How to Clean My Face | Smooth Beauty Skin

With the passage of time, skin needs more time and care. But getting a spa facial can be an expensive affair.  Why not harness Nature’s own bounty of fruits, waiting for you to discover their skin-pampering benefits? I doubt any cream or lotion can match them!

The five that I have listed here are probably already on your plate or in your bowl, but get them to play a starring role in your skin care routine, and you will get better-than-spa results.

Banana: bananas are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin A, B, C, magnesium, potassium, and folate. The fruit heals cracked skin, hydrates and nourishes it beautifully, delaying the signs of ageing. Mashed banana mixed with a little honey is manna for skin.

Avocado: incredibly rich and creamy, avocados readily transfer their moist goodness on to your skin. Peel, seed and mash an avocado. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil. Your hydrating face mask is ready! Apply it all over face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water, and dab face dry.

Papaya: rich in Vitamin A and papain, papaya offers excellent antioxidant benefits, helping skin get rid of toxins and wear a radiant look. Simply apply papaya pulp onto your face and neck, and relax for a few minutes, eyes closed. Wash off with tepid water, followed by a splash of cold water. For deeper hydration, mix some milk and honey into the mashed fruit. Did you know: even the skin of papaya contains skin-pampering nutrients. After peeling, rub the moist inner skin along your face. Wash off. Your skin will feel wide awake and fresh.

Tomato:  Yes, tomato is a fruit! The juice of tomato is nutritional gold. But have you tried tomato-based face masks to tighten and brighten skin? You should. Tomatoes can reduce blemishes and blackheads. They  even out skin tone, and shrink pores. Mix tomato pulp with a little oatmeal, and you have an exfoliating mask. Mix lemon juice with tomato pulp, and you have a cleansing mask. What can be easier—and more effective?!

Strawberries: the antioxdiant power of strawberries helps you defy age. The beautiful berry supports connective tissue, healing the skin from within. Crush 8 to 10 strawberries into a pulp, and mix with 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this delicious mask on your face, and wash off after a good 20 minutes. Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and radiant.

Mineral oil, a clear liquid made from distilled petroleum, is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetics and in baby oil. It is effective at removing dirt and makeup from the face while retaining moisture and creating a protective barrier against pollutants.

  1. Facial cleansers with mineral oil are available in several forms. Pure mineral oil or baby oil will not create a lather, even if combined with water. Some people find the runny consistency hard to control. Cold cream is solid and easier to apply. It also will not lather because it does not contain surfactants—chemicals that cause a substance to become sudsy. Liquid face washes that include mineral oil and foam up when combined with water can be found at drugstores.
  2. For sensitive skin, apply your choice of mineral oil product with your fingertips. Massage the product in small circles, and keep your eyes closed. Unless specified otherwise, the product can be used to remove eye makeup.
  3. For skin that is not sensitive, the product can be applied directly to dry skin with a wash cloth or exfoliating accessory. Massage the product in small circles. Use only your fingertips around the delicate eye area.
  4. Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe the excess mineral oil from your skin. Rinsing your skin with warm water also will dissolve the oil. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. If the mineral oil is not fully removed, rinse again or wipe the area with a wash cloth.
  5. Mineral oil will not leave the squeaky-clean feeling you get from many soaps and face washes that strip your skin’s natural oil. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the oil provides a barrier between your face and the environment, protecting your skin from pollutants and sealing in moisture.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you can take proactive steps to ensure that your face remains smooth and clear of blemishes and acne. For environmentally conscious beauty-seekers (who may be leery of using commercial soaps and cleansers), consider using rice water to wash your face. In Asian cultures, rice water was not simply poured down the drain once the rice was done. Traditionally, rice water was used as an energy drink, as a starch for cleaning clothes, and for washing the hair and face.

  1. Cook a serving of rice according to the instructions on the packet. Typically, for a two to three person serving, boil one cup of rice with two cups of water.
  2. Strain the rice and save the water. Use the rice for your meal or put the rice in the refrigerator for later. Let the water cool.
  3. Soak a clean washcloth in the cooled rice water. Wipe the washcloth on your face and in your hair. Scrub your cheeks and your forehead. Do not press so hard as to irritate your skin, but press firmly enough to remove any dirt and oil. Repeat as necessary.

Although drinking milk bolsters bones and teeth with calcium, magnesium and protein, helps regulate blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, the creamy beverage also packs plenty of skin-friendly benefits. Calcium-rich milk lends homemade face washes a soothing, normalizing effect, and its vitamin E content helps smooth the skin. Milk, coupled with a few common household items, plays a part in numerous do-it-yourself face washes, each of which caters to different skin types.

