When you wash…
Don’t use cold water to wash as it won’t remove dirt effectively. Equally, don’t use water that is too hot as it can be damaging to skin and may cause dehydration and irritation.
Do use a microfibre cloth such as a muslin which will help lift dirt and debris with its mild exfoliation effect. You need to remove all dirt, but you also need to remove all traces of your cleanser too so other products can penetrate the skin more effectively.
Do massage your cleanser into the skin to help it lift the daily grime more effectively. Spend a minute cleaning your skin and the same amount of time rinsing it. The massage motion will help stimulate the skin in readiness for a serum or your favourite moisturiser. Pat skin dry – don’t rub as abrasive rubbing can irritate.
There’s always a debate around whether you should double cleanse. Generally skin specialists would say if your skin is dry or sensitive then don’t over cleanse as this can just irritate skin more. For anyone who likes a squeaky-clean feeling, works in a polluted environment, or simply wears lots of make-up, then double cleansing might help improve your complexion. Follow your cleansing balm or foaming cleanser with a gentle gel cleanser or micellar water, but if your skin feels at all tight then that might indicate you are stripping it of its natural oils which help keep it healthy, so take a step back, or swap your cleanser for something less harsh.
Many of us also prefer to cleanse just at night, maybe using a toner only in the morning to wake up skin. If you do like to cleanse skin to jump-start your day then be careful not to use active acids which can effect the skin’s natural barrier. Instead opt for something more hydrating to better set your skin up for the day and help fight those nasty free radicals you’ll face.