Your cleanser is assigned to do one, very simple job: clean your skin.
Many people often question its importance. Cleanser is realistically only on your skin for 5-10 seconds, then rinsed away with water. So who should care if you use a bar of soap, a cleanser with foaming properties, or maybe a cleanser that’s medicated? YOU SHOULD.
Although cleansing your skin is a short process, the “type” of clean you experience from the product you use will lay the foundation for how effective all products applied after will be. You want to make sure your cleanser doesn’t take more from your skin than it should. Stripping skin of its oils leaves you feeling too dry, whereas leaving an oily residue on your face and not providing that proper balance isn’t creating a good base you products.
Before choosing a cleanser: Evaluate your skin type. You may have normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin. Remember to re-evaluate your skin care products frequently as your skin type can change at each season; and during different stages in your life. Owning more than one cleanser isn’t a strange thing to do at all. Our skin changes over time based on hormones, stress, medications or other factors that might mean alternating cleansers is necessary.
A little more advice:
It’s not crucial to choose a cleanser based on your age. The truth is that most cleansers do not include anti-aging ingredients in their formulations, as this is not a step in the skin care routine that is left to penetrate into deeper layers of your skin. Because of its short life cycle and being washed away with water, what matters about cleanser is how effective it is for your skin type and how it makes your skin feel after using it.
What should cleansing do? Remove dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells. It should also restore your skin’s pH levels, balancing extremes of oiliness or dryness.
When do you use cleanser? Morning and night. You use it in the morning to remove any residue left over from products used the night before. You also use it at night to clean your face of oils, dirt, and make-up applied and collected throughout the day. The first and most important step in an anti-aging regimen is finding and using a good cleanser.
After cleansing, the goal is for your skin to feel soft and smooth. Make sure skin is dry before applying the next products in your routine. Reminder to pat your skin dry – don’t rub as it can lead to irritation and stretching, which may cause unnecessary wrinkles. If you keep it simple, always make sure you cleanse then follow that up with a moisturizer.