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Beauty | 16.02.2015

Never skip this step if you want beautiful skin

 

So many people miss the importance of the first step in caring for your skin – CLEANSING.

I remember years ago, my sister-in-law (who has always had problematic skin) complaining to me. I asked her about her routine and she admitted that she omitted the first golden rule and only cleansed occasionally.

I told her that not cleansing is like going to bed with dog poo on your feet. Once she started cleansing morning and night, her skin improved dramatically within a week and she has never looked back.

A little bit of sweat mixed with the skin's natural sebum turns your face into a magnet; it attracts everything, sometimes even unwarranted attention!

Removing dirt, makeup, sweat, oil, bacteria and impurities is imperative. As environmental pollution increases, thorough cleansing becomes crucial for maintaining good skin.

How to cleanse your face properly

Choose a cleanser that is formulated for your skin type and use it ritualistically, morning and evening. You shower at least once a day, so that's the best place to keep it and use it.

I have a personal rule to shower at the end of the day to wash all your cares away.

Cleansers should not leave a greasy residue on the skin or block the pores, nor should they contain harsh surfactants that strip the skin of its natural oils and impart an imbalance. It is best to avoid sulfates as they are extremely drying to the point of corrosiveness.

Plant-derived cleansers by comparison are mild and gentle, while incorporating anti-irritant principles, so as not to irritate the eyes or delicate facial skin.

  1. Run warm (not hot) water over your face.
  2. Lather the cleansing lotion or gel between the palms of the hands and emulsify with a small amount of warm water.
  3. Gently massage over the face, neck and decolletage.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Remove thoroughly with a warm flannel, making sure all residue is also removed.

Creamy cleansers and lotions

These are extremely mild on the skin. They should contain emollient substances and be low in surfactant content. They should moisturise and hydrate as they clean. They are generally recommended for mature, dry, normal, dehydrated and devitalised skin types. 

Foaming cleansers

These should not be harsh, yet still remove excess oil from oily skin without leaving it parched and starved of moisture. A cleansing gel should produce light foam as opposed to a bubble bath on your face. It should effectively and gently assist with balancing sebaceous activity, without depleting the skin of its natural oils.

If your skin feels tight and drawn after cleansing, then it is likely that your cleanser is damaging the acid mantle and interfering with your natural sebaceous secretions. This in turn will cause the skin to become unbalanced and it sends a message to the oil glands to produce more oil, further exacerbating skin problems. 

Foaming cleansers are recommended for normal, combination, oily and acne skin types.

Even if you cleansed prior to sleeping, a cleansing ritual in the morning not only helps you to wake up and refresh yourself, it assists with removing cellular wastes that your skin generated as it was resting and repairing.

Cleansing at night removes the build-up of oils, dirt particles, bacteria, makeup and many other residues that accumulate on your face during the day. Leaving makeup or environmental pollutants on your skin overnight can lead to premature aging and blemishes.

I can't emphasise enough that cleansing is one of the most important and fundamental steps in your routine!

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