I grew up in Kerala, India, where most skincare rituals are homemade. Most women (and men) massage their face with coconut oil before a bath and rinse it off with a paste of chickpea flour and water (the double cleansing trend started centuries ago!). The oil melts impurities, while the chickpea flour ubtan (the Ayurvedic term for cleanser/mask that you make by mixing a dry ingredient with water to form a paste) offers gentle exfoliation without upsetting the skin’s acid mantle. As a teen with bad skin, I was often asked to follow this double cleansing regime, but I wanted the latest foaming cleanser that left my skin squeaky clean and made it smell like a fruit or flower that didn’t exist in nature.
I am reminded of these ubtans when I use May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt. Unlike the humble chickpea ubtan, this powder cleanser smells like vanilla and spices and turns into an airy mousse when you mix it with water. It’s an ubtan executed in the most luxe way imaginable.
If you wear makeup or sunscreen, you will most definitely need an oil cleanser before you cleanse with this. Cleansing with Clean Dirt is not the best option for a quick cleanse when you are running late for work. You need to take your time with Clean Dirt, mix it in a bowl and inhale its relaxing scent as you massage it on your face. The exfoliating particles are gentle but invigorating, and it’s a great way to start the day.
I recently recommended this cleanser to my housemate. He loves his skincare rituals, and he has successfully incorporated this cleansing ritual into his daily routine. For me, this is a cleanser for those special days when I want to slow down, relax and take my time to pamper my skin.
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