Facial cleansers: small steps for a perfect skin
Whether you are a man or a woman the first step on a daily skin care routine should always be to properly cleanse it. Removing the dirt and dead cells that piles up on your skin can improve its appearance, get it ready to properly absorb any products that we apply afterwards, and also promote skin renewal.
Our skin is naturally subject to many aggressions on a daily basis: wind, cold, heat, rain, make-up, shaving, and the regular touch of our tainted hands. Choosing the right facial cleanser can help our skin regain its youthfulness and look healthier. Be sure to cleanse twice a day, in the morning and in the evening and chose products that are meant for your face and not body, the facial skin tends to be more sensitive, and some products that work great on our body can be harsh for the face.
The first thing to know when choosing your facial cleanser is which skin type is yours! Read our blog post on skin type to learn what is your skin type.
Every skin type has different needs that can be met by using an appropriate facial cleanser (lucky for us, there is a wide range of products available in the market). For example, if you have dry skin, you will want to stay clear from cleansers that might dry out your face and leave it unprotected. Oily skin, will have to clean not only the dirt and grime that piles up during the day, but also the excess sebum that it produces, still taking care that the chosen product will not strip away the natural skin barrier. Sensitive skin, will have to prefer products with the least ingredients possible avoiding anything that can cause irritation such as fragrances.
So let’s take a closer look at some of the options:
Soaps: It might seem like an obvious or practical choice to many of us, and although they are in fact quite effective cleansers, they also tend to remove the natural oils that are part of the skins natural barrier, and may leave your face dry, cracked and vulnerable.
Cleansing creams, lotions or milks: While removing the dirt from your skin, these products help keep it moisturized. For a dry or a sensitive skin these are usually the best options as they don’t dry out your skin.
Apply these products on a cotton disc, and make circular motions on your face and neck. Repeat as many times as necessary until the cotton appears clean.
Scrubs: Exfoliating the skin, removes dead skin cells that remain on the surface, making it soft and smooth, and also allows skin renewal to occur. It also helps promote the efficiency of products that are applied afterwards.
These products should be used only once or twice a week, to prevent the skin’s protective barrier to be damaged from over scrubbing.
– Towelettes/Cleansing wipes:
Cleansing wipes are a good option for traveling, for midday cleansing and even for those days when you are just feeling lazy, they are convenient, easy to use and don’t require rinsing. However, they should not be your product of choice for a day-to-day use, as they generally have high amounts of preservatives, and can cause some allergic reaction.
Soapless cleansers/syndets: Ideal for Sensitive skin, they can accomplish the same as regular soapy cleansers, without containing ingredients that might be too harsh. Many of them will also help moisturize the skin, as they contain moisturizing ingredients and humectants (ingredients that absorb water from the environment and retain it in the skin).
No-rinse cleanser: There are many advantages to using these kind of products, other than time-saving, they are usually able to keep your skin moisturized and protected, sensitive skin might benefit from the removal of the rinsing step as it tends to always involve some degree of exfoliating.
There are also specific products for cleansing and removing make up from the eyes, which are formulated in order to prevent irritations. Indicated for sensitive eyes and for contact lens users.
Now that you know a bit more on how to choose your daily facial cleanser, here are a couple of tips to follow before starting your routine:
Get your hair off of your face (use a headband or clip) and wash your hands. There is no need to transfer any bacteria from your hands to your face, they are probably much dirtier than your face. 😊