I’m back, Cheeky’s! I missed y’all!
Last week, my darling mom, Camille came to visit and Cheeky had a 7-day break to focus on the trip & time spent. Appreciate you guys bearing with me on a blog-free week. It’s been a while since one of those occurred.
When she was visiting, we did some face masks, tweezed her eyebrows and some other amazing skincare stuff and I of course had supplied some other goodies while she was here. One of those included face wipes. They’re so easy to use and especially great at night if you’re tired and you can wipe your face and turn down your bed sheets at the same time. You know how vacations get, right!? They can be tiring in and of themselves, so I suggested Camille do this.
I, myself, have recently become super reliant on my face wipes and while they’re good for sporadic cleansing or a supplement once in a blue moon for real face cleansing, I noticed that I wasn’t even using my Clarisonic. My skin began immediately suffering. I was performing ‘surgery’ the other day, which is the household’s phrase for skincare routine & plucking time and I could NOT get over the amount of whiteheads and blackheads I had….I actually rarely get either or so I was quite stunned. Then I thought to myself, ‘Tsk, tsk Colleen… you’ve been lazy’. My inner self was damn right! I had gotten way to comfortable with these Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes (which are really awesome btw, lol clearly!) and I was neglecting the actual process of washing my face, double cleansing and performing the routine of gentle exfoliation each morning and night. Shame on me!
But instead of just being disappointed in myself, I quickly got back into the ‘habit’ of washing my face with a cleansing brush and I say habit in quotes because I literally am incapable of sticking to the same routine, regardless of what it is. Whoever says it takes 21 days of repetitive whatever to get into a habit hasn’t met me. And apparently, a cosmetic surgeon came up with this notion in 1966. Ironic! Good old, Maxwell Maltz. But anyways, I’m back at the normal cleansing routine and my face is like, ‘Uh, thanks! We’ve been asking for this for a couple months’.
While makeup wipes are not bad in any way, shape or form, they should be used as a convenience, not a necessity and that’s the best rule of thumb right there.
Cleansing wipes don’t effectively clean the skin in the way you may think. Or at least they’re not as effective as general cleansing and you may be surprised to hear why: Makeup wipes often smear dirt, bacteria, oil, and makeup across the face. Whereas cleansing agents are designed to break down debris within the pores, but it is the rinsing action that actually removes it.
With face wipes, there’s still oil and debris that will clog pores, and products won’t be able to penetrate without proper cleansing and exfoliation. My skin was agreeing with this theory!
And not just that, but many makeup wipes are stuffed with ingredients like SD alcohol 40 and denatured alcohol which are really just dehydrating the skin and that ain’t good!
If you’re anything like mwah, you probably know better and are wanting to get into a thorough cleansing routine that leaves your skin flawless. Let’s review the basics so we can all go to bed at night with a clear conscious 😉 Or at least a clear face!
Double cleanse! This is highly recommended and I lazily ran out of my double cleansing oil, so this is where I went wrong. I recommend always double cleansing because you’re getting all the makeup, dirt and grime off & you won’t smear it around without cleansing again afterwards.
Visit our Double Cleansing blog if you’re not already on this train!
Towel off (I recommend a separate one if you wear a lot of makeup or wear heavy sunscreen) and thoroughly pat your face to get rid of all residue. Then you’re ready for the second phase of cleansing which is using your cleansing brush and applying your day to day face wash.
I use a light soap & water in the morning to wash my face and then use my cleansing brush in the evening (when I’m following skincare 101, duh!). I would recommend many of you try this routine because you’ll theoretically never ‘over-wash’ your face which can lead to a whole host of other issues. Too much exfoliation and cleansing can actually do the opposite of what it’s supposed to do.
Pat your beautiful face with a fresh, clean towel & step away from the mirror 😉 Just kidding! But seriously, don’t pick your skin! Apply your products one by one and take a little ‘me’ time. It’s the best way to rev up for the day or settle in at night… a perfect routine to help you be at peace – or at least that’s how I often see it… except the face washing part… man I cheated there for a while.
Visit our Towels & Pillowcases Are Sabotaging Our Skin blog to learn more.
And to scare the living bejesus out of you into washing your face the right way (well according to Cheeky) – I’m also secretly writing this to scare myself to make sure I never go to the dark side again – here’s what happens when you don’t wash your face (correctly):
- Acne begins to form
- Dirt & oil clog your pores
- Blackheads & whiteheads start to appear
- Pores look larger
- Skin texture is dull
- It actually ages you if you don’t get rid of all the dirt and grime on a daily basis (particularly nightly basis)
- If you have oily skin, you’ll start to see even more oil
- Dry skin will be dryer
^ So yeah, none of the above are good. Wash your face & do it right, every time.