Skin Care 101: Cleansing & Why You’re Doing it Wrong
We hate to break it to you, but a single luxury brand serum promising serious glow isn’t enough to give you “glass skin”. Achieving a clear, luminous complexion is a process -- not the result of one holy grail product.
The first step in that process is cleansing the skin, and it’s the most important way to maximize the power of every other product in your skin care routine. Here’s what you need to know to get it right.
Skin Cleansing Don’ts
1. Makeup Wipes
We know -- they’re so convenient! And TSA-friendly! But all the harsh tugging required to get that last bit of mascara off your lashes is enough to cause fine lines and wrinkles over time. Makeup wipes also can’t deep clean the skin, leaving behind a film of acne-causing bacteria that prevents other products from absorbing.
2. Harsh Cleansers
Harsh cleansers containing alcohol, sulfates, and detergents strip the skin of its natural oils, causing premature aging and breakouts. While too much sebum, the oil that our skin naturally produces, can clog pores and cause blemishes, just the right amount will act as a barrier to all the toxins, pollutants, and bacteria that assaults our faces on a daily basis.
Skin Cleansing Dos
1. 2-Step Cleansing
Seriously -- the extra step is key to making your entire skin care arsenal worth the money. Start with a gentle cleansing oil to remove makeup, and follow it up with a gentle hydrating and exfoliating cleanser that removes impurities without stripping the skin. Without properly removing dead skin cells and buildup, your skin somehow becomes both greasy and dehydrated. Ick.
2. Follow Up with Toner
Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates the value of a good toner--but they
should. Toner re-establishes your skin’s natural PH balance and protects it from irritation, redness, and inflammation. It’s an essential step that allows active ingredients in high quality serums, ampoules, or masks to sink deep into the epidermis and work their magic. Once you’ve nailed the art of proper skin cleansing, your skin will be on its way to glowing perfection.
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