There’s no denying, cleansing is one of the most important steps in our skincare regimes.
Dermatologists frequently emphasise the importance of cleansing to keep skin clean, avoid clogged pores, keep blemishes at bay and prevent premature ageing, but how many of us underestimate the step and speed through the process in 2 minutes or less?
In this article, we’ll be sharing our top tips and techniques on how to thoroughly cleanse your complexion.
Tip 1: Remove makeup before cleansing
While cleansers are excellent at tackling daily dirt and grime, the majority have not been formulated to tackle the delicate eye region and shift all traces of makeup/SPF.
Using an oil, balm or wipe before your daily cleanser can be hugely beneficial as it will allow your cleanser to shift any build-up of dirt at the surface and subsequently unclog pores.
Tip 2: Cleanse as frequently as your skin requires
Ever since we were children and started introducing skincare to our daily routine, the principle of cleansing both morning and night has been engrained into our brains.
It might, therefore, come as a surprise that a lot of dermatologists believe cleansing the skin too frequently can strip it of essential oils and that cleansing once a day can sometimes suffice, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin.
The exception to this rule is if you have excessively oily skin, in which case, cleansing twice is helpful to remove oil build-up, and it is also always recommended to cleanse the skin after working out to avoid clogged pores.
Tip 3: If a scrub is too intense, exfoliate with an acid-based cleanser
If you feel like your skin requires some extra exfoliation but using a scrub too frequently is making your skin feel ‘overworked’, why not introduce an acid-based cleanser to your skincare regime?
AHAs and BHAs are great natural exfoliators (as they are acids) and help to speed up skin cell regeneration, shifting dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. This helps to soften the complexion and promote smoother skin without the need for an aggressive scrub.
Tip 4: Introduce a cleansing brush to your routine
Does your skin still ‘feel’ dirty after you’ve cleansed? You might want to add a cleansing brush to your routine to maximise the benefits of your cleanser and take a deeper approach to cleansing.
If you do decide to make the investment, try not to use your brush too frequently – as with other forms of exfoliation, brushing the skin too regularly can strip natural, essential oils and cause dryness/sensitivity.