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Skin Cleansing 101: Why Washing Your Face is a Must

Having clear, glowing skin is something that many young women aspire for. Unfortunately, after going through puberty, a good number of us suffer from several skin problems such as acne, dry skin, and wrinkles. If you want to avoid, or at least minimize, these issues, you have to understand the importance of washing your face at least twice a day.

Benefits of washing your face

Washing your face at least twice a day is essential to keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and looking young. According to a study conducted by Tejesh Patel, Yozo Ishiuji and Gil Yosipovitch, transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is heightened during sleep which leads to you having dry and dull skin in the morning. To avoid dehydrated skin, it’s vital to clean and moisturize every night.

The benefits of keeping a clean face before you sleep is also supported by this quote from an article from FutureDerm:

“Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself. And sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient. “When makeup is left on, it blocks the natural exfoliating process, which can leave your skin looking dull”, says Dr. Robins Ashinoff, Director of Cosmetic Dermatology at Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey.”

Daily facial washing can also help you avoid acne-causing bacteria. Research shows that using a daily cleanser formulated for normal to oily skin helps with deep pore cleansing which in turn helps manage acne-related symptoms.

Tips for better cleansing

Cleansing your face is not just about using soap and water. To ensure that your skin gets the most benefits, you have to choose the right facial cleanser. It’s also better to use lukewarm water when washing your face. Warm water opens up your pores which allows your cleanser to clean out dirt and impurities more effectively.

After washing your face, pat your face dry with a clean towel. You don’t want to undo your cleanser’s hard work by using a dirty towel. Use a different towel for your face and body, and make sure that you change towels often. Also, don’t forget to use a moisturizer after to keep your skin from getting dehydrated.

As a last piece of advice, limit your face washing to twice a day or after sweating. Too much cleansing will do your face more harm than good.

How to choose the right facial cleanser

Before buying a facial cleanser, make sure to figure out your skin type first. The most common skin types are dry, normal, oily, and combination (oily T-zone and dry cheeks). There are also special cleansers formulated for acne-prone or sensitive skin. If you want to be absolutely sure about your skin type, consult your dermatologist.

Whether a cleanser is a cream, liquid, foam, gel, or oil will also matter. Heavier cleansers are much better at cleaning makeup while lighter ones with less alcohol content are more suited to sensitive skin and some light cleansing in the morning.

If you wear a lot of makeup, you might want to look into double cleansing too. A makeup remover and facial cleanser combo or oil cleansing followed by foam cleansing can handle this easily.

This article on Elle.com showcases the 12 best facial cleansers in the market today as selected by Elle’s editors. Happy cleansing!


Gladdys Garcia

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