Skin gritting was born two years ago and caused a stir in social media when a Reddit member posted a photo of a hand full of blackheads – the result of 3 steps of cleansing with makeup and facial cleansing oil clay mask.
Skin gritting is a method of cleansing pores, removing blackheads and sebum with makeup remover and clay mask. Specifically, you use makeup remover to clean the skin first. Then, apply a layer of a clay mask, wait about 15 minutes until the mask dries and then wash off. Finally, apply a layer of makeup remover, focusing on massaging the areas of blackheads and sebaceous fibers such as the sides of the nose, chin in a circular motion with light pressure.
The use of makeup remover oil in the first step to removing excess oil according to the oil-soluble oil principle, paving the way for clay masks to operate more effectively. After the clay mask is responsible for absorbing impurities to the surface of the skin, the massage step with makeup remover will eventually remove blackheads and sebum – which has been “shaken” after the first two steps.
Once you have completed the 3 skin gritting steps, continue using your usual cleanser. This method is capable of deep cleansing and gently exfoliating, so it should only be applied about 2–3 weeks/time. Skin gritting cannot wholly replace physical exfoliation because it exclusively focuses on pushing blackheads on the nose and chin area, while other areas like the forehead and cheeks will not have the same cleaning effect.
The use of makeup remover and clay mask at the same time can be a little overload with sensitive skin, irritating, redness. For those who are suffering from inflamed acne, if not skillful massage can break the acne, spread the bacteria to other areas.
1. Dior Hydra Life Pores Away – Pink Clay Mask
Besides natural mineral-rich pink clay that purifies the skin, it also contains jojoba extract that helps soothe and replenish moisture. When rinsed with water, the mask will turn into a foam, easy to clean, and does not leave a greasy feeling.
2. Clé de Peau Beauté Crème-Huile Démaquillante cleansing Cream Oil
The product is formulated to transform from cream to oil, deep clean the pores, and leave a moisturizing layer after washing. Argan oil extract helps maintain moisture for 8 hours while increasing the skin’s ability to protect itself.
3. Chanel L’huile Antipollution Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oil combines two marine plant extracts: green microalgae and sea anemones, which are anti-pollution, anti-aging, and increase the skin’s youthful appearance. The product has a thin and light texture, feels comfortable and airy.