We agree with the philosophy that skin needs a balance of stimulation, rest and nutrition for optimal results. This philosophy compares your skin, in a way, to your muscles. Consider your workouts. If you went to the gym and focused only on the same muscle group for 7 days in a row without rest or feeding your body properly, you would quickly set yourself up for injury. The same can be said of your skin. Over-exfoliating can lead to skin imbalance and hyper-sensitivity. Exfoliation sends your skin into action, repairing and regenerating at a cellular level. It is vital to rest and feed your skin in between these exfoliating sessions in order for the skin to repair and regenerate properly.
That being said, there are certain cleansers that stimulate the skin through exfoliation and others that keep skin clean and calm. It is often recommended use two different cleansers, one “active” and one “resting” cleanser, alternating them throughout the week. Toners are usually considered active treatments, and should be included on days when active cleansers are used. This general rule can and should be tweaked for each skin condition. For example, skin that feels thick, oily sun damaged or mature can handle more active cleansing days and less resting days – in order to improve cell turnover these skin conditions may need more “exercise.” Sensitive, thin or younger skin may require fewer active cleansing days and longer periods of rest in between. It’s a safe bet to cleanse with an active cleanser and toner 2-3 days a week, resting your skin in between. If your skin feels dry or sensitive, decrease the active days. If your skin is still feeling thick, oily or sluggish, increase the active days.
Here are some wonderful active or stimulating facial cleansers:
Sanitas Glycolic Citrus Cleanser – great for any skin type
Sanitas Salicylic Herbal Cleanser – best for oily, congested or acneic skin
Aroma Bella Foaming Wash – great for any skin type, best for normal to oily skin
Aroma Bella Exfoliating Wash – great for any skin type, best for mature skin
DNA Mediclear Skin Lightening Wash – best for congested, oily or hyper pigmented skin
Here are our favorite resting facial cleansers:
Sanitas Moisturizing Cleanser – best for dry or sensitive skin
Sanitas Lemon Cream Cleanser – great for any skin type
Aroma Bella Cleansing Lotion – great for any skin type, best for normal to dry skin
DNA Crème of Nectar Soothing – great for any skin type