Do DIY DillFor an all-natural face wash that caters to all skin types and helps eliminate dead skin cells, turn to milk, aloe and the culinary herb dill. Cut a few lengths of fresh aloe down the center of each stalk, scooping out the gel with a spoon. (You can also use pure aloe-vera gel to save some effort.) Mix about a spoonful of aloe gel with a half cup of milk and a spoonful of finely chopped dill, stirring until the ingredients take on a smooth consistency. Massage the face wash into damp skin for roughly a minute and rinse your face clean with warm and then cold water. Milk and aloe exfoliate and soothe the skin, while dill fights off free radicals, which accelerate the aging process by breaking down the proteins that form skin. Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Abolish OilMix a spoonful of powdered skim milk with an equal amount of honey and stir in a couple drops of apple cider vinegar to create a gentle face wash that helps alleviate oily skin. After the mixture takes on a smooth, creamy texture, gently massage it onto your face in a circular motion. Massage for about a minute or so before rinsing your face with warm water. The addition of detoxifying apple cider vinegar helps this wash reduce inflammation and prevent acne breakouts. Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Scrub for SuccessAlthough face washes help calm and moisturize skin, scrubs slough off dead skin cells and open the pores, offering essential exfoliating properties. Combine a spoonful of milk — go with skim for oily skin or two percent for normal or combination skin — with an equal amount of dry cream and honey. Toss in a spoonful of ground almonds to add a bit of grit. Alternatively, mix equal parts milk and honey with two spoonfuls each of rolled oats and mashed bananas for a gentler scrub that also works as a mask. Massage these scrubs into your skin for a minute or two and rinse with warm then cold water. Use a facial scrub in place of your regular wash about three times per week. Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Make a MaskMilk does more than just wash the skin — all by its lonesome, it makes for a gentle-yet-effective facial mask. Dab a milk-dampened cotton ball on your face and let the milk rest until your skin feels tight. Rinse with warm water for a softening effect. For an easy plumping mask, dampen cotton pads with whole milk and let them rest on your face for about five minutes. To mildly exfoliate, mix a cup of brown sugar with half as much honey and a large spoonful of whole milk or more for a gentler mask. Spread the mixture on your face and let it rest for about 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse your skin clean with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer. Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Many men assume that only women need to be concerned about facial care; however, maintaining a clean and clear face is important for men too. Healthy skin portrays youth and confidence, which are important characteristics in the workplace and relationships. Follow these steps to maintain a clean and clear face.

  1. Select the right cleanser for your skin type. There are three skin types: oily, normal and combination.
  2. Turn on your faucet, allowing it to run until the water is tepid. Wash your hands with soap and then splash your face with water.
  3. Apply the cleanser to your fingertips, a clean washcloth or a facial-cleaning sponge.
  4. Start above your eyes and wipe the cleanser in an upward motion, over your forehead and towards your hairline.
  5. Begin just below your eyes and wipe in a downward motion over your cheeks. Repeat until you’ve thoroughly cleaned both cheeks.
  6. Scrub your temple areas and neck with cleanser.
  7. Rinse your face and neck with tepid water.
  8. Blot your skin with a clean towel until it is completely dry.

There are many different kinds of soap available today. Some contain moisturizers, some are antibacterial, and many are scented. If you choose to wash your face with soap, you should typically use a soap that is made for the face rather than a general body soap. The latter is often too harsh to use on the delicate skin of the face. You should also pay attention to your skin’s needs. If you have oily skin, a regular face soap is fine. If you have dry skin, however, the soap will probably dry it out even more. For dry skin, opt for a gentle soap that contains moisturizers, even if you plan on moisturizing after you wash.

  1. Run warm water from your sink faucet, and wet a clean washcloth. Gently rub it over your face to open the pores.
  2. Wet a bar of soap beneath the faucet and rub it in your hands to create lather. Spread the lather over your face using circular motions with your fingers. If you are using liquid soap, pump a quarter-sized amount into your hand and spread it over your face using circular motions.
  3. Leave the soap on your face for up to a full minute. If you are using a moisturizing soap, this will help moisturize even more. If you are intentionally using regular soap to dry out oily skin, waiting a minute will also help.
  4. Wet your washcloth in warm water again. Rub the washcloth over your face, paying special attention to areas around your nose and near the hairline, where oil and dirt tend to collect. Rinse the washcloth again in warm water and wash the soap off.
  5. Turn the sink faucet to cold, and splash your face with the cold water. This helps close the pores. When you’ve rinsed all the soap off, gently pat your face dry with a towel.

