The benefits of facial cleansing include the removal of impurities, sebum, and sweat. Throughout the day, the skin is covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and dead skin cells. Daily facial cleansing removes these impurities and gives the skin a fresh look.
Without cleansing, your skin would be covered with a thick layer of dirt and impurities, making it difficult for other products to penetrate properly.
Regular facial cleansing is also an important factor in helping the skin maintain the proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough, wrinkled, and aged. Cleansing helps regulate the skin's pH levels.
Why should we cleanse our skin?
In general, you should cleanse your face twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening.
Morning cleansing can help remove any remnants of dead skin or bacteria you've collected from your pillow, hair, and saliva during sleep. Not only that, but a quick morning rinse is also essential for your skincare routine. To ensure that serums and creams are absorbed properly, you need clean, oil-free skin.
The evening skincare routine is just as important as the morning one. During the day, your skin accumulates a layer of dirt, pollution, and a layer of skin oil and sweat. Failure to cleanse your face can lead to inflammation, irritation, itching, and even cracks or red veins.
Just keep in mind that you may need to use a different cleanser in the morning than the one you use at night. For example, if you have dry or sensitive skin, you can use micellar water or a gentle cleansing product in the morning.
And if you use a cleanser containing salicylic acid to manage acne, you may find it too harsh or drying to use twice a day.
What is the difference between cleansing and makeup removal?
Although it may not seem so at first glance, cleansing and makeup removal are two completely different activities. Let's explain what they mean.
Makeup remover is designed to remove makeup, such as foundation, concealer, and eye shadows, from the surface of the skin, while cleansers clean the skin itself, removing impurities, sweat, sebum, dead skin cells, and pollutants.
Therefore, it is worth investing in two separate products, but you must make sure that the formulas you combine are truly suitable for your skin type.
Why use products tailored to your skin type?
If your skin is dry or sensitive, the best choice is a gentle or creamy cleanser. Those with oily skin can use gel or foaming cleansers. And people with normal skin will benefit from a water-based cleanser.
You can also try using cleansing oil or balm, which tend to be more hydrating than traditional cleansers and can effectively remove heavy makeup and sunscreen.
However, if you have no idea where to start or how to determine your skin type, it's worth consulting a dermatologist who can recommend a facial cleansing routine tailored specifically for you.
Choose skincare products labeled as "oil-free" and "alcohol-free." This means that these products, including cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup, won't clog your pores or cause acne.
Use gentle, foaming cleansers on your face. Many people believe that oily skin needs to be thoroughly and frequently cleansed to dry it out. However, using overly harsh facial cleansers can irritate the skin and lead to increased oil production.
This gentle cleansing milk cleanses the skin with coconut oil extract. It contains Lactil for skin hydration. The product removes impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells, is a source of antioxidants, and provides skin regeneration.
This tonic gently cares for the skin with papaya extract. It can be used as a facial water or after cleansing oil to eliminate the feeling of oily skin.
Dry or Atopic Skin
Use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser without alcohol on your face twice a day. Products with stearic acid (found in shea butter) or linoleic acid (found in argan oil) can help improve dry areas of your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, wash your face with a cleanser in the evening and just rinse with water at other times.
And lastly, apply moisturizer several times a day, especially when your skin is dry and after washing your hands or taking a bath when your skin is still moist.
This gel takes care of the skin, does not disturb the skin barrier, does not clog pores, and provides light hydration. Effective coconut oil extract is suitable for sensitive skin.
Problematic and Acne-Prone Skin
The treatment of acne depends on its severity. It may take several months of treatment before acne symptoms improve. If you only have a few blackheads, whiteheads, and spots, a pharmacist should advise you on how to successfully treat them with over-the-counter gels or creams.
When looking for facial cleansers for acne prone skin, it's important to consider three active ingredients that combat acne: salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA); and benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial agent that kills bacteria.
Wood charcoal masks exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells and other impurities from its surface. This exfoliating effect contributes to a brighter complexion over time. Wood charcoal facial masks are said to work by drawing out deposits and impurities from deep within the pores, helping to suppress pimples and breakouts.
Normal and Mature Skin
The best way to care for normal skin is to follow the basics that every skin type needs, including daily use of a gentle, effective cleanser, non-irritating exfoliation, SPF 30 sunscreen or higher, and a hydrating cream with skin-renewing and skin-soothing ingredients.
Your routine for mature skin should start with cleansing the face and neck. This skincare routine should be accompanied by gentle formulations that strengthen the skin barrier and maintain skin moisture. Depending on your preferences, you can choose micellar water, cleansing milk, or cleansing foam. Don't forget the tonic, which removes residual impurities from the skin and prepares it for anti-aging care: serum and cream.
