Cleanse Your Skin Like A Pro
Most of us know the importance of a great skincare routine, which should always incorporate a thorough cleansing step . We've been told time and time again that we should never sleep in our makeup, even on those late nights, when the last thing in the world we want to be doing is prepping our skin for bed. Even with the best skincare routine in place, sometimes simply cleansing the skin is not enough to truly remove all of the dirt, oil, and makeup that can be left behind. How do you know if you are really doing all the steps necessary to get squeaky clean skin? Check out these tips below and see if your cleansing routine measures up.
Don't wait until right before bed to cleanse.
A good habit to adopt is washing your face and prepping your skin soon after you get home for the night. If you wait until right before bed, you risk feeling too tired to properly cleanse the skin, and you might leave oil and makeup residue on the skin that will be sitting there all night while you sleep. I like to cleanse my skin while I am waiting for dinner to cook, that way I can eat, and then get straight to relaxing for the evening.
Don't rush the process.
It's important to thoroughly work your cleanser into your skin, and not just give a few quick rubs of the face when washing. To properly use your cleanser, apply the product to your fingertips and gently massage into the skin, working in circular motions. Take your time, making sure to hit every area of the face, including the hair line, around the ears, and the neck. Just like you should rush through washing your hands, the face needs time and attention as well to ensure that all the dirt, oil, and makeup from the day is removed.
Use a tool to help you cleanse more thoroughly.
A face brush can be a big help when cleansing the skin, as it aids in loosening dirt and oil from the pores, leaving the skin extra clean. I have been using the Clarisonic MIA 2 for the past 3 years, and I absolutely love what it does for my skin. I notice that when I am using my MIA consistently, my skin seems much clearer, and I don't notice as many blackheads or breakouts.
Take your makeup off before cleansing.
If you have been doing a two-in-one cleansing and makeup removing process, you may want to reconsider. When you combine these two steps, you are missing out on a lot of dirt and makeup that your cleanser is unable to remove. Try using an oil-based cleanser first to remove all of your makeup, like Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil, followed by a good skin cleanser, like Rebecca's Paradise Brighten My Day Creamy Facial Wash.
Add a Micellar water.
Micellar water cleansers have been all the rage lately, and for a good reason, they work to lift dirt, oil, and makeup residue from the skin. I like to follow up my usual skin cleansing routine with a few swipes of Micellar water soaked into a cotton ball, to ensure that I have removed everything from my skin, so it's ready to take whatever products I will be using afterwards.
Try adding a few or all of these tips into your normal skincare routine, and you will notice a big difference in the look and feel of your skin. Healthy skin needs to be able to breath, so by following a proper cleansing routine, you are allowing your skin to rejuvenate overnight and generate new, healthy skin cells while you sleep.
What are your favorite cleansing techniques? How to you make sure your skin is the healthiest it can be? Share with me in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!