Most of us assume that cleansing is a task so easy it can be accomplished even when you’re completely exhausted or slightly tipsy, shit maybe even completely drunk—which, of course, it can. But it turns out that there’s a lot more to it than soap and water… sure, it still requires soap and water but there are some things you need to consider. Let’s review how we should be cleansing our skin in honor of National Cleanse Your Skin Week – and yes, it’s a thing!
Makeup Wearers – Remove your makeup before you wash your face! You heard me! Use an oil based cream or emollient wipe, especially around the eyes to dissolve stubborn makeup and sunscreen. Follow with lukewarm water (some say cold because it shrinks the pores but it really doesn’t) and use your regular cleaner. Remember to look for cleaners that are sulfate-free, similar to our hair products. You can wash with your hands or we recommend the Clarisonic Mia 2. Pricey, but we promise it feels great and leaves your skin feeling even better
Don’t Over-wash – There is a debate as to whether you really need to wash your face in the morning and at night – some just say wash it at night (what do you think?). Regardless, all folks agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and lack of moisture. For very dry skin or even sensitive skin, consider washing your face just daily in the evenings.
Wash and Shower – The mild steam from your shower can help soften the hardened oil in your pores. If you shower every night, make sure you wash your face in the shower so help improve overall moisture in your skin.
Exfoliate – A salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser is gentle and most effective when it comes to your skin. Both offer anti-aging benefits and help prevent breakouts. Ditch the grainy scrubs as they can often be too rough on your skin. Consider using 2-4 times a week for glowing skin.
Tell us about your skincare routine! We’re always looking for fresh and new ideas when it comes to washing our faces because let’s admit it, it’s about as fun as brushing your teeth ;-)!