First, blend together one cup of water and 2 tbs. of APV (apple cider vinegar) and add a dry sprig of rosemary into the bottle you make your mixture in. Rosemary is used in anti-aging products due to its powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants inhibit the activities of free radicals and slow the effects of aging due to the bioflavonoids present in the tannic acids and extracts. Rosemary is also recommended in anti-aging skincare due to its powerful regenerating, rejuvenating and stimulating activities. (Note: you need to replace the Rosemary every 5 days if you leave your solution out. If you refrigerate it, change it every 10 days)
Next, use this solution to wash your face. You will do this by using a warm wash cloth (NOT hot!!) and dabbing a bit of the mixture onto the wash cloth. Gently wipe your face, neck and décolleté using this cloth. Rinse cloth and repeat until you feel clean.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Soap: Only use your traditional soap or facial cleanser after a hard work out or heavy use of sun screen or make-up. Why?
A) Contrary to modern skin care belief, soap is the worst thing you can use to properly cleanse your skin. Our skin’s natural protective barrier is made up of an acid mantle. Your skin’s acid mantel has a “pH balance” which is generally between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily. A pH level of 7, it is neutral, anything below 7 that is acidic and above 7 is alkaline. Soap, by formulation, is produced at an extremely alkaline level and beyond depending on the formulator’s prerogative. So, if you use soap to cleanse your skin it instantly places your pH balance and acid mantle in an alkaline state, causing it to worsen almost all skin conditions. To be clear, a higher pH or alkaline level means your skin’s acid mantel is porous and irritated, which acts like a sort of Velcro and is not in a condition to fight off free radicals but attract them, eekkk.
B. Soap makes your skin dry. Again, you now know alkaline means Velcro…Velcro skin…that’s not sexy. Even if your skin is oily, its not a good idea to use soap on your face. Soap’s alkaline formula strips your skin of its natural oils, making it tight and dry.
C. Soap, in my experience does severely damage our skin. Washing your face with the wrong kind of products can leave it looking dull, haggard and wrinkled.
So, to cleanse your skin, I recommend the APV mixture. Get your skin used to this light, gentle, yet smelly AHA concoction and reap the benefits of a acid skin resurfacing at the same time. The whole idea here is to wash off the oils and dirt from the surface of the skin, while maintaining a pH of between 4 and 6.5.
Then, exfoliate. If you are so inclined. Once in a while, blend 1/2 tbs of baking soda with 1 tsp of honey and scrub it gently onto your face. Leave it on from 2 to 20 minutes and rinse with the ACV solution you created earlier. In beauty school, this is called a de-incrustation and will really give you a nice glow if you are rotating your Medi-Spa Facial kit products.
Finally, you can now apply your day and night cream. I recommend using our Raw Botanicals Ylang-Ylang Miracle Cream. I even suggest application at mid-day if you want to keep your skin hydrated. Remember only add few drops to your face and then blend.
This is a great way to adjust your cleansing routine and try this out to see if a specific day and evening product works for you. Its always a good idea to only introduce one new product at a time to see how the skin will react.
I hope you find this helpful – please let me know what you think by commenting below!