DO NOT BODY SCRUB YOUR FACE! i know the book says it's ok to do.. but it made my face red, angry, flakey, and eventually breakout. so don't do it! i did it about 5 times over the course of 2 weeks.. and whew! my face is a mess.
i'll go back to barely touching my face and gently patting on cleansers, etc.
Do you have sensitive skin? I don't really scrub my face either, and if I do, I do it very lightly. I definitely think less is more when it comes to skincare, so you have the right idea with patting on the cleansers. Have you tried Aubrey Organics Vegecol cleanser for sensitive skin? It's the only thing I use, and although the smell takes some getting used to (not bad, just different than the flowery, fruity, multi-colored potions at drug stores). It's super creamy but doesn't clog pores. Also, I only scrub once a week. With proper diet and good sleep, skin is actually very good at regulating itself. Sorry about your face getting red and flaky :(.
thanks for the response, Evie. i'm actually in the market for a new facial cleanser, so i will definitely try to pick that one up. is it sold at whole foods? that's the closest health food store to me.
and yeah, very sensitive skin. it easily gets irritated. it sucks! i envy those people who rub god knows all over their faces all day and never have a problem.
It should be sold at whole foods. I know they have Aubrey Organics things. Anyway, it is so good for sensitive skin, just the best. Since it is so creamy it may feel as if it isn't even "cleaning" the way harsher cleansers do, but trust me, it cleans. It doesn't make me break out either, and it's gentle enough for twice a day washing :). I also use their moisturizer on my whole body, including my face. It's called Aubrey Organics Ultimate Moist unscented body lotion. I used to think I didn't have sensitive skin because I broke out a ton and it was always really oily, so I slathered it with prescription acne medications and oil-cutting cleansers. However, once I gave up all that junk and stripped down to the basics, I realized that my skin was sensitive and had been reacting badly to all the stuff I previously put on it. Aubrey organics is my favorite skin and hair care line, hands down. Very pure ingredients, and it works!