Perfection Scrub for Faces can be used in 2 ways, as an exfoliating butter scrub and as a leave on treatment.
To use as a scrub:
Some moisture is needed to safely use this scrub without irritation. Apply a small amount of scrub to DAMP skin. Splash very warm (never hot) water on your face a few times, Pat a little of the moisture off and apply a small amount of scrub with your fingers.
If your skin is completely dry the level of abrasion will be too much and I do not recommend this. If your skin is too wet, then the salt and sugar will melt too quickly and you won't get a satisfying scrub action. It won't take long to figure out the balance which works for you.
Gently exfoliate your face and neck, avoid your eyes. As you are gently scrubbing, the salts and sugar will melt and the scrubbing action will diminish.
When you're done, splash with very warm but never HOT water. Use a soft, cotton cloth to gently remove the residue. After you pat dry you feel dewy soft and a little emollient. With OCM oil based cleansing products we are not trying to rinse or wipe away every last molecule of oil. After a few swipes of the cloth and some splashing your face with the warm water ... You're done.
Follow up with a mild, alcohol free toner, or Hydrosol water. to quickly restore the skin's pH, then a lotion or facial oils etc.
TO USE AS A LEAVE ON TREATMENT:
One of my favorite nourishing traditions is called THALASSOTHERAPY; The medical use of seawater for supporting strong, healthy, resilient skin.
The word comes from the Greek word "thalassa" meaning "sea".
Salt is hygroscopic, meaning it pulls moisture from the air, by leaving it on the skin for some time, osmosis occurs. The minerals in salt help draw moisture and nutrients to the surface of the skin, helping plump up and nourish skin cells.
Scroll to the bottom of this tutorial to see the list of salt's benefits for the skin
Apply a very tiny bit of scrub to warm, wet palms.
Rub it in your palms to dissolve the salt.
Gently massage it into wet skin on face and neck.
Let it all air dry and wait about an hour before removing, or leave it on overnight.
If you plan on leaving the treatment on overnight, apply about an hour or so before, this will give everything time to soak in.
To remove, splash with warm water, wipe with a warm soft wet cloth. Pat dry. Follow with a few spritzes of hydrosol.
SENSITIVE SKIN ISSUES? DOES THE SALT SCRUB STING?
If you find significant stinging when first using the salt scrub, I suggest waiting until that resolves before using the scrub as a leave on treatment. Once your skin heals you should not have a stinging sensation anymore.
Performing a patch test to determine sensitivities is a good idea if you have concerns about using a salt scrub. HOW TO DO THAT
If you have very sensitive skin, outbreaks, or small wounds from acne you might experience stinging when you start using the salt scrub.
The sting is a sign that you have small wounds that need to heal. It will take 1 - 2 months for the skin to heal and strengthen.
WHY ONE WHOLE MONTH?
A complete turnover of the skin cells takes about 20-40 days! The younger you are the faster your skin completes a turnover. As we age this process slows. We can not determine the efficacy of any change in the care routine until this process is complete. Most of us want immediate results, and some results from the Oil Cleansing Method will manifest very quickly, even just a day or 2! But the long term healing and restoration of the skin biome will take longer. If you stick with it, you will get long term benefits.
BENEFITS OF SALT ON THE SKIN
- Absorbs acne causing bacteria
& pathogenic yeast.
- Encourages healing of wounds.
- Helps treat skin infections.
- Helps regulate skin oil & sebum production.
- Reduces clogged pores reducing the occurrence of outbreaks.
- Considered to be a natural moisturizer, helping balance and increase hydration of the epidermis.
- Salt high in magnesium is anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial which can reduce itching and helps control the bacteria and fungi which cause eczema, acne and Rosacea.
- By increasing circulation on the surface of the skin and improving cell regeneration, salt helps open pores, enhance blood flow, and improve the absorption of body & facial oils, moisturizers, and other treatments.
- Strengthens the epidermis and increases cellular communications signals which slows as we age.
- Improves the skins complexion by reducing redness and roughness.
- Through osmosis, minerals in salt helps draw moisture and nutrients to the surface of the skin, helping plump up skin cells.
- Improves cellular metabolism, thereby increasing the efficiency of the skin's ability to convert nutrients into energy.
- Saltwater is slightly acidic, matching closely the skin's desired pH.