Washing your face seems like an easy task, but washing too much or too little can lead to over-drying, irritation and acne breakouts. It is important to determine your skin type and wash your face accordingly to maintain the best appearance possible.

Normal SkinNormal skin should be washed twice daily. Wash once in the morning with cool water and a mild cleanser to remove any dirt or oil that built up while sleeping. Dry the face and go about your daily moisturizing and makeup application. In the evening, start with a facial scrub if you wear heavy makeup. If wearing long-lasting eye makeup, use an eye makeup remover designed specifically to remove thick mascara and eyeliner. Follow up by washing with a mild cleanser.

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Oily SkinOily skin requires a bit more treatment, as oil and dirt build up in the pores quickly, leaving skin with a greasy look. Wash your face at least twice daily with a face wash designed specially for oily skin. When wearing makeup or moisturizer, use oil-free products that prevent excess oil from building up. Wash your face in the morning, afternoon when possible and again before bed. With your nighttime regimen, use a face wash and follow up with a toner that is designed to remove excess oil and buildup. Toner can also be used throughout the day to absorb excess oil, if dabbing with a tissue does not pick up the excess.

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Dry SkinDry skin requires special care, as washing too often can over-dry it, causing cracking and peeling of the skin. Wash your face in the morning with cold water only; do not use a cleanser. Choose a moisturizer made for dry skin and apply it as directed. Wash your face again at night, this time using a mild cleanser after a makeup remover if you wear makeup. Exfoliate with a mild face scrub a couple of times a week to remove dead skin cells and follow up with moisturizer to replenish the skin.

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Skin With AcneIt is important to handle acne with care. First, determine your skin type — normal, oily or dry — and follow that cleansing routine. Use a soft washcloth when washing your face, as scrubbing hard irritates acne and causes inflammation. Use a facial cleanser designed especially for skin with acne. If your problems persist, purchase an acne cream designed to be dabbed on the acne itself and left on overnight.

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A dog’s face is one of her most sensitive areas, and washing it requires special care. Whether you’re cleaning away every last scrap of the most recent smelly and disgusting substance your dog has rolled in, or finishing off her regular bath routine, following clear steps each time you wash her face reassures your dog that she has nothing to fear about being touched near her mouth, eyes and ears. Wash your dog’s face before toweling or blow-drying the rest of her body after bath time. You can use the opportunity to check her eyes and ears for bumps, inflammation or soreness.

Step 1:Wash your dog’s face after washing and rinsing the rest of her body if you’re washing her face during bath time. Although you may have used shampoo to wash her elsewhere, don’t use it to wash her face. Rinse out a washcloth covered in shampoo if you plan to use it on your dog’s face.

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Step 2:Comb your dog’s face gently if she’s a breed with long hair on her face, such as an old English sheepdog or Yorkshire terrier.

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Step 3:Soak a clean washcloth in clean, warm water and wring it out until it’s damp. Hold your dog’s face gently under her jaw with one hand and wipe her face with the washcloth in the other hand. Wipe in the direction her fur lies, starting from her nose and working toward her ears.

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Step 4:Wipe the outside of your dog’s ears, and gently remove any dirt that’s trapped on the inner hairs of her ears with your fingertips, but don’t push the washcloth inside.

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Step 5:Rinse and wring out the washcloth as needed while washing your dog’s face. Clean under any folds in her skin, and wipe stubborn spots several times until they’re clean. Avoid roughly rubbing or scrubbing your dog’s face.

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Step 6:Wipe your dog’s face with a clean, dry washcloth when it’s clean, taking care to dry beneath any skin folds. Comb any long facial hair to speed up the drying process.

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Many men assume that only women need to be concerned about facial care; however, maintaining a clean and clear face is important for men too. Healthy skin portrays youth and confidence, which are important characteristics in the workplace and relationships. Follow these steps to maintain a clean and clear face.

  1. Select the right cleanser for your skin type. There are three skin types: oily, normal and combination.
  2. Turn on your faucet, allowing it to run until the water is tepid. Wash your hands with soap and then splash your face with water.
  3. Apply the cleanser to your fingertips, a clean washcloth or a facial-cleaning sponge.
  4. Start above your eyes and wipe the cleanser in an upward motion, over your forehead and towards your hairline.
  5. Begin just below your eyes and wipe in a downward motion over your cheeks. Repeat until you’ve thoroughly cleaned both cheeks.
  6. Scrub your temple areas and neck with cleanser.
  7. Rinse your face and neck with tepid water.
  8. Blot your skin with a clean towel until it is completely dry.