How to Cleanse Your Skin Properly?
For proper facial cleansing, it is recommended to moisten the face with lukewarm - not hot - water and apply the cleanser in a circular motion using your fingertips.
Don't forget to cleanse the T-zone and the U-zone (around the chin) since these are areas that people often overlook. Once you've created a nice lather, rinse and gently pat dry with a soft, clean towel.
Avoid Cleansing with Hot Water
Extreme temperatures, such as hot, steamy showers or hot water, can cause dilation of blood vessels and damage delicate tissue. In addition, hot water naturally strips the skin of its essential oil barrier, which helps maintain skin integrity. This means that your skin will dry out faster and may become more itchy and flaky over time.
Hydration Is Key
Hydration is crucial, primarily to give your skin elasticity and radiance. Most hydrating products contain both humectants (which draw water into the skin) and occlusives (which help seal in that hydration), and one of the most effective ingredients is hyaluronic acid.
So, applying a hydrating cream when your skin is still slightly damp after cleansing – not completely wet – helps retain even more moisture in your skin.
Why Use a Toner?
Another essential step is using a toner. Toner for the face is essentially an intermediary step in skincare. It is intended for use after cleansing the face but before applying serum or moisturizer.
Facial toners prepare the skin for moisturizers and serums while also removing excess oil and stubborn impurities or makeup left on the face after cleansing. But they are not a substitute for washing the face.
For the best results, use it morning and evening. However, if your skin tends to dry out or become irritated easily, try using it once a day or every other day.
Serums and Facial Creams
Lastly, we recommend using a serum and facial cream. What's the difference between them?
Serums deliver active ingredients; they are typically thin and absorbent, leaving only a small layer on the skin's surface. They also tend to address various skin issues, whether it's anti-aging, brightening the skin, or preventing acne. Although they are usually more expensive than other skincare products, they are packed with effective ingredients.
How do you choose the right serum? There are plenty of options, and you can choose based on your skin type, whether you have dry skin or tend to get acne. Another option is to choose a serum based on age.
Explore our FACIAL SERUMS, and you will undoubtedly find the one that suits you.
Facial creams use denser formulations to create a physical barrier that locks in hydration and prevents skin from drying out. They can also improve the function of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin, consisting of lipid and oil skin cells) to help better retain moisture.
Based on skin type, if you have mature skin, you will need a cream that hydrates, fights wrinkles, and is a vitamin bomb for your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, you will most likely choose a day cream that combats acne and helps heal it.
Night creams are a feast for your skin. They are much denser than day creams, and they contain many more nourishing ingredients.
Try the Regenerating Night Cream - Hyaluron Night Cream 50ml, rosehip and argan oil, gynostemma pentaphyllum extract, and rock rose extract from the European brand Nafigate. It's fragrance-free and promotes collagen production.
What Is Double Cleansing?
Double cleansing, or double cleaning, is a method of cleansing the face twice. First with an oil-based cleanser and then again with a water-based cleanser. This method helps remove stubborn impurities that clog pores and cause acne, which can remain on the skin even after a single face wash.
The advantage of double cleansing is that the first cleanser breaks down all the makeup, removes impurities and excess oil from the day, and cleanses your skin. The second cleanser will address your specific skin type or issue and should contain ingredients for hydration, smoothing, peeling, or acne treatment.
What Is Deep Skin Cleansing? (Exfoliation)
Deep skin cleansing, also known as exfoliation, is a crucial procedure for maintaining healthy and youthful-looking skin. It can effectively deeply cleanse the skin, pores, hydrate the skin, remove dead cells, and help reduce fine lines.
Another advantage of exfoliation is that it helps the skin absorb extracts and nutrients from serums and creams more effectively.
However, be careful with its application. It is not recommended to perform exfoliation every day, ideally once a week, to avoid damaging the skin.
Treat Your Skin to Something Extra
Just like serums or moisturizers, a facial mask is a skincare product. It delivers highly concentrated active ingredients, vitamins, and nutrients to improve overall skin health. The difference? Facial masks are occlusive – they create a physical barrier that locks in beneficial ingredients and allows the skin to absorb them more effectively.
A quality facial mask can help with the following:
- Hydrating and moisturizing dry skin.
- Minimizing large pores.
- Improving skin texture.
- Absorbing excess oil and impurities.
- Unclogging pores.
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Increasing elasticity.
- Enhancing the look of acne.
- Brightening dark spots.
Did you know there are exfoliating masks, gel masks, and nano-fiber masks?
Come and see for yourself: FACIAL MASKS
Relax! This is our final recommendation because stress also has an adverse effect on our skin, especially on the face. So, take a moment to pause, make yourself a good herbal tea, take a bath, or go for a massage. You'll see that you'll feel rejuvenated.
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