Skin Cleansing (Guide To Flawless Skin Part 1)
Proper daily cleansing, both morning and evening, is the first step to beautiful, healthy skin. At night as we sleep, skin cells renew and repair themselves at twice the rate they do during the day skin undergoes a natural detoxifying process, releasing cellular debris and surface environmental pollutants that have accumulated throughout the day. Skin cannot perform this “releasing” process effectively unless it is scrupulously clean.
In the morning, the cellular waste and excess oil deposits (sebum) released overnight accumulate on the surface of the skin (also called the epidermis), and should be cleansed off before applying moisturizer, sunscreen, or makeup. If this accumulated debris becomes “sealed” onto your skin, it can cause clogged pores, surface dryness, and skin irritation. This neglect can aggravate the formation of blackheads (oxidized, clogged oil deposits called comedones), pimples (whiteheads) and other blemishes, giving skin an uneven or blotchy appearance and not allowing it to thrive.
Types of Cleansers
- Cleansers come in a variety of forms. Some of the most common are:
- Gentle, water-activated, cleansing gels (preferred and beneficial for the widest variety of skin types)
- Active cleansing gels with exfoliants like AHA’s or Glycolic (often preferred by either aging or blemished skin)
- Water-soluble cleansing milks or lotions (occasionally preferred by extra dry or sensitive skin types)
How to Cleanse Skin
Mornings and evenings, wet the skin with water, then, using the cleanser selected for your skin type, place a small amount in the palm of your hand, rub palms together and gently massage in upward motions on the face, neck, and décolleté (upper chest and neck). Rinse with warm water. Those who wear heavier makeup may wish to cleanse a second time or use a specially-formulated facial cloth to remove accumulations of makeup. Change facial cloths frequently to avoid any buildup of bacteria, particularly for oily or acne-prone skin. Always follow cleansing with the appropriate toner to balance and prepare the skin.
Removing Eye Makeup
Some quality gel cleansers are formulated to be gentle enough to cleanse the eye area as well. Moisten two soft cotton pads with water and apply a tiny amount of cleanser to one of them; rub them together to distribute the cleanser evenly on both, and apply to the eye area, pressing gently to loosen mascara. Softly cleanse using both downward motions on top of the lashes and upward motions underneath the lashes. Repeat until there is no residue left on the cotton pads. Rinse well with water.