What’s the secret weapon for achieving glowing skin in just minutes? Hint: It’s something I tell you time and time again on what you must do during your daily beauty regimen.
Cleansing your skin is just a fancy phrase for “washing your face.” It’s something that everyone needs to do no matter what. Cleansing is the first and arguably the most important skin care step in both your daytime and nighttime regimens. Cleansers are instrumental in removing the dirt, oils and impurities from the surface of your skin. And ladies, they’re great for removing makeup at the end of the day. Everyone must wash their face first thing in the morning and at the end of the day before bedtime, if they want to achieve youthful-looking, glowing skin.
Both men and women will benefit considerably from proper facial cleansing. Even if your face looks clean, chances are it’s not. There are things I like to call “invisible impurities” that land on your skin and can cause a lot of unnecessary damage if not properly removed. Pollution, smoke, hair spray and perfumes all have the potential to end up on your skin, and must be removed to ensure your skin maintains its healthy glow. There’s nothing worse than dull, drab-looking skin—especially when we can fix it with a quick cleansing in just a minute or two.
It’s important to remember that bar soaps are generally formulated for the body, because they contain stronger detergents and deodorants than your average facial cleanser. That bar soap has a lot of territory to cover and needs the extra potency to cleanse and deodorize. Think about where that bar soap goes and then think about it touching your face. (I knew that would get you!) Please keep the bar soap for the body, and choose a cleanser that is properly formulated for the delicate facial skin.
Choosing the right cleanser for your skin is very important. If you suffer from dry skin, you want to look for a hydrating cleanser that’s sulfate free. Look for ingredients such as Aloe vera that will provide wonderful hydrating properties. How do you know if your skin is dry? Look in the mirror. You may notice some dry, flaky patches, or that your skin will be sensitive to temperature extremes, and dare I say it—any fine lines you may have will be more noticeable. The good thing about having dry skin is you usually have fewer blemishes and breakouts. The not so good news is that people with dry skin tend to look a bit older than they really are.
If your skin is on the oily side, you’ll notice excess oil build-up in the T-zone area. The T-zone includes the forehead, nose, chin and inner cheeks. This is where we have the most oil glands on our face, so the excess oil will be most noticeable in these areas. People who have oily skin tend to be more prone to blemishes and breakouts. The good news is that those with oily skin tend to look a bit younger, because fine lines are much less noticeable.
Once you’ve selected the proper cleanser for your skin type, follow these simple steps to achieve glowing skin:
That’s it. Follow these simple cleansing tips every morning and every evening and your skin will look clean and refreshed. If you aren’t too great at following your evening skin care routine, I will cut you a tiny bit of slack. I have, on occasion, been simply too exhausted to follow my own advice. However, I must say for the women out there, it is imperative to remove that makeup from your skin before you go to sleep. If it means keeping cleansing cloths on your nightstand, then by all means do that. It’s not ideal but it’s better than doing nothing.
By removing all of the surface dirt, oils and makeup from your face, your other skin care products such as toner, serum and moisturizers will be able to penetrate more effectively into your skin—so you get the maximum benefits from your skin care regimen. Look for cleansers with fresh, natural scents, cleansing jojoba beads and Aloe Vera for a wonderful cleansing experience.
Because skin types change on a regular basis, it’s always good to have a few cleansers on hand. Give yourself a quick look in the mirror before jumping into the shower so you know exactly what cleanser you should use. Let’s face it, some days we wake up oily and some days we wake up with dehydrated skin, so let’s be prepared for anything by keeping cleansers for both skin types on hand at all times.