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When it comes to skincare products, it seems the cleanser doesn’t get much love. While we are all busy investing in the newest serums, masks, and anti-wrinkle formulas, cleansers seem to have fallen by the wayside. We search ingredient labels for buzzwords like retinol and glycolic acid but, do we even know what’s in our cleansers? If you think that cleansers don’t aid in skin repair, think again. New York city facialist Georgia Louise says, “Our skin can’t function properly at night- repair and regenerate itself- if it’s swimming in toxic chemicals.” Here are some of the best types of face washes to include in your morning routine:
If you have sensitive skin, New York City based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, suggests that you, “Look for products formulated with gentle ingredients like oatmeal of chamomile. These are both natural anti-inflammatories and will lessen redness and itching associated with the colder months. Engelman also advises avoiding products with fragrance and additives that can make the irritation worse.
Those with dryer skin should look for products with a cream texture, like an oil or balm. Engelman says, “With patients who are on the drier side, it’s especially important to properly cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils. She also advises watching the water temperature when washing. Lukewarm water will result in the best hydration.
If your cleansing goals are simply to remove makeup and dirt before bed, a simple cleanse should do the trick. Engelman recommends a basic milk based wash or foam used for 20 to 40 seconds for those with normal skin, although heavy duty foundation or mascara might require a double cleanse. If so, a cleansing oil followed with a gel formula should get the tough stuff off.
Those with oily skin will do best with oil absorbing formulas with a clay or mud base. Engelman says, “They naturally draw out impurities and have antimicrobial properties. She suggests a lytic gel cleanser with alpha hydroxy acid for exfoliation, and adds that the time is right for the sloughing of dead skin, as transitional weather, “makes skin retain extra dead cells on the surface.”
The Double Cleanse
While in ancient Japan, double cleansing was the only way to get the white paint like makeup off the women’s faces, many still swear by the value of multiple cleansing. If you’re looking to incorporate a double cleanse into your routine, here is a good way to do it:
- Apply an oil based formula to dry skin using circular motions over the face and eyes for about one minute. Remove with warm cloth.
- Smooth a water based cleanser best suited to your complexion. Normal or oily skin types should use a gel or foam, while dry and sensitive types should use a milky emulsion. Work into skin and rinse or wipe away.
Do you double cleanse? Triple cleanse? Not cleanse at all? Let us know! We love to get your input!