Why cleansing your skin is so important
All the skin products in the world won’t help if you’re not cleansing your skin properly. Good cleansing means removing make-up, excess sebum, dirt and impurities from your face. It unclogs pores, helps prevent spots and allows your skin to ‘breathe’. Good cleansing also means ensuring you’re not polluting or aggravating your skin with the methods or the cleansers you use.
How to cleanse your skin properly
- Cleanse twice a day—and no more. In the morning, you’re removing any sweat and toxins that have accumulated overnight, ensuring you have clean, fresh skin before applying moisturiser or make-up. In the evening, you’re removing make-up, excess oil, product residue and the accumulated dirt of the day. Over-cleansing can remove your skin’s natural protective barrier and damage its microbiome or flora (the microorganisms that naturally occur on your skin).
- Use lukewarm water. Hot water can dehydrate and damage your skin, while cold water doesn’t encourage pores to open.
- Use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type. Check the ingredients before you buy cleanser, avoiding harsh chemicals and choosing moisture-rich formulas.
- Cleanse your skin gently. Your facial skin is delicate, particularly around the eye area, so don’t scrub at it. Save exfoliating cleansers for a once /twice a week session.
- Dry your face gently. Scraping an old, rough towel over your face may feel invigorating, but your skin won’t thank you for it! Use a soft towel and take the time to gently pat your face dry.
Follow these simple steps for healthier, happier skin that will make the best of any treatments you have or products you use.