In my twenties, I got some great advice on skin care: Never use soap. *Gasp!* If you?re like I was then, this may come as quite a shock. But the truth is that soap is not good for you, and it causes your face to break out and age. I remember the feeling after washing my face?all ?squeaky clean.? That?s not actually a good thing. That?s what it feels like when the natural oils on your face have been stripped away. Repeatedly stripping away this natural oil barrier leads to dry, irritated skin and breakouts. Soap manufacturers know this, which is why they often add moisturizers.
My hair and makeup (done by yours truly) for my new cookbook’s head shots
Instead, I use oils to clean my face, but not in the traditional ?wash your face? kind of way. On days when I haven?t put on any makeup (I?ll get to my makeup routine in a minute), I simply apply my cream (oils) with some water. It looks something like this: I splash my face with warm water and don’t dry it. With one finger I grab a dime-sized glob of cream and apply it to my wet face. I rub any excess on my chest and legs. That?s it. Why add water" Just a few drops of water help my skin absorb the oils. Without those drops of water, the oils would just sit on the surface, making my face look oily.
On days when I wear makeup, there?s only one minor difference. I use the cream to gently remove the makeup with a wet washcloth first. After the makeup is removed, I apply the cream just as I do on no-makeup days. As for brands, I?ve been true to one, Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Cream (it’s 40% off right now), for many years. I adore it. The ingredients are mainly organic coconut oil and sustainably-sourced palm oil.
I?ve been treating my face this way for over a decade, and I?m told that my skin has a ?glow.? Of course, it?s not all what?s going on on the outside: What you put into your body greatly affects the look of your skin as well. I stopped drinking soda and started eating the way I do n...