The best way to Cleanse your skin
How often have you arrived home and decided not to remove your makeup before going to bed? Too many times! 🙂
Cleansing is one of the most important steps for a good skincare routine. Even though there are some steps you can skip in your daily life, cleansing is not one of them!
It might seem simple, but washing your face takes time and attention. Doing it the right way could make the difference between beaming skin and an acne breakout.
Cleansing is not only to remove make-up but also to remove the remnants of pollution from the environment as well as the oils created by our skin.
It should be done twice a day – in the morning after waking up and at night before going to bed. But more important than how many times you do it, it is how you cleanse.
According to dermatologists, the nighttime cleansing routine is especially important. Removing makeup, dirt, and grime from the day will help prepare the skin for your skincare regimen and support the skin in its overnight regeneration and renewal processes.
So, what is the best way to cleanse your skin?
Choose a gentle cleanser, non-abrasive cleanser
A gentle cleanser is preferable because it won’t strip the skin. Often, people think they have sensitive skin, but it is a consequence of the harsh skincare products they are using.
One example of a gentle cleanser is our Original Cleansing Bar. Since it is made from natural ingredients with no added scent it is a great option. After cleansing, we also recommend using the Original Lavender Face Oil as a daily moisturizer.
Keep it simple
It’s tempting to feel like using your facial cleansing product for a longer amount of time or with more ferocity will wash your face more effectively.
But in reality, the length of time you spend lathering does not correlate to how well you cleansed your face.
Keep it simple: aim for 20 to 30 seconds of washing, or until the product lathers up on your face because doing more than that could be too much for your skin. Washing too aggressively or for too long - especially if your cleanser contains any exfoliating ingredients—can quickly lead to red, irritated, angry skin.
Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply the cleanser in a circular motion. Make sure to wash the T-zone and U-zone around the jawline, as these are areas people tend to ignore. Once you’ve built up a nice lather, rinse and carefully pat dry with a soft, clean towel.
Use lukewarm water
Extreme temperatures, such as hot, steamy showers or hot water, can cause dilation of blood vessels and breakage of delicate tissue. Further, the hot water naturally strips the skin of the necessary oil barrier that helps maintain skin integrity. This means your skin will dry out faster and may become more itchy and flaky over time.
Limit cleansing to twice a day and after sweating
Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
Those with dry skin should especially consider cutting back on washes.
And a night, research suggests that maintaining your skin’s circadian rhythm may help protect it from damage. Consider cleansing when the sun goes down, not after.
Always moisturize after cleansing
Your skin can start to feel sensitive afterwards, or even peel or crack. Applying a moisturizer protects your skin from overdrying.
If your skin continuously feels dry after washing, look into switching cleansers. Opt for a mild cleanser or oil-based cleanser.
Choose natural skin care products
Natural ingredients can provide tremendous benefits to the skin without the same concerns that some synthetic ingredients contain. If you find a natural option that provides results along with safety, it is the healthiest route.
Sources: American Academy of Dermatology Association; Healthline.com; Self.com;