New York Fashion week is in full swing: there will be new trends, new IT designers and new must-have colors. And by next season, it will all be out of fashion. So while we can’t predict what the latest fashion trend will be, we can guarantee that no matter the season, clean skin will always be in vogue!
It’s no secret we believe that following a consistent skin care regimen is crucial to achieving healthy skin. Well, cleansing your skin is the most important step in your skin care regimen. Not only does it clear your skin of dirt, oil and other impurities, cleansing unclogs pores and prepares your skin for the rest of your skin care products.
Think of your cleanser like a great pair of jeans in your wardrobe. You rely on your jeans as a go-to and build the rest of your outfit around it. Your cleanser is your base to build the rest of your regimen around. Like a great pair of jeans, cleansers are not one size fits all. Not many women would throw on just any jeans – you look for the ones that fit your body type and suit your style.
Yet, many people don’t give any thought to what they are cleansing their face with. Choose the wrong cleanser and you may end up using more products in the rest of your regimen to compensate.
Choosing the right cleanser for your skin type:
The goal of cleansing your skin is to remove the dirt and excess oil without over stripping the skin of its natural moisture. So choose the most gentle cleanser for your skin type to avoid over washing your face. Washing to the point where skin feels squeaky clean or tight and dried out can exacerbate wrinkles, oil or acne. You may need to try a few cleansers before you find the one that is best for you.
Dry/ sensitive skin
The safest cleansers for dry or sensitive skin are cream or oil-based cleansers. Also referred to as a milky cleanser, cream cleansers look like a milky, thin lotion and don’t foam and bubble up. Since they do not have surfactants (the ingredients that make cleansers bubble) like foaming cleansers, they are more suitable for dry skin. To use: apply the lotion to damp skin. Use balls of fingers to massage in circular motion and rinse with warm water. If a cream cleanser isn’t removing all of your make-up, you may need to use a make-up remover (wipe, micellar water, mineral oil) before cleansing. Or try a cleansing oil or balm.
Cleansing oils are just oil. It might seem counter intuitive, but oils are great at removing dirt, oil and even make-up and sunscreen. They tend to have more natural ingredients then other cleansers and gently remove dirt and oil without stripping the skin of moisture. Cleansing oils are good for all skin types including dry and sensitive. To use: put a few drops in your palms and then apply to damp skin. Use the balls of your fingers to massage in a gentle circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water or use a damp cloth.
Cleansing balms are oil-based cleansers that start as a solid. To use a cleansing balm, scoop a small amount of balm into your hands and rub them together. This activates the balm so it becomes an oil. Then cleanse as if you are using an oil with gentle circular motions and rinse with water when done or use a damp cloth to remove.
Those with dry and sensitive skin types should avoid foaming cleansers. The harsh surfactants can be drying and irritating to the skin.
Normal and Combination Skin
Those with normal and combination skin can use almost any cleanser including those for dry skin or a gel or foaming cleanser. Gel and Foaming cleansers use a surfactant that produces bubbles when vigorously rubbed between the hands with a bit of water. Foaming cleansers can be drying. The longer the cleanser is on your skin, the more oil it takes with it. So do not leave the cleanser on normal skin or less oily parts of combination skin for very long. To use: Just lather the cleanser and massage it around on damp skin. Rinse with warm water.
If you have very oily skin, it may be tempting to reach for a harsh soap, or to scrub your face extra hard to remove oil. A gentle foaming cleanser or a cleansing oil made for oily skin will serve you better in the long run. Harsh soaps, like bar soap from the shower can strip away too much of the skin’s natural moisture which will cause your body to produce more oil in response.
Tips beyond choosing the right cleanser:
To keep balance in your skin, avoid washing too often, scrubbing your face too harshly and hot water. Cleansing twice a day, once in morning and once in evening should be enough. It is best to use clean hands to wash your face so you can control the pressure used. If you must use a wash cloth, use a clean one every time. Otherwise you risk transferring dirt and bacteria back to your face.
To get healthy skin before this season’s trends become out of fashion, give a fresh look to the cleanser you are using as part of your daily regimen. Making a change to one that is better suited for your skin could make a huge difference in how your skin looks and feels. For more personalized tips on how to get healthy skin visit getOKU.com!