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The Right Way to Cleanse:
First let's talk about how you should cleanse your skin. It's important to cleanse your skin two times a day - once in the morning and then again at night. Cleansing your skin helps remove any oils and bacteria plus its a great way to help you wake up in the morning or wind down before bed.
For people with more sensitive or dry skin, I recommend just rinsing your face with water in the morning and using cleansers only at night. This way you're not stripping your skin of any natural oils that help keep your skin moisturized. Just use a toner to help freshen up!
At night however, all skin types should be double cleansing - especially if wearing makeup! The first cleanse only gets the first layer of oil, dirt, & makeup off and the second will be a much deeper cleanse. Have you ever used a cotton pad on your skin after cleansing and wonder how it's still not clean?! It's because you need a really deep cleanse to be able clean out your pores.
We are all born with a skin type - oily, combination, dry... however our skin's condition changes all of the time. It could be from the weather, hormones, traveling and so on. You may be born with oily skin but your skin's condition could be currently dry. It's important to treat your skin based on how it feels that day, not on what your skin type typically is. Using the wrong cleanser can be one of the factors that change your skin's condition. That's why it's important to use a cleanser thats meant for your skin.
Oily - Combination Skin:
Gels and gentle foaming cleansers will be the best choices to cleanse dirt and sebum from an oilier complexion without leaving your skin stripped. If your skin feels tight and dry after cleansing, or if you need to frequently apply moisturizer, these are signs that you shouldn't be using an oily skin cleanser, and need something more hydrating/gentle instead.
If your skin is on the dry or sensitive side, I recommend using creams, lotions and milky cleansers that are designed to cleanse gently while keeping your skin hydrated. Be careful with cleaning oils & balms, they're heavier products which is better for dry skin, but can be too heavy and pore clogging which can cause problems such as milia (closed little white heads that only a dermatologist can get rid of). If your skin looks and feels greasy within a short time after washing with one of these, or if it just doesn't feel thoroughly clean, it may be a sign that you need to switch up to a stronger gel or foaming cleanser.
Quick Word About Facial Wipes:
You'll notice that face wipes are no where to be found on my list of suggested cleansers. I think they are fine and convenient to use occasionally, when you're on the go or at the gym - but should never be a replacement for regular consistent cleansing. I've found that most of them contain questionable ingredients way more than in miceller waters (which I prefer over wipes) and this is more worrisome because they're being left on your skin instead of rinsed down the drain. Plus they are wasteful! If you do want face wipes to be a part of your routine, I suggest using them as an initial makeup remover and then following with a regular cleanser.
Hopefully I've convinced you that cleansers are an important part of your skin care regimen - and that all are not created equal! I personally like to rotate through a few different cleansers to address my skin's different needs. No mater what cleanser you choose, remember not to over cleanse. As I said before you might find just splashing your face with water is sufficient in the mornings. That said, I do always recommend a good cleanse at night before bed, to remove all the makeup, oil and dirt accumulated through out the day.
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