My daughter has been struggling as of late with her skin. Not usually prone to breaking out and with really good skincare at her finger tips, we sat down to discuss what may be going on.
I thought it may be due to her spring sports or hormones, maybe a combination of both but when I asked her if she had been washing her face every morning and evening, she paused, broke eye contact and revealed that sometimes she did but always used a makeup wipe- that was good enough, right? Ummm, no.
So let’s talk about why properly cleansing your skin is step #1 for clear, healthy skin.
Even if you don't wear make up, every day our skin is exposed to pollutants, dirt and bacteria. Properly cleansing your face not only rids your skin of these external factors but also of excess sebum and dead skin cells. Cleansing prepares your skin to receive all the benefits of the other products used in your skin care regimen, allowing those products to fully absorb for maximum effectiveness.
If you wear make up, sunscreen or anything waterproof, I would recommend double cleansing. Using an oil cleanser or micellar water first and then following up with the correct cleanser for your skin type.
The first cleanse breaks down make up and sunscreen, the second step removes what's left along with dirt, excess sebum and dead skin cells. Not following up with a proper cleanse after make up removal leaves product residue on your skin along with anything else that did not come off the first time. This can and will eventually lead to clogged pores which in turn leads to break outs. This is where my dear daughter went wrong. Yes, she was wiping the make up off, but she left the residue from the cleansing wipe on her face along with all the left over make up and dirt.
So here’s the deal, find a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. If your skin tends to be oily, a gentle foaming cleanser like our Illuminating Facial Cleanser would be great twice a day. I love this cleanser because it's gentle and low foaming but effectively cleanses the skin. Remember, its important not to strip the skin of all its naturally occurring sebum. Squeaky clean is never good.
Just like much of life, we get out what we put in. A few extra minutes spent with your daily skin care routine can really make a difference in the overall health of your skin (even if you choose to use a makeup wipe- no judgment here).
What are some of your clear skin tips? I'd love to hear from you!
Renee Wood, Orenda Skin Care