everything the world throws at us. It’s true… the skin literally takes a lot of beating!

We can only marvel at the wonder that skin is. It keeps the body completely waterproof, plays a key role in regulating body temperature, and even has the power to regenerate and heal itself. Sometimes it can also reflect or indicate underlying health issues that are still to manifest themselves.

The Wonder of Skin
Skin is truly amazing! Did you know that it renews itself every 28 days or so? Literally, turning over every four weeks! Skin cells constantly die, and those on the surface get exfoliated and replaced by those percolating upwards from below. Which means, you have new skin every month. Not all in one go, of course.

Every inch of your skin comprises some nineteen million cells, 650 sweat glands, a thousand nerve endings and twenty blood vessels. So much packed into so little space!

For what it does for us, we really owe skin plenty. Alas, many a time, we end up doing just the opposite in the way we treat it. Ironically this, despite very good intentions. Take facial skin for example. In our desperate attempt to attain flawless, clear and glowing face skin, we subject it to all kinds of harmful soaps, scrubs, exfoliators, shampoos, facewashes and what have you. Often laden with chemicals, they actually do your skin and face more harm than good.

Facewash sounds like such a healthy, beneficial and medical product. But what is the reality? At the base of it all, a facewash is a very good idea – it’s meant to wash away all the build-up of dirt, grime, oil and other impurities that bombard the skin every day. While your facewash may be doing all of that, is it coming at a price because of certain chemicals in its formulation? More specifically, even if those chemicals may not be harmful, all things remaining equal, do they really suit your specific skin-type?

Determining Your Skin Type
We all have different skin types from one another. Some may have oily skin; others the exact opposite – dry and flaky. There’s even something called ‘combination skin’ – where some areas are oily, but others dry. Then, you may just have sensitive skin… regardless of whether it’s oily, dry or normal. And yes, in a utopian world, we’d all have the skin type described as normal; although there may still be degrees of normalcy from case to case.

You probably know the type of skin you have; however, you can confirm the same via a simple home test. Wash your face with a neutral or mild cleanser, then gently pat it dry without rubbing. Wait about half an hour, then observe your skin carefully.

If your face generally appears bright and shiny all around, you probably have oily skin. If it feels tight, scaly and a bit uncomfortable, it’s almost a cinch yours is dry skin. If the shine is limited to a defined area – almost always the T-Zone (that is, the T formed by the forehead, nose and chin) – while the rest of your face feels dry, you have combination skin. If everything looks and feels just right… lucky you; you’re most likely blessed with normal skin!

A variant of the above test is the use of blotting paper to determine the oil content of your face. The same procedure is followed, except that instead of just observing, you pat blotting paper on the different areas of your face, then hold the paper to the light, and see how oily or dry each is.

Zeroing in on the Right Facewash
In the end, it always comes down to using the right facewash for your skin type, and then using it in the right way and at the right time. Simply put, the starting point has to be the right face wash for your skin type. Get this wrong and nothing else will matter.

Creamier facewashes are made for dry skin – fortifying it with vital hydration, without stripping any of the skin’s natural essential oils. Foamier facewashes are better suited to oily skin types. They help control oil generation, while maintaining hydration levels and providing nourishment. These are deeper cleansing products.

Then there are gel-based facewashes and clay-based as well. The latter are known for their natural detoxifying and oil-absorbing properties, and hence popular with those who are acne prone.

Always make an informed decision. Read the ingredients carefully, do your due diligence on what each of those do. Such information is easily verifiable off the net.

Go Organic!
Of course, when in doubt, always go natural and organic. These kinds of facewashes are completely free from harmful chemicals as they only use herbs and natural ingredients whose efficacy has been tried and tested down the centuries.

If you still don’t know where to source those, We Herbal makes it easy for you. This Ayurvedic wellness and beauty brand comes with the promise of no artificial chemicals, colours or flavours. Leveraging the goodness of Mother Nature’s own beneficial herbs to give your skin the treatment it craves, without any side effects.

You can browse through the entire range of We Herbal’s organic products and procure what suits you best – online and at your convenience, right here.

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