Face Cleansing 2

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Because of our commitment to fresh, raw, natural ingredients, Mokosh skin care products are formulated differently from others. You won’t find water-based cleansers or moisturisers in our range, because water-containing products require a number of synthetic additives – including preservatives, emulsifiers and other synthetic ingredients – to remain stable.  We avoid these chemicals because we are not assured of their safety, and we believe they are incompatible with our bodies' metabolism. We design skin care composed of pure plant products, without synthetic additives. For this reason Mokosh products need to be used differently. Face Cleansing Powder is one that often puzzles users at first glance, because it is so different to standard water-based cleansers. Here we’d like to show you exactly how to use Face Cleansing Powder so you can get the full benefit of using it from day one.

Face Cleansing Powder has 3 distinct uses: it acts as a gentle daily exfoliant, a natural nutrient-rich cleanser, and when used as a face mask, a deep detoxifying treatment.

How to prepare and use Face Cleansing Powder...

All the ingredients in this product are dry, and therefore Face Cleansing Powder will remain in good condition as long as no water enters the jar. However, we suggest you use it within 6 months of opening as, like any food-based product, it will oxidise on exposure to air. If you plan to apply it in the shower - and many people find it convenient to use it this way - prepare a mini bowl of Face Cleansing Powder and take it into the shower with you. If you take the whole jar in the shower you risk getting water into it, which will allow it to spoil.  

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To ensure you can treat the whole face effectively and to prevent your hair getting involved in the process, we suggest using a head-band, shower cap or towel around your hair. Take approximately 1 teaspoon of powder in a bowl or in the palm of your hand, and mix with sufficient water to make a smooth paste. This image shows the approximate consistency you are after. It should be runny enough to flow smoothly over the skin as you massage, yet not so runny that it drips through your fingers when you try to pick it up.

Massage the paste gently over the face and neck in smooth circular motions, paying particular attention to the T zone area if that area tends to be oily, but avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes.

It’s very important to ensure you don’t apply any pressure when massaging – apply sufficient only to move the paste under the fingers, or you may find your skin becomes red and irritated. The aim of the treatment is to remove the superficial layer of dead cells and other debris – but to leave the all-important layer of protective keratin, the stratum corneum, intact. As this is a once or twice daily treatment, a very gentle massage is all that is required to keep the skin clean and fresh.

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Remove the paste by washing with liberal amounts of water, and follow with a wet face cloth to remove any remnants. Some of the ingredients in this product are very fine, so it is important to ensure all traces are removed.

Using Face Cleansing Powder as a Face Mask...

When used as a face mask, this product provides a more intense detoxifying treatment, gently drawing out more deep-seated debris. The frequency with which it should be used in this way will vary with each individual , since the drawing action of the mask will draw out some of the skin’s natural oils as well as dirt. If Face Cleansing Powder is already used once or twice daily, or if the skin is already lacking in natural oils, there may be no need to use a mask at all, since the gentle exfoliating action keeps debris from accumulating. However, oily skins or skins with acne might find it beneficial to use it as a mask once or twice a week. Other skin types may benefit just once a week, or only occasionally, when the skin feels drab and in need of a regenerative boost.

When used as a mask, Face Cleansing Powder should be applied exactly as above, but left on the skin until dry, or until the skin begins to feel tight, usually around 10 minutes. For a longer treatment, simply freshen the mask by spraying with water. To remove the mask, first wet the mask until it rehydrates completely before attempting to remove it – this will prevent dragging and irritating the skin. Once it is fully rehydrated, rinse away completely using plenty of warm water.

Using Face Cleansing Powder as a Spot Treatment...

Many of our customers find Face Cleansing Powder a great boon for spot treatment of pimples – make up a tiny amount of the paste with water, and apply gently to affected areas, leaving on overnight if possible – note that you might like to place a towel on your pillow to catch the green powder. The clay, coconut flour and oatmeal paste will draw oils and waste products from the pimple, while the antibacterial activity of neem , lemon peel powder, rose petals and tulsi will help reduce the bacterial load.

Afterwards...

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When all traces of powder have been removed, apply a moisturiser in the form of a Natural Face Oil appropriate to your skin type, or one of our Face Creams – Rich or Light.

Remember you need apply only a tiny amount to moisturise the whole face, approximately one-fifth the amount you would use of a water-containing lotion. Ensure you apply while the skin is wet, either by leaving some water on the skin after cleansing, or by spraying with Pure Hydrosol Toner. If you have time, do an Ayurvedic face massage at this point  – it takes around 5 minutes, makes you feel wonderful, stimulates circulation and supposedly acts as a DIY face lift. For the eye and neck area, use Eye and Neck serum – specially formulated for these two delicate areas.