Maltese dogs are known for white, fluffy fur. However, with white fur comes facial staining. Many Maltese owners have issues with tear stains and food stains on their dogs’ faces. Not doing anything about your dog’s face stains only makes them worse and harder to fix. Clean your dog’s face properly and make a few changes to your dog’s food and water to help prevent deep staining.

  1. Pour 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide into a bowl. Add enough cornstarch to the bowl to make a thick paste. The cornstarch and peroxide help whiten stained hair.
  2. Put a small amount of the paste on the bristles of a soft toothbrush. Apply the paste to your dog’s face. Avoid getting any of the paste in its eyes. Let the paste dry; then gently rub it off with a clean washcloth. Rinse the face with clean, warm water.
  3. Boil a cup of purified water. Let the water cool down until it’s lukewarm. Wet a clean, white washcloth with the water. Apply a dab of whitening shampoo to the washcloth. Gently clean your dog’s face with the washcloth. Avoid getting the shampoo in its eyes.
  4. Dip a fresh, clean white cloth in the lukewarm water. Gently rinse the dog’s face with the cloth until you remove all the shampoo.

It is important to pay gentle attention to your skin and know the best products to use on it. You need to know whether your skin is normal, dry, oily or a combination. There are dozens of theories about the best way to wash your face, but there are a couple of ways that may work best for you, such as washing daily with a gentle cleanser or exfoliating with a scrub.

  • Washing your face dissolves dirt, makeup and oils from the environment and particles that have made contact with your face. It also unclogs pores and removes dead skin. You should wash your face at least once daily to help keep your skin clean, unclogged and to prevent acne. This goes hand in hand with using the correct cleanser for your face. Get a cleanser that corresponds with your skin type. Darker skins are usually more dry and oily then lighter hues.
  • If you have dry skin, creamy cleansers with moisturizers or oil are ideal. For oily skin, avoid cleansers with cream, oils or moisturizers, and opt for a gel cleanser. For normal skin, choose a gentle, nutrient-rich cleanser, and for combination skin, find a cleanser that has an equal balance of moisturizing and cleansing ingredients. Don’t use bar soap because that will dry out your skin too much, no matter what skin type you have.
  • Before washing your face, clean your hands with an antibacterial soap to remove grease and germs that you don’t want on your face, then remove any makeup with makeup remover. Turn the water to warm–not hot–and lightly splash it on your face. Apply about a dime-size dollop of cleanser onto the tips of your fingers. Transfer some to your other hand’s fingers, and then begin to massage the cleanser into your face with your fingertips. Rub in small circular motions, starting at the forehead, then working your way down to the nose and cheeks. Proceed down to the chin, jawline and neck, focusing on each area for about 30 seconds.

    This massage method works well because you are stimulating your circulation around your face. Wash your face like this once a night. Don’t over-cleanse your face because this can stimulate excess oil production. Wash off the cleanser with warm water, then use a clean towel to wipe off the water and residue. Each morning, rinse your face with clean warm water to remove oils that may have built up overnight.

  • Exfoliation is a way to clean your face to keep it healthy and glowing. Exfoliate your face about once a week to remove the top layer of dead skin cells that may dull complexions. Use a store-bought gentle scrub with small grains or particles that can also provide added nutrients to your skin such as vitamin E and avocado extracts. Massage the exfoliating scrub on your face just as you used the cleanser. Wash off the exfoliating scrub with warm water, then wipe off any water and leftover residue with a clean towel.

Pimples can greatly detract from one’s appearance. If you have pimples, you don’t have to put up with them. You can take steps to clear pimples off your face and obtain a smooth complexion. To effectively keep pimples off your face, you must maintain a dedicated skincare regime. There are also various treatments available to spot-treat pimples, helping to get rid of them.

