The skin is the outermost layer and biggest organ of the body. It serves a variety of purposes specifically protecting and covering internal organs and systems from the external environment.
Since it is exposed to different elements, an effective cleansing skin care regimen is important to keep skin looking good, vibrant and healthy. Here are some of the tried and proven techniques for staying blemish free.
The Proper Method
First, remove makeup since it contains oils that tend to repel water. Skin cleansing becomes more effective if your face is thoroughly wet. Cleansers will work into a good lather by removing oil via cotton balls and baby oil or warm water. Only use lukewarm water when washing your face. Temperature that is either too hot or cold can aggravate pimples, dry up skin and break capillaries leading to blushing and blemishes. Cleansers also work better with lukewarm water.
People, especially those with hypersensitive skin should choose gentle anti-acne cleanser that is both mild and hypoallergenic. Individuals with oily skin may want to choose slightly stronger cleansers that suit their skin type. Make sure you read the label carefully and only select the one using natural ingredients that do not aggravate symptoms and irritate skin. Ask your dermatologist to help you identify and describe certain written ingredients for cleansing skin care.
Put a small amount of cleanser on your clean wet palms then lather. Apply it on your face then check how concentrated it is by feeling for signs of moisture or dehydration. If you feel that the solution is too concentrated, simply dilute by adding water on your face. Some cleansers have microbeads that contain antibacterial elements. These already act like scrubs so you don’t have to rub hard. Instead, improve blood circulation to areas by foaming in gentle circular strokes. Once done, rinse entire face with water then pat dry.
The Best Cleanser
Price should not be your sole basis when choosing the best skin cleansing product. There are cleansers that particularly cater to the different skin types. Skin types are generally categorised according to how much or how little oil your skin produces. Factors can affect production such as diet, stress and medications so it is important to know the right amount of oil that should be on your face. Too much will lead to pimples and blackheads. Too little can lead to flaking and breakouts.
Ideally, soap-free and oil-free cleansers will prevent untoward reactions that other products with chemicals and surfactants can cause. Pore-refining cleansers are useful for oily skin. These usually contain salicylic acid that fights bacteria and infection. Moisturisers work well together with cleansers especially during very cold months. Providing added moisture will create a barrier that prevents chapping.
More Skin Cleansing Tips
Never use bar soaps to cleanse your skin. Experts advise that soaps should only come in contact with skin from the neck down. A lot of cleansing skin care products contain oil that dissolves oil on the face, surfactants that dissolve dirt and makeup as well as water which washes everything away. All these will provide the right mix of oil on the face to treat symptoms and prevent too much oil or dryness.
It is not recommended to cleanse too frequently. Once after waking up in the morning or before going to bed at night is sufficient. Individuals with oily skin can wash 2 times a day. Exfoliating once a week can significantly improve your skin condition by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that causes dull complexion.