The Double-Cleansing Method


Double cleansing…just the name is enough to make you feel defeated already. “Really, now I have to cleanse twice? I’ll never get caught up on The Walking Dead at this rate!” But people (meaning us, and other smart people with perfect, ahem, skin) swear by it. Here’s the idea. First loosen all the daily dirt, dust, oxidized sebum, dead skin cells and residue from makeup, sunscreens. Then give your skin a healthy, lightly-exfoliating purification with a grain-based cleanser to get rid of any remaining dirt and oil.

Why does this work so well? It’s science really. One of the fundamental principles of chemistry (if you were awake for that class) is “like dissolves like.” Beneficial plant oil serves to break up oil based residues and bacteria that can live in oxidized sebum, leaving your skin ready to receive the benefit of night time moisturizers and antioxidant serums, etc.

You don’t have to do this every day either. Just the days when you can feel your skin becoming congested, or when you really slutted it up and need some serious makeup removal.

How to:

1. Keep your pillowcase clean and do this at night.

2. Pour unto a dropper full of NO EVIL or another suitable gentle oil into your palm.

3. Rub your hands together to warm the oil and smooth over your dry facial skin. {Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time, breathe out your stress, unwind. You want the oil to work into your pores so that blackheads and the like can be dissolved and steamed away.}

4. Using a clean cloth and steamy warm water {warm enough to open your pores, not to scald your skin}, hold the cloth to cover your face and keep it there until it cools. {This releases the toxins that the oil loosened during your massage.}

5. Wipe gently, rinse, and repeat two more times. {Avoid any temptation to scrub, as you’ll find it’s completely unnecessary and could cause irritation}

6. Cleanse with Sow Your Wild Oats as per usual. (Directions here) And moisturize with whatever your skin is craving (Nourish & Replenish, Edith Rose Cream, Lomah, etc.)

Your skin will be perfectly free of all debris, your pores will be clear and all makeup will be completely gone, without any scrubbing on your delicate skin, especially around the eyes.

Try NO EVIL. It’s 100% good.

by Molly Watman


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