  1. Wash your face twice daily. If you wish to clear pimples from the area, you must remove sweat, oil and makeup regularly. If you don’t, these substances can clog your pores and lead to pimples. For best results, choose an antibacterial cleanser that contains salicylic acid, an effective ingredient for use on acne-prone skin.
  2. Use an astringent or toner on your face. Place a small amount on a cotton ball and swipe it over your face. Astringents and toners help to maintain skin’s pH balance and eliminate dirt and bacteria.
  3. Try a deep-cleaning mask on your face twice weekly. Masks that contain mud or citric acids are effective at treating pimple-prone skin. These key ingredients absorb excess oil and pull bacteria out from deep within the pores.
  4. Apply acne treatment cream to your pimples. You can find various creams available in most cosmetic and drug stores. Opt for a cream that contains benzoyl peroxide, one of the most effective ingredients for treating pimples. Benzoyl peroxide gets rid of bacteria and excess oil, promoting clean skin.
  5. Mix equal parts baking soda and water into a paste. Apply the paste to the pimples on your face and let it work for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing. Baking soda absorbs excess oil and thwarts bacteria, helping to clean the pimples.
  6. Put lemon juice on your pimples. The natural acidity of the lemon juice will dry out pimple-prone skin and kill bacteria, helping to clear it more quickly.
  7. See a dermatologist. If you are unable to clear the pimples from your face on your own, talk to a dermatologist about prescription medication. There are various oral and topical medications available that can effectively combat your pimples and promote clean skin.

Mineral oil, a clear liquid made from distilled petroleum, is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetics and in baby oil. It is effective at removing dirt and makeup from the face while retaining moisture and creating a protective barrier against pollutants.

  1. Facial cleansers with mineral oil are available in several forms. Pure mineral oil or baby oil will not create a lather, even if combined with water. Some people find the runny consistency hard to control. Cold cream is solid and easier to apply. It also will not lather because it does not contain surfactants—chemicals that cause a substance to become sudsy. Liquid face washes that include mineral oil and foam up when combined with water can be found at drugstores.
  2. For sensitive skin, apply your choice of mineral oil product with your fingertips. Massage the product in small circles, and keep your eyes closed. Unless specified otherwise, the product can be used to remove eye makeup.
  3. For skin that is not sensitive, the product can be applied directly to dry skin with a wash cloth or exfoliating accessory. Massage the product in small circles. Use only your fingertips around the delicate eye area.
  4. Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe the excess mineral oil from your skin. Rinsing your skin with warm water also will dissolve the oil. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. If the mineral oil is not fully removed, rinse again or wipe the area with a wash cloth.
  5. Mineral oil will not leave the squeaky-clean feeling you get from many soaps and face washes that strip your skin’s natural oil. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the oil provides a barrier between your face and the environment, protecting your skin from pollutants and sealing in moisture.

If you want to maintain clear, smooth skin, it is vital that your pores are kept clean. Dirt, oil and bacteria that become trapped within the pores may enlarge them, giving skin a bumpy, uneven look, or cause acne blemishes, such as blackheads and whiteheads. While there are many deep pore-cleaning treatments available at the dermatologists’ office or your local spa, there are several at-home options for cleaning your pores as well, which often prove to be more cost-effective and easier to maintain.

  • To make sure that your pores are clean, it is important that you wash your face daily with a cleanser that is designed for your skin type. Individuals with dry skin should choose a cream-based cleanser, while those with oily skin do better with a foam or gel cleanser. If you have combination skin, with dry patches in certain spots and oily skin in others, choose a mild cleanser that will not exacerbate either condition. Individuals who wear makeup on a regular basis may need to wash their face twice. You can first use a special makeup remover or makeup removal wipe to remove the cosmetics from your face and then wash with your regular cleanser to deep clean the pores.
  • An easy way to clean your pores at home is to use steam. Steam opens the pores, so dirt, oil and debris that is trapped inside is loosened and easier to remove. It also helps treatment products designed to deep clean the pores penetrate the skin more easily. Taking a hot shower gently steams the pores, but if you are interested in a more concentrated effect, place hot water in a bowl and lean over it. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam. You will see the best results if you steam your face for two to three minutes. Try doing this once a week, if possible.
  • To prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores, you should exfoliate regularly. Using a wash cloth to rub the face while using your regular cleanser is a cost-effective way to exfoliate but be sure to wash your face cloth regularly so bacteria does not accumulate. Facial scrubs with fine beads or grains that remove dead skin cells when rubbed against the skin may be purchased at the drug store or cosmetics counter as well. Many companies also make skin care brushes that help exfoliate the skin with regular cleansers. Individuals with oily skin may exfoliate several times a week, while those with dry skin should limit their manual exfoliation to once a week.
  • Exfoliating the pores from the inside out is the most effective way to keep them clean. Alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) both work as chemical exfoliants to remove dead skin and other debris that might clog the pores. AHAs, such as glycolic, lactic or malic acid, are typically better for dry-skinned individuals, while BHAs like salicylic acid are better for those with oily skin because it helps dissolve trapped oil as well. Those who have combination skin should try to find a product that contains both AHA and BHA. Drug stores and cosmetics counters sell creams, lotions, serums, cleansers, toners and facial masks that contain AHAs and/or BHAs, so choose the product and formula that works best for your skin type.
  • For severely clogged pores, pore strips may be a good option for deep cleaning. Available at most drug stores, pore strips are pre-cut pieces of material that contain an adhesive on one side. The adhesive is water activated so when you dampen an area of your face with clogged pores and place the strip over it, it adheres to the skin. After the strip dries, you pull it off and the strip will pull out the dirt, oil and debris that is trapped inside the pores. Using an AHA or BHA product following the removal of pore strips allows them to penetrate more deeply.

