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Cleaning your face is one of the most fundamental steps for every skincare routine. During the day, our faces pick up dirt, bacteria, and germs and for some of us, we fill our faces with makeup while at night, the skin releases toxins and sebum which if not cleansed properly, could cause the accumulation of sebum hence breakouts.
Usually, acne is caused by having excess sebum production, lack of enough moisture on the face or by acne germs. Basically, dead skin forms when excess sebum clogs the pores causing scars, marks and breakouts thus acne. Thus, cleansing should be taken just as seriously and depending on one’s type of facial skin, one should know how to choose a cleanser, and the right cleanser for that matter.
The 7 Golden Rules Of Cleansing Your Face
Well, no matter your skin type, these 7 golden rules of cleansing will work the magic for your face:
1. Cleanse both in the morning and evening.
Cleaning your face twice a day, and not more than that is one of the most important rules of skincare. Usually, cleanse in the morning and in the evening.
Overnight, your skin works on repairing itself hence releasing sebum that accumulates on your skin. Thus, you have to remove these cells, dead skin cells and debris in the morning with a good cleanse which also prepares your skin to take up all the ingredients you will use on your face afterwards.
In the evening, you need to remove makeup, dirt and other grime of the day from your face to prevent breakouts and age spots. This also allows your skin to breathe as you sleep.
But remember, your morning cleanse should not be as thorough as your evening cleanse.
2. Don’t wash your face with bar or hand soap.
We have been told a million times to stay away from bar soap but we don’t seem to listen, right?
Well, the skin on our faces
If you have to use bar soap, then go for soaps with great organic ingredients like clay, aloe vera and much more!
3. Choose a cleanser that targets your skin concerns.
Mess up with the wrong cleanser and you will cry out the whole time! I mean, if you want to see how much your skin can misbehave, get the wrong cleanser!
Thus, any cleanser you buy must always be of your skin type. While a gel cleanser will purify and give a soft matte finish hence ideal for oily skin, a milky/creamy cleanser is good for dry or mature skin.
4. Don’t use a cleanser that leaves you dry or tight.
Bar soaps will give us that dry, tight feeling on the face but trust me, cleansers too can because these cleansers will strip off your natural oils. For example: if you have oily skin and you feel this sensation which obviously leads to more sebum production, say goodbye to that cleanser!
5. Enhance your cleansing with a cleaning device.
The skin on our faces is thin and requires no pressure but it’s unfortunate to realize that we exert a lot of pressure on your faces during cleansing. If this is you, quit that and get a cleansing brush which is more effective! Cleansing with your ring finger can be so fine but trust me, you will be amazed at how good a brush can be!
6. Follow with toning.
Some call it the last step of cleansing while others call it the first step of feeding the face. Well, I can call it both because toning is so fundamental for good skin! Using a toner, all
7. Don’t use piping hot water on your face.
After experimenting with both cold and hot water for my face, I finally fell for cold water. Cold water gives you such a cool feeling on the face that your skin will thank you for! As well, warm water might feel relaxing but actually causes a drying effect on the skin. To avoid flaky skin, just use cold water.
With those 7 golden rules of cleansing, you can cheer to a beautiful skin. And if you have never thought of incorporating cleansing into your skincare routine, then it’s time!
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