Are you washing your face correctly?
Cleaning is such a basic task, many of us do not give much thought about it. Turns out that there’s a lot more to washing your face than just soap and water.
Scroll down to find out what you could be doing wrong and how you should actually be washing your face:
Myth or Truth - Cleanse and go
Its depends, on whether you’re wearing any makeup (i.e. foundation, concealer, eyeliner, mascara, etc). If yes, you should definitely remove your makeup before you wash your face. Many cleansers cannot remove makeup completely, especially if it’s waterproof makeup. Therefore you should always double cleanse when wearing makeup. Start with an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe cleansing oil or other makeup removers to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Then only proceed with cleansing your face as usual.
Myth or Truth - Cleanse your face twice a day
Generally cleansing twice a day is a good rule as over-cleansing can cause irritation and loss of moisture. However if you have very dry or sensitive skin, you might to consider cleansing once daily in the evening. Do remember however to wash your face after workout to prevent breakouts.
Myth or Truth - Choose your cleanser according to skin type
It’s more personal preference than anything. If you have dry skin, you might prefer cream type cleansers, on the other hand if you have oily skin, then you might prefer a foaming wash. However whatever your skin type, you should avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients (i.e. soap, parabens, synthetic fragrance, SLS, SLES, sulphates, etc).
If you’d like to find out more about how to choose your facial cleanser, please visit HERE (tips on choosing your facial cleanse).
Myth or Truth - Use toner
To be honest, you don’t really need this step if you have the right cleanser. Toners are supposed to calm your skin and rebalance its pH levels (which would not be necessary if your cleanser does not upset your skin’s natural balance). That said if you like the after feel of applying toner, do go for gentle, alcohol free ones. As an alcohol based one might leave your skin feeling tighter for a while, however it actually strips off your skin’s natural oils.
Myth or Truth - Minimise your pores
Truth is your pores don’t open and close. So splashing your face with cold water to “close” your pores wouldn’t work. This might actually cause your more harm than good, as extreme hot and cold can worsen skin conditions such as rosacea and redness. However, mild steam from the shower could help soften the (hardened) oils in your pores. So it might be a good idea to cleanse your face in the shower.
Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis so it can remain blemish-free, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you’ll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective.
But not all cleansers are the same. First, a facial cleanser should always be soap-free; the soap products you use on the rest of your body are typically too harsh for the face. And, as with most skin-care products, you need to pick one that suits your skin type.
Using mild surfactants (cleansing agents) derived from corn, sugar and coconut oil; Medik8 cleansers do not contain SLES (or similar harsh sulphate detergents) or Paraben preservatives, ensuring a very gentle action yet remarkably deep clean with effective make-up removal.