Your Cleansing Manual
How many times per day to cleanse your skin?
What cleansers are good for your skin type?
What cleansers are harmful or useless?
How to adjust your cleansing routine to the changing seasons or climates?
These and other questions answered in the series of blog posts dedicated to Cleansing - an often neglected, yet hugely important face care step. Cleansing done right paves the way for the healthy, glowing skin appearance! The purposes of cleansing are:
- to remove dirt, grime and makeup
- to get rid of bacterial buildup
- to allow for nutrient penetration deeper into the skin layers
And yet ask anyone "What is the most important step in your facial protocol?" And likely most people will name moisturizing. Truth is, your entire protocol will leave a mark on your face :)
We can't say enough about the importance of cleansing, especially gentle cleansing!
Don't dehydrate your skin with harsh cleansers.
Don't use cleansers based on synthetic chemicals which do not biodegrade and pollute oceans.
Don't use cleansers with questionable chemical ingredients which leave toxic residue on your skin and kill your topical flora.
Do use gentle daily cleansers without abrasive, peeling, exfoliating, dehydrating qualities.
Do use preferably organic cleansers as they are safer for the skin and the environment.
Do go for properly formulated oil-based cleansers to boost skin hydration.
Hold on to your skin's moisture - it's vital for youthful, glowing appearance.
Winter and cold climate facts
Are you feeling your skin getting dryer and more difficult to please? Dry, cold months are responsible for your troubles. And so, it's important to re-evaluate how you cleanse your skin every day.
Cleansers (and strong chemical peels) tend to be most detrimental to epidermis and provoke dryness. This is especially exacerbated by dryer weather conditions. Choose cleansers that remove dirt, makeup and grime without stripping. What are they stripping exactly? Harsh, strong cleansers remove all oil from the skin, including skin's natural protective oils (sebum) which serves as a moisture barrier (keeps moisture in) along with performing other important functions. These cleansers also diminish skin's natural flora (good bacteria) that thrive on the surface and keep your skin's healthy appearance. Instead, try using gentle cleansers, such as oil-based cleansers, mild and fatty facial washes, as well as powdered cleansers. They do not overcleanse and provide additional nourishing benefits powered by super plants.
The gentlest cleansing method
The biggest issue in maintaining your skin's moisture balance is a daily cleanser - this is the step that hits skin the hardest with the wrong products.
Cleansing oil is a real savior for dry and sensitive skin types which are at greater risk of dehydration. Therefore to keep your skin healthy, clean and not dehydrated, it's essential to skip aggressive cleansers. The best way to cleanse dry, dehydrated, sensitive skin types - the oil cleansing method.
Oily and combo skin types can also become fairly quickly dehydrated and excessively oily if overcleansed. Our cleansing oil is tough on makeup and grime, yet goes on light and non-greasy to help oily skin breathe.
So how often do you need to cleanse your skin during the day?
Morning (or whatever is your wakeup time) and Evening. Should you cleanse in between? If you feel the need to do so. For example after a good amount of sweating (as after a gym or a hot day on a beach). Sweat may irritate skin and make it itchy, and may also clog pores leading to acne formation. Another case is a chlorinated pool - it's a must to wash off chemicals completely and cleanse skin thoroughly.
A special way of cleansing which involves removing the uppermost layer of the skin consisting of dead skin cells.
Frequency of the deep exfoliation depends on the strength of the exfoliator, so there is no surefire way to say 1-2 times per week or once a month. There are even daily exfoliants, for example daily toners or cleansers with built-in exfoliation.
Is it good or bad to exfoliate every day? In our opinion, it's important to exercise caution with exfoliation. Too much - and you end up with thinning skin that is suddenly super sensitive and prone to aging. Too little and the dead skin build up will start clogging pores and zits will grow like mushrooms.
When it comes to exfoliation, non-aggressive method is best, unless you are battling a really hard case of acne. Cystic acne are better resolved at the trusted dermatologist's office. For a good maintenance and prevention routine, use a tried and true mild exfoliator a few times per week (1-3 depending on how sensitive your skin is).
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