Washing skin is a daily necessity in our skin-care routine. The key to clear skin is keeping it clean. Cleansers remove dirt, oil, and pollutants that clog pores and cause imperfections in our complexion. To get clean, healthy skin, we need to wash our face the right way. Common cleansing misperceptions can cloud our judgment, resulting in a complexion we don’t want. What changes do we need to make in how we care for our skin to get the best cleanse?
Finding the Right Product
The right cleanser makes the biggest difference between the cleanest skin and skin with traces of residue. The thought of leftover residue on your skin will have you reaching for your towel and cleanser again. Cleansers are designed to clean skin in to prep it for other products. Products penetrate clean skin better, making them more efficient. With the right cleanser, you won’t have to worry about not getting everything the first time. Choose a mild, moisturizing product that will remove oil and residue without leaving skin dry, tight, or flaky.
Adjusting the Temperature
When it comes to washing our face, we all have a preference to the water temperature we like to use. But should we be using a certain one? You would think that hotter water will open pores more to get out more dirt and grime. Water that is too hot will only strip skin of its natural oils. Cleansing with hot water feels good, but you’re only hurting skin. Hot water also damages capillaries in the skin, which leaves it red and irritated. Next time you go to grab your cleanser, avoid turning the hot water all the way up and use lukewarm water instead.
Moisten Before Cleansing
One of the best things you can do for skin before applying a cleanser is to make sure skin is well-moistened. Applying product to well-moistened skin gives you a better cleanse. Lather a dime-sized amount of product in your hands and gently massage it into skin. Not only will it feel good, but this is how you loosen pesky dirt and grime that you don’t want on your skin!
When rinsing off your cleanser, it’s important to make sure all traces of it are gone. Not sure why this make a difference? Any residual product from your cleanser will dry out skin and clog pores. This will impair any headway you are making towards a happy, healthy complexion. The best way to make sure skin is one hundred percent clean after cleansing is to use a toner. Toners not only purify and remove leftover dirt, oil and soap that cleansers missed, but they take care of any leftover traces of residue left over from your cleanser. Now you can be confident that skin is super clean.
Don’t Overdo It with the Exfoliate
Exfoliating has an endless list of benefits for skin, but over-exfoliating can cause some serious damage. Over-exfoliating robs skin of natural oils, causing it to dry out, leaving it with a weakened barrier that doesn’t protect well. Did you know that you can over-wash your face, too? When you over-cleanse, you confuse and interrupt the skin’s natural process to maintain and protect, creating more problems than you had before. This means skin conditions like acne and sensitive skin aren’t going away anytime soon. Wash your face only once or twice a day and cut back exfoliation to once or twice a week.
Ditch Rough Cleansing Products
The best tool you can use to clean skin is your hands. Rubbing your face clean with a washcloth only hurts skin by causing abrasions and wrinkles. We don’t need to give ourselves another reason why we shouldn’t bother with cleansing. Gentle force is important to avoid irritation, which can leave us a little less than enthusiastic about our appearance.
Clearing up common skin-cleansing misperceptions makes caring for our skin easier. We know the right products to use and where to cut back on over-doing it with cleansing. It’s a great feeling to have our skin under control and looking its best.