Cleansing 101

Cleansing 101

Ever since you were a small child, you've been told that washing your face every day is important, just as washing the rest of your body is. Despite how annoying the process may be to some, washing your face every day is an essential step in anyone's skin care routine, no matter what type of skin you have. With regular cleansing, your skin will look, feel, and stay healthy. If you wash your face every day (or even twice a day), you're on the right track, but are you cleansing properly? It turns out, washing your face incorrectly can damage your skin and cause more problems than you started with. To dispel any incorrect information and to help you get the best skin possible, we'll guide you on the basics of cleansing, both what to do and what not to do.

Why It's Important

Aside from removing dirt, makeup, and excess oil that builds up on your face throughout the day or night, daily cleansing has quite a few benefits. Some other unpleasant and unwanted things that accumulate on the face could be dead skin cells and bacteria, which can be washed away during a facial cleansing to keep your skin clear and healthy. Speaking of clear skin, keeping up with washing your face can prevent and reduce acne.

Properly cleansing your pores reduces bacteria and sebum buildup, and ultimately, reduces your chances of a breakout. While you don't want to cleanse more than twice a day, consistent washing will help keep your skin clear of unwanted blemishes. Your apparent pore size can also be managed with a regular washing routine, because it reduces congestion of the associated follicles. With well formulated products, cleansing provides extra hydration to the skin. Regular cleansing helps manage pH levels, which aids in keeping the skin moisturized. Cleansing your skin has many benefits, so it isn't a step you should skip in your skin care routine. facewash and bacteria

What to Do

Now that you understand why regular cleansing is important, let's get down to how to properly wash your face. Ideally, you should wash your face at least twice a day: once after you wake up in the morning, and before hitting the pillow at bed time. cleanse face twice a day First, wash your hands to prevent any bacteria from mixing in with your cleanser. Also, make sure you are using a cleanser that is gentle to the skin, as abrasive cleansers can cause redness and irritation. Use lukewarm water to wet your face and use your fingers to rub the cleanser all over your face for 20 to 30 seconds. Once you are finished, rinse off the cleanser with lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a towel. Finally, apply moisturizer to support the skin's barrier function. Because cleansing can remove some of the oil from your face, using moisturizer immediately after cleansing will keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy. Sounds easy enough, right? You may have heard these instructions time and time again, but even slight mistakes can mean bad news for your skin.

What NOT to Do

Something as simple as washing your face can easily be screwed up if not done properly, which is why skipping or improperly completing steps can lead to consequences. First, using hot or cold water instead of lukewarm water can cause the skin to become irritated. Hot water can be especially dangerous, as it can strip skin of its oil barrier and leave your skin vulnerable. Cold water will make your cleanser's job a bit more difficult. When it's time to cleanse, the gentler you are, the better. Scrubbing hard into the skin can leave your face looking red and irritated and scrubbing for too long can be just as damaging. Scrubbing for more than 30 seconds may lead to irritation and be considered over-cleansing. Over-cleansing, or washing more than twice a day, can strip the skin of the oils it needs to protect itself from the environment, leaving it vulnerable. Avoid skipping moisturizer immediately after washing your face. Your skin benefits from cleansers, but the cleanser can dry skin as well, especially in the first few minutes after cleansing. A good moisturizer will seal in the benefits. water temperature skincare Now that you understand the basics of cleansing, it's time to put your knowledge into practice. If you already have a cleanser, but you don't think it's doing the trick or you are skipping it because it's too harsh, consider a new product. At Calysta Labs, we've formulated our Restorative Foaming Cleanser to be gentle, calming, hydrating, and perfect for those with sensitive skin. With the help of ingredients like panthenol, your skin will be left feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Wouldn't it feel great to look forward to cleansing as a refreshing ritual instead of a "must do" task?