This article was so packed with tips that I couldn’t wait to publish this.
We all wash face and hardly bother if there is a right or wrong way to do it.. but there are small tips which can change the way you clean your face!
Here are a few of the most interesting things I learned about cleansing:
- Don’t over-wash: There’s no medical reason that you must clean your face throughout the day. It’s generally a good idea to get rid of pore-clogging dirt, oil, sunscreen and makeup, and to slough off the dead skin cells… but once or twice a day, maximum, is sufficient. If you wash too much, you can strip away your skin’s protective oils—so consider whether you really need cleanser in the morning, or if your skin might be better served with just a splash of water. (Really! I got this from a leading dermatologist!!). Salma Hayek uses just splash with water. The 47-year-old gorgeous attributes her youthful complexion to once-daily cleansing.
- It’s okay to clean with micellar cleansing waters: This are getting popular lately (via France). Totally okay if you want to make them not just your makeup remover but your regular cleanser
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- The best cleansers are generally soap-free, pH-balanced cleansers: That’s because they’re the least likely to strip or irritate. But oilier types can get away with foaming and gel cleansers.
If you have oily or combination skin, read this link to know more about the best ones you can use:
“Read this before you pick moisturizer for your oily skin!”
- Dry your face with paper towels if you get sever acne: Great little tip for acne. Unless you’re using a clean one every time, fabric towels can harbour and transfer bacteria back and forth to your face.
- Lymphatic drainage massage can help with acne AND dry skin: Make light circular motions on your face as you cleanse; a renowned facialist, I got the chance to talk to, swears that moving in a downward direction from forehead to chin helps lymph and toxins to be expelled. Moving upward from chin to forward helps bring nutrients to the skin to aid dryness. Anyone tried it?
- The Clarisonic might not be everything: Some users I spoke to loves it; the other thinks it’s purely marketing gimmick and want to stay clear as possibly too vigorous a cleanser. A gentler option if you do want a cleansing tool is the Foreo Luna.
Cleansing helps with conditions like acne and giving skin that all-important healthy glow. That’s because a good wash helps to remove some of the dead skin cells that contribute to a dry, pale look when they build up on the surface. Cleansing also prevents dirt, makeup and sebum from clogging pores and causing breakouts.
Incentive: Some cleansers contain moisturizing or medicated ingredients that stay on the skin to help with eczema, rosacea and acne.