No matter how often you clean your skin, you may find pimples or blackheads still cropping up. Your skin can often start to look dull and lifeless during cold weather, or even during warm weather if your skin tends to be dry. When these things happen, it’s time for a deep-cleaning. Not only does deep-cleaning your skin refresh your complexion, it’s like a mini spa day at home. Using everyday, natural products make the process inexpensive but effective.

  1. Boil a pot of water or fill a sink with steaming-hot tap water. Lay a bath towel horizontally across the back of your head, hold the upper corners, and lean over the pot. If you boil the water, set the pot on a hot pad on the counter. Be careful not to lean in so close that you burn your skin. Let the steam open your pores for five to 10 minutes.
  2. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, working the cleanser into a foam with clean fingertips. Splash your face with warm water. Do not dry your skin.
  3. Sprinkle a quarter-size amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand. Work the baking soda into your skin like you did the cleanser in order to exfoliate any dead cells. Pay special attention to areas with blackheads. Splash the baking soda off your face with cool water.
  4. Apply the facial mask of your choice. Choose one containing clay if your skin is oily. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizing peel-off mask. Allow the mask to dry, then remove it according to the package directions.
  5. Wash your face with gentle cleanser once more, removing the cleanser with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.
  6. Wipe your skin with astringent applied to a cotton ball. If your skin is acne-prone, look for one containing salicylic acid. If your skin is dry, try rose water.
  7. Apply a moisturizer formulated for your skin type, working it into your skin with your fingertips until none remains.

Chemical peels involve the use of alpha hydroxy, trichloroacetic or phenol acids applied to the face to correct skin discoloration, acne or other imperfections. Chemical peels often take off the outer skin cells to remove wrinkles and blotches to expose fresh skin underneath, all in an attempt to increase collagen production and give the recipient a more youthful appearance. After receiving a chemical peel, the skin may be sensitive and require a special procedure for cleansing.

  1. Wait until 12 to 24 hours after a chemical peel to wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser that contains no salicylic or alpha hydroxy acids or other harsh chemicals. A soap such as Dove Cleansing Bar or an all-natural facial cleansing cream will work best. Use your fingertips to wash your face lightly. Do not use a washcloth. Wash twice a day to increase oil production.
  2. Apply the ointment you were prescribed by your doctor or esthetician after each cleansing procedure. If you were not prescribed an ointment, use at least a 50-SPF sunscreen to protect your skin.
  3. As the skin flakes and begins to peel, continue to wash twice daily, but be gentle. Do not remove the skin, but let it fall off naturally. You can use a washcloth at this point with a mild face wash to lightly exfoliate the dead skin.
  4. Continue to use 50-SPF sunscreen after each cleansing treatment. The face will be bright red for 7 to 10 days following a peel. You can usually apply makeup again from 7 days to 2 weeks after a peel to camouflage the redness.

Lemon is used in many natural kitchen cleaners and deodorizers, but it’s also great for the skin. It contains Vitamin C, and its acidic nature makes it a natural astringent for skin that is prone to acne and blemishes. For mature skin, lemon acts as a skin lightener, so it’s an effective home remedy for fading away age spots.

  1. Cut a fresh lemon in half.
  2. Squeeze some juice from one half into a small bowl.
  3. Soak a cotton ball in the lemon juice and wipe your whole face with it. You could also directly rub the cut-open lemon onto your face.
  4. Allow the lemon juice to sit on your face for 2 minutes.
  5. Rinse the lemon juice away with lukewarm water.
  6. Pat your face dry with a towel.