The 4-2-4 Cleansing Method
“On one of my trips to Japan, I wanted to get a better, more personal glimpse into different beauty rituals. Only in Japan did I see how flawless skin was considered non-negotiable by every woman of every age. I took it upon myself to ask every woman I spoke to one simple question:
“What's your secret to beautiful skin?”
Needless to say, I was left speechless. Again and again, it became clear that every woman unequivocally placed emphasis on cleansing. The widespread practice almost always began with warm water and a washcloth (sans cleanser). It was followed with several splashes of cold water and finished with a light "lotion," which usually referred to a water-based toner made with skin-softening ingredients, such as hato mugi or hyaluronic acid. That was it.
Naturally, this was when I started researching the impeccable skin cleansing rituals of Asian women. I came across the highly revered "424" cleansing method inherently practiced by the fair, pristine skinned women of Asia, who know how to turn the basics of washing into minimalist splendor. The "424" cleansing method begins with a four-minute face oil massage, followed by a two-minute cleansing massage, and a complete rinse with both splashes of warm and cold water. Time-consuming? It's not. I promise. The results are nothing short of genius."
- Julie Elliott
4-2-4 Step by Step
Apply 3 to 5 full droppers of Lustra to the palms and massage into the skin for 4 minutes using gentle pressure and circular motions to boost circulation, move the lymph, and draw out impurities.
Next, apply 3 to 5 pumps of Treate and massage for two minutes to emulsify oils without stripping the skin and disrupting the protective pH balance.
Begin the rinse with warm water, and finish with cold water. Start with warm water for two minutes, followed by two minutes of cold. This stimulates circulation and lymph to flush toxins and revitalize the skin.
What you can expect:
If you have congested skin or acne, this regimen does a beautiful job of balancing sebum and pulling out impurities to help prevent and heal breakouts. Also, acne scars, discoloration, or dry patches quickly improve. To step it up a notch, apply Vitale compresses after the rinsing phase. Then follow with Comfrey Solution for accelerated healing. Lastly, spot treat with Fleur Vibrante balm.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, this regimen will bring your skin back into balance. You'll notice after the alternating warm/cold water rinsing phase your skin will be plumped and glowing. This will be the opportune time to apply Fleur Vibrante balm to seal in your skin's natural moisture and prevent water loss. Then follow with Vitale and Complexe de Fleur or Crème de Fleur depending on your skin's needs.