Your skincare routine is only as effective as your facial cleansing technique. Without proper cleansing, your skin cannot absorb the goodness of your toners, serums, and moisturizers. If you're struggling with dull, acne-prone, or dehydrated skin, your cleansing technique might be the missing link. In this blog post, we will unlock all the secrets of facial cleansing: from different types of cleansers to the importance of double cleansing, common mistakes, and missed spots. We will also share some science-based tips and product spotlights to help you build your best cleansing routine.
Types of Cleansers:
Before diving into the cleansing techniques, let's first discuss the different types of cleansers available in the market. The most popular types of cleansers include foaming cleansers, cream cleansers, oil cleansers, and micellar waters. Foaming cleansers work best for oily and acne-prone skin, as they remove excess oil and impurities. Cream cleansers are ideal for dry and sensitive skin, as they provide hydration while removing impurities. Oil cleansers work for all skin types, especially for those who wear makeup or sunscreen, as they dissolve dirt and oil. Micellar waters are a great option for quick and gentle cleansing when you don't have access to water. Choose a cleanser based on your skin type and cleansing needs.
Double cleansing is the technique of using two different cleansers, one after the other, to ensure thorough cleansing. At night, it's essential to double cleanse to remove makeup, sunscreen, and excess oil produced during the day. You don't have to use two separate cleansers, and we love Simply Clean or Hydrating Cleanser for double cleansing or even triple cleansing without the drama. If you enjoy a two step cleanse or use waterproof makeup, start with an oil-based cleanser, such as the Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil by ONE LOVE ORGANICS, to melt away makeup and sunscreen. Follow it up with a water-based cleanser, such as the Cleansing Complex by iS Clinical or the Simply Clean by SkinCeuticals, to remove any remaining impurities. Double cleansing can also be beneficial in the morning if you've used retinoids the previous night, as these can increase sun sensitivity, or if you have oily or acne prone skin or just like a fresh start!
Common Mistakes and Missed Spots:
When it comes to facial cleansing, there are some common mistakes that many people make, such as not washing their face in the morning, washing their face too harshly, or using the wrong cleanser. Another mistake is missing certain spots while cleansing, such as the hairline, jawline, under the chin, creases around the nostrils or chin, lashes and brows, ears and behind the ears. These areas can accumulate dirt, oil, and sweat, leading to breakouts and irritation. Use your fingers and give it a good 60 seconds, or you can use a silicone sonic brush like Zoe by Qyksonic.
Cleansing in the Shower:
Many people prefer to cleanse their face in the sink, but did you know that cleansing in the shower is a better option? This is because life isn't a Neutragena commercial and you either have to choose to flood your sink and soak your clothes, or skimp on the rinse. We have found that our clients have better outcomes by just hopping in the shower and going for it. Just be sure to use warm water, as hot water can accelerate water loss which leads to dryness and sensitivity. Try using an exfoliating cleanser, such as the Exfoliating Cleanser by ZO Skin Health, while showering to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture if you tend to see a lot of buildup in your pores and tend to have thicker and oilier skin.
Cleansing Before and After Working Out:
For acne-prone individuals, cleansing before and after working out is a crucial step. Sweat, oil, and bacteria can accumulate on your skin during a workout, leading to breakouts and irritation. Before working out, use a gentle cleanser to remove any makeup or impurities on your skin. After working out, cleanse your face again to remove sweat and oil. Is washing 3 times a day bad? Not necessarily! When in doubt, ask your esthetician.
These babies are typically used for acne or exfoliation. For inflamed breakouts, use Benzoyl 2.5% Cleanser by Jan Marini for about 60 seconds in the shower in the morning, but be sure to please it off well as it can bleach clothes. Our other popular acne treatment cleanser is actually not a cleanser at all: Complexion Clearing Masque by ZO. This works by dissolving bumps and smoothing out imperfections without abrasive scrubs. Cleanse in the shower, apply the mask as a cleanser and leave on for a minute our 2 and then rinse and squeegee skin with fingers to rub the dead skin off, then cleanse again. This routine can be drying, so make sure your moisturizer game is on point with Dermal Repair Cream.
Facial cleansing is the foundation of any skincare routine and should be done right to achieve healthy and glowing skin. By choosing the right type of cleanser and using proper techniques, such as double cleansing, cleansing in the shower, and cleansing before and after working out, you can achieve a clear and radiant complexion. Don't forget to avoid common mistakes and missed spots and incorporate exfoliating cleansers for best results. Now that you know the secrets of facial cleansing, it's time to choose the right products for you.
Here are some of our favs:
With these tips and recommendations, you're on your way to achieving your best skin yet.