Which part of your skincare routine do you prioritise..?Most of the population will prioritise moisturisers in their skincare routine as it is believed that out of every skincare product we could use on our skin this is the step which serves the most impact. I have witnessed another step in the routine that has a far greater impact and it’s right at the start!
Why do we cleanse..?
The obvious answer to this of course is for clean skin. Yes Cleansers will clean but is one cleanse enough..?
There are other reasons to cleanse and they are to soften and prepare the skin making it more receptive to the following steps in the routine.
Is one cleanse enough..?
No is the direct answer and the reason why is because on our skin is a buildup of various residues that are water-soluble and oil-soluble along with the environments dirt, grime and bacteria. It is also wise to use two different cleansers to cater for all residues on the skin. Certain textures such as cream, milk and oil-based cleansers enable you to massage the skin and breakdown the build up that is then effectively removed with a cotton or bamboo cloth. Those textures will also attribute to a much softer and conditioned skin rather than one that is squeaky clean and parched. There should be no side effects of a cleanser ie: Cleanse does not mean stripped of all natural oils and dehydrated leaving the brain to assume it’s dry and send more oil that only builds up creating an oily/dehydrated skin type. It means clean and prepared.
When is it best to cleanse..?
Am and pm is the short reply. Let me explain exactly why; well at the end of the day we have make-up, grease, grime and bacteria build up so we remove it to provide a clean canvas with which to apply further products. In the morning our skin has produced sebum (oil) and sweat as the skin is naturally an excretory organ. These residues that happen overnight as we sleep can contribute to breakouts of spots at any age and so it is essntial to cleanse in the morning for a clear, flawless complexion.
- In the morning cleanse once with a cleansing milk or cream and remove with a cloth.
- In the evening cleanse twice, once with a milk/cream followed by a cream/oil.
- Massage the product with small and circular motions working into every contour and crease in to the skin.
- Follow a Cleanser with a tonic to remove any hard water residue to prevent the build up of limescale on your skin to prevent further dehydration.
- Use warm water on your cloth and buff the skin so you never have to exfoliate again!
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