Odd how one can see something everyday yet still not know how it’s actually done . That’s the way I felt about cleansing with cold cream. I saw my grandma cleanse her skin with it every night when I was a little yet I never actually learned how to use it until I studied skin care therapy.
I recieved an email last week from a vintage mama with the same dilemma…How does one use cold cream?
Fret no more mama, I’m gonna show you how the professional does cold cream cleansing!
Facial Sponges or Esthetic Wipes
If your skin is on the oily side you need to wipe off with a warm, wipe or sponge. The sponge can be re-used several times (just rinse thoroughly, squeeze excess water out and let it dry out over night) before you toss it out and get a new one. I’ve used mine for a month with no problem.
Esthetic wipe look like very soft, durable facial tissue. They can be used both wet or dry and are much more efficient and gentle to the skin than regular tissue paper. Use one wipe for each cleansing and then toss.
Hint: In a pinch, I used unscented baby wipes with great success. I just rinsed it out with warm water several times before I used it to wipe off the cold cream
There are several cold cream options out there (read this post for more on that) but pictured below is the most popular. Try out several cold creams to see which one works best for you. Do be aware though that heavily perfumed cold creams have been known to cause eye irritation or possible eye infection. The only cold cream that I use on my eyes is Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser which is fragrance free.
Popsicle Stick (or something like it)
This is just for scooping out the cold cream. Help to prevent germs from ruining a good cream.
How to Cleanse You Skin with Cold Cream
- Pull your hair back with a headband or clip. Scoop out a cherry size dollop of cream and apply to forehead, apples of cheeks, jaw line, neck and collar bone.
- Using your middle and ring fingers, start making small circle beginning at the forehead. Continue all along the hairline, work your way around your face paying close attention to areas prone to clog pores.
- Still using your middle and ring fingers, cleanse the neck and chest trying to avoid any downward tugging of the skin.
- Wet wipe or sponge with warm water (or you can leave it dry) and begin at the forehead again to gently wipe the cream off. Rinse the wipe several times during the wiping process.
- Lastly wipe the chest and neck, again avoiding any downward tugging of the skin.
- Use any finishing skin products when done if you wish. I wipe my skin with toner on a cotton pad and use a firming serum.
- I cleanse my eyes in the same fashion with Albolene before I clean my face. I apply it with my ring finger and work the product around my eyes, then wipe off with a moist wipe.
- Moisturizer is usually not necessary after cleansing with cold cream.
- You may find that you will need to exfoliate more often when using cold cream. That’s because the extra moisture creates a barrier on the skin that can prevent skin from flaking.
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