Regular and proper skin cleansing is one of the most common yet often overlooked advice we get from skin care experts. And there are good reasons why one must make it a habit. The following are some of the benefits of doing regular skin cleansing:
Everyday the skin is exposed to bacteria, virus, dirt, oil, and other pollutants. Regular skin cleansing helps get rid of these skin-damaging elements, keeping your skin clean and fresh-looking.
Skin cleansing doesn’t just pertain to washing the face; it also means keeping the skin hydrated through the use of a good moisturizer. Keeping the skin hydrated is very important especially that as you age, you begin to lose your collagen and your level of estrogen starts to drop. Both collagen and estrogen plays an important role in keeping your skin supple and well-hydrated.
Beneath the skin are tiny glands that produce oil called sebum. The oil reaches the outer layer of the skin through the hair follicles found within the skin. Dirt and other pollutants can build up on this outer layer, trapping the sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. This eventually leads to inflammation and the development of acne.
Proper and regular washing of the skin prevents this buildup. Hence, making skin cleansing a habit can help keep your skin free from blemishes.
Keeps the skin young-looking
Research shows that certain physiologic changes happen on your skin overnight and it needs oxygen to repair itself. It could not do the necessary repair if it’s clogged with dirt, bacteria, and even with your makeup. Through regular skin cleansing, you can get rid of these pollutants and other harmful elements that keep your skin from repairing itself. Anti-aging and hydrating creams are also better absorbed when the skin is clean.
Prevents larger pores
Using a good skin cleanser can help emulsify the dirt, dead skin cells, excess sebum, and other pollutants sitting on your skin. When these elements are not removed, they can seep down on your skin and clog your pores. This can be a problem as you age as your pores will no longer snap back as easily as before.
The Right Way to Cleanse Your Skin
Doing regular skin cleansing is not enough. It’s also equally important to do it right. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean your skin:
- Pick the right skincare products
A good skincare regimen begins in choosing the right skincare products for your skin type. So before anything else, know your skin type and choose products that suit it well.
- Use warm water
Warm water has the right temperature to get rid of the dirt without over drying your skin. You can use cream or gel cleanser to emulsify the dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells on your face. You may also use makeup remover if you’re wearing makeup. Once you’re done, pat and do not rub your face with a towel. Rubbing the skin with a towel can irritate it and cause wrinkles.
- Address problem areas with a toner
Get a cotton ball, put some toner, and swipe it around your face especially on your problem areas. If you have oily skin, swiping the toner on your T-zone helps in getting rid of excess oil.
- Don’t forget the serum
Applying a pump or two of serum all over your face is enough to keep it fresh and young-looking. Serums can do more than hydration; it can also address other skin issues like redness and skin aging.
You may use your serum together with a moisturizer. You can opt for one with SPF in the morning and a heavier cream at night.
- Apply some eye cream
The skin surrounding your eyes is the thinnest. It’s also where the signs of aging start to appear. So, don’t forget to dab a pea-sized of eye cream under your eyes. If you’re applying makeup, wait for a few seconds for the cream to be absorbed before putting on your makeup.
It’s possible to keep a young-looking and blemish-free skin. We just need to develop some good habits like eating right, sleeping well, and having a regular routine of proper skin cleansing like the one outlined above. Try it starting today and notice the difference it makes on your skin.