Scrub-a-dub dub

November 8, 2011

I LOVE to emerge from a long, hot soak in my tub feeling fresh and clean. Clean is good. And if clean is good, then squeaky-clean must be better, right? Turns out, squeaky clean might be fabulous for your kitchen counters, but it’s not fabulous for your skin or hair.

When I was a teenager, I used to RELIGIOUSLY scrub my face and hair until they were squeaky clean. I was at war with the common enemy of teenagers – oil. I used every exfoliation product and technique Seventeen magazine recommended until each pore was scrubbed fresh from all oil and debris. I washed my hair every morning with a shampoo formulated to remove oil. If I’d gotten the slightest bit sweaty in gym class, I’d wash my hair again when I got home.

I’m a lot wiser now. I’ve learned that being squeaky clean isn’t all my teenaged-self believed it to be. It’s actually better to have a little oil on your skin and in your hair to keep them looking good and to protect them from the elements.

When you over-wash your face, you disturb your skin’s natural PH balance and make it too alkaline.  Your skin becomes vulnerable to inflammation. Instead of scrubbing your face vigorously to make it squeaky clean, you should be gently cleansing it with a product that helps maintain your natural PH balance. I recommend Kiel’s Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser for everyday use.

It’s similar with your hair. Those dreaded dry frizzies might be a result of your hair being stripped of its natural oils from a misguided belief it needs to be squeaky clean. Try something you would have never done in high school – skip washing it for a day. And, when you do wash it, use a gentle shampoo.

Being clean is good, but like most things in life too much of a good thing can be bad. When it comes to your skin and hair, squeaky clean is bad. Gently cleansed is good.

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