3 Ways to Properly Clean Your Skin

Skin Care Advice from Ben

 Here at the Farm Formulary we have invested much time and effort in creating a collection of naturally efficacious products boosted with the anti-oxidant power of our own hemp flower extract and clean lab actives.

We'd like to share with you the foundational scientific tenets behind our product collection, so you have a deeper understanding of why our products work and why they are good for you.

From the very beginning of this journey, I have stressed the need for proper skin cleansing as the foundation of our skin care rituals. Like an invisible shield, your skin creates a fine exterior layer secreted by your sebaceous and sweat glands that coats your entire body in a film at a pH of between 4.5 -6.5. This is your acid mantle, and it helps protect your skin from a host of not-so-nice things like germs, bacteria and other contaminants.

However, like most functions of our body, the acid mantle must be used and challenged on a regular basis in order to keep your skin healthy and provide your body with its' full protection. That's why cleansing is quite possibly the most important step of your skincare ritual.

The foundation of our skin care philosophy is simply this: proper cleansing of your skin in preparation to receive the full effects of hydration and emollient application is critical. Pure, all natural soap is the best cleanser for the vast majority of people. Humans have been using pure soap in one form or another for over a thousand years, and human skin is healthiest when it is clean and its' acid mantle is functioning properly. Pure soap accomplishes both of these objectives in the most naturally functional way possible.  Our Charcoal and Sea Salt bar deeply cleans with the added benefit of 200 mg of our farm-grown hemp flower extract.

A bar of properly formulated pure soap has a pH of between 9.0-10.0. This is considered alkaline and sits at the opposite end of the pH scale from the pH of your skin's acid mantle. This pH difference of the soap and the friction of the lathering are exactly what is needed to properly remove the day's dirt, oils and fatty acids that have accumulated on the surface of your skin. This action will also temporarily remove your skin's acid layer; however healthy skin will begin production of a new acid mantle immediately and the acid mantle is completely restored, fresh and new, within about 20 minutes.

This regeneration or exercising of your skin's acid mantle on a regular basis is no different than exercising the muscles of your body. In order to be strong and fully functional, your acid mantle must be challenged regularly. Our pure, handcrafted soap will challenge your acid mantle and prepare your skin for proper hydration and application of emollients.

However, modern life intrudes, doesn't it?  Sometimes pure soap may not be enough to remove the last traces of water-resistant makeup, sunscreen and other occlusive products we apply throughout the day.  Our Sandalwood Balm emulsifying cleanser is the answer in this situation.  Designed to transform from a balm to a silky oil in the palm of your hand and then to a milky cleanser with a splash of water, it is a hard working wonder that effectively removes water-resistant sunscreen, makeup and other oil-based products from your skin, leaving it soft, fresh and impeccably clean.  The Sandalwood Balm is also perfect for those of you practicing the double cleanse method as it pairs perfectly with our Charcoal and Sea Salt soap bar as the second cleansing step.  

Of course some of us have overly sensitive or reactive skin that needs pampering, or perhaps your skin's barrier function is currently compromised, so pure soap is simply not an option.  We have a cleansing solution for you, as well.  Our Gentle Creamy Cleanser is the answer if you have dry, stripped or reactive skin in need of the utmost in gentle cleansing.  Never harsh and completely essential oil free, it's plush cream-gel texture creates a soothing, cleansing cocoon that plumps and hydrates while cleansing.  With calming lavender hydrosol and a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory hemp flower extract, it's the ultimate comfort food for your skin.

We recommend cleansing thoroughly once a day with one of our cleansers in the evening, prior to bed, then following with hydration and emollients. For most of our clients, simply rinsing the face with tepid water in the morning is enough to whisk away any excess sebum or debris from sleep, from which you may follow up with the appropriate hydration and emollients to start your day.  If your skin in feeling particularly dry or irritated, cleansing with our Gentle Creamy Cleanser can be helpful to re-fresh your skin's barrier before indulging in the rest of your morning skincare ritual.  Happy cleansing!


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