Facial cleansing: What are the right steps?

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The process for cleansing the face is simple: soak, apply, clean, you’re done! Follow the right steps and your facial skin will thank you!

Why is facial cleansing necessary?

Environmental pollutants, microparticles, dead cells, oiliness and sebum create a suffocating environment that prevents your skin from performing its normal processes. Facial cleansing removes them and helps the skin to breathe.

Facial cleansing should start from the décolleté, neck and, finally, the face, but without exaggeration. So do not cleanse your face more than twice a day as it can cause irritation or lead to sebum overproduction if your skin is oily.

Follow the correct steps recommended by dermatologists in facial cleansing to benefit your skin with the ingredients contained in the products and to have radiant, youthful and clear skin. It is no coincidence that experts emphasize that facial cleansing is the most important care move and the best anti-aging secret.

Step 1: Choose the right cleanser for your skin

Cleaning products are designed to remove bacteria, dirt, makeup. But they must be friendly to the skin and not damage the hydrolipid film. Thus, they combine in their composition detergents, vegetable oils, moisturizing and soothing elements, removing make up, dirt, dead cells and sebum that accumulate on the surface of the skin without removing its natural oils. Therefore, do not choose “aggressive” products that irritate the skin and create a feeling of tightness. Pay attention to your skin type:

  • If you have oily skin with a tendency to acne, a cleanser in gel form with the indication oil free is ideal. It is good that they contain non-edible compositions. Also do not be afraid of cleansing oils: they do not clog pores and balance oily skin.
  • If you have sensitive skin a micellar water, micellar water, is very gentle for this skin type.
  • If your skin is dry, choose a face cleanser with a creamy texture, enriched with moisturizing agents such as glycerin, ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

Step 2: Cleanse your skin

Use lukewarm water instead of cold or hot, as they can dehydrate your skin. Do not believe the myth that hot water opens the pores and cold closes them. Lukewarm water is the most effective in removing impurities from the skin.

If you choose a cleansing foam or gel for deep cleansing of the face, wet your face, neck and décolleté with lukewarm water and apply a little cleanser to the area. The amount should be as small as a hazelnut in the palm of your hand.

In addition, if you have chosen a cleansing oil, apply it on dry skin and apply it with a gentle massage, like a moisturizer, to break down the greasy components of makeup and sebum. Then clean the skin from the oil with a soft towel soaked in lukewarm water.

Finally, if your cleanser is cleansing water, soak the make-up remover discs with the product and clean the face and eyes with gentle, circular movements, without rubbing violently or scratching it. Repeat as many times as needed until the discs are clean. Do not rinse your face with water but proceed to the next step, that of toning and hydration.

Step 3: Take 1 minute

Most formulations work best if you help. Gently massage your face with the cleanser for about a minute, in circular upward motions. Spend more time in the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), the perimeter of the face and the hairline.

Step 4: Dry with a tampon

Rinse the cleaner with plenty of lukewarm to cool water until you are sure there are no product residues. Dry with a towel with tampon movements, without rubbing your skin. Rubbing reduces the elasticity of the skin and minor irritations lead to freckles in the long run.

Step 5: Apply toning lotion and moisturizer

After cleansing the skin should be smooth, soft, radiant and hydrated. This means that you have not disturbed its hydrolipid mantle and so it is ready to accept the beneficial ingredients of the products.

While your skin is still fresh, apply your favorite toning lotion with a make-up remover or special facial sponges (they look like make-up sponges). Then proceed to moisturize the face and lock in moisture with a moisturizing day cream, if you clean your face in the morning, or at night, if you clean it at night.

With the right cleansing the skin of your face will thank you!

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