Skincare’s #1, most important, you-need-to-do-this, skincare step is cleansing! No surprises there! But wait! Before you click out, there’s more to know about a cleanser than the obvious cleansing!
But really, who knew that for years we’ve been doing it all wrong! This whole time we could have cured our breakouts faster and minimized our skin’s random mood swings!
That’s why we felt that we must share the knowledge! Here’s what you REALLY need to know about facial cleansers and how it actually matters what kind of cleanser you use~
Wash your face daily
Pretty straight forward right? But why is it so important? If you're new to skincare, you may be confused as to how often you should cleanse and we're here to help you out. It's important to always cleanse your face every night, an hour before bedtime. We say an hour to give your skincare enough time to seep into your skin. If you immediately sleep after your skincare routine, you risk wiping it all off on your pillow.
Should you wash your face in the morning? That's up to you! If you wake up with oily skin, then yes you definitely should. If you applied facial oils or serums from the night before, that's a yes too. But if you have pretty normal skin in the morning, you can get away with just a rinse or a micellar water with a cotton pad.
Bottom line, it's important to wash your face daily as our skin will always be exposed to dirt, bacteria, and environmental aggressors, even without makeup. Cleansing is our way to keep our skin in tiptop shape!
Beware of lazy cleansing
Trust us, we get it. Some days you just don’t want to go through your whole skincare routine. What’s wrong about grabbing a makeup removing/ cleansing pad and going to town with it? Well, because that right there can potentially mess your skin just like an unbalanced cleanser would! Plus, you may even feel discomfort as you use them. Cleansing and makeup removing wipes are not going to act the same way a good ol' cleanser would. We recommend staying away from wipes as much as possible, and if you do have to use them, do your research and check in with how your skin is feeling!
Also, don’t rub your skin with a wipe or cloth for that matter! Trust us, it will do you no good. You always want to be gentle with your skin. After using a cleanser, gently pat your skin with a towel or cloth. Do not rub harshly!
Harsher is never better
If you’re struggling with breakouts or acne, maybe you gravitate towards a cleanser that has acne-fighting ingredients on the label (like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If that’s the case then we would recommend reconsidering. The main point of a cleanser is to cleanse. So chances are that those acne-fighting ingredients won’t do much since you’re washing it off immediately. Instead, incorporate a serum or another treatment product with those blemish-fighting ingredients. That way you can concentrate it on specific areas and it has time to sink into your skin!
Also, side note: you want to beware of SLS/SLES (sulfates) because those ingredients may also be too harsh for your skin and end up stripping your face of moisture (which could potentially lead to excess sebum and acne, just sayin’).
There you have it! Now you have a little more insight on how you can choose the best cleanser for your skin! Remember, being gentle and patient with your skin is necessary for a healthy skin barrier.
Thanks for reading!