Think you know everything there is to know about facial cleansers? You probably know that a facial cleanser is an essential part of any skincare routine. You may also know that the primary purpose of a cleanser is to remove makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and other pollutants from the skin. Here are a few things that you might not have known.
Lukewarm Water Is Best
When cleaning your face, the type of face wash you use isn’t the only important factor. The temperature of the water you use to dampen and rinse your face also plays a role in the effectiveness of the product. Extreme temperatures can be too harsh on the skin. Instead, use lukewarm or tepid water.
Body Soaps Can Be Drying to the Face
Body bar soaps are effective at removing dirt, sweat, and grime from the body, but can be extremely drying to the face. The skin on the body is thicker and more resilient then the thinner, more sensitive skin on the face. If you want to use a bar soap on your face, be sure it’s specifically formulated as a facial wash.
Longer Is Usually Better
Most people make the mistake of quickly applying their cleanser and immediately rinsing it off. With this method, the product doesn’t have enough time to break down makeup residue and oils, leaving these contaminants on the face. For your cleanser to work properly, massage it onto the skin for at least thirty seconds.
Cleansers Are Available for All Skin Types
The cleanser your best friend uses may not be suitable for your skin type. Opt for a cleanser designed for your specific skin issues. For example, Ultra-Sensitive Cleansing Milk is formulated for those with highly-sensitive skin, or for individuals post-operative or post-peel.
Too Much Can Be Bad
You may think that washing your face more vigorously will make your skin look better but the opposite is usually true. You want to gently massage the product into your skin, not scrub it. For the best results, try a mild wash like the Purifying Aza Cleanser with Kaolin & Sulphur. This cleanser also contains ingredients that help remove acne.
Cleanse Twice a Day, Morning and Night
As a general rule of thumb, cleanse your skin twice a day. More than twice a day and you may remove essential oils that keep your skin moisturized. To keep your skin well-nourished, use a facial cleanser with antioxidant ingredients. The Vitamin A Cleanser protects against free radicals and helps with enlarged pores and uneven skin texture.
Massage the Skin
When applying a facial cleanser, use a generous amount of product and massage it into the skin using small, circular motions along the neck and face. Not only does this method ensure that the product is better absorbed, the massaging action also stimulates blood and oxygen flow for a more youthful glow.
Cleansers have the ability to do everything from minimize pores to treat acne vulgaris. They’re usually the first step in a skincare routine and the most important. For more information about our facial cleansers, contact us today.