Washing the face is the first and most important step in skincare, it’s no gainsaying that without a properly cleansed skin, subsequent application of even the most potent and active products will make little or no difference at all. Little wonder that Skin cleansers are so popular and one of the most common skincare product in shops and markets.
To maintain a healthy, beautiful complexion, proper skin cleansing practices should be practiced using the most appropriate cleanser for your skin type.
In this post, we are going to answer common questions regarding to best practices regarding “Face Cleansing”.
When should I wash my face?
Wash your face when waking, before bed and after sweating. These are the three most important times to wash your face, according to the AAD (American Association Of Dermatologist). It’s important to remove the dirt and bacteria that settle on the face while sleeping, and it’s equally as important to wash before bedtime to remove makeup and grime, such as sweat, smog, smoke or dirt, which may have landed on your skin during the day.
How best to wash the face
Gently wash your face. It may seem like a simple step, but educating clients on how to gently clean the skin is an important tool in keeping the skin looking its best.
First, wet the skin with lukewarm water. Then apply a mild cleanser in a circular motion with your fingertips. Finish by completely rinsing off the cleanser and gently patting the face dry with a clean towel.
There is a popular “2 sec rule” in face cleansing which suggest that the face should be massaged in gentle circular motions for about 2 secs before rinsing off for effective dislodge of dirt and grease.
Do I need to double Cleanse?
Double cleansing is the practice of cleansing the face in two separate steps and is mostly used when you have make -up or sunscreen on for a more thorough cleanse.
Double cleansing could either be first, with an oil based cleanser and then a surfactant/ foamy one, or a 2 step cleansing with a creamy cleanser.
It’s advisable to double cleanse especially if you are wearing make up or suncreen, and it’s generally ok to double cleanse while washing the face at night.
Do I need a separate Face wash from the rest of my body?
Personally, I would advise a separate face wash specifically for washing the face, different from the body, because the skin on the face is more delicate than the skin on the body and needs to be treated as such.
Cleansers made specifically for the face should be efficient enough to remove greasy , heavy, occlusive and oil based make up from the skin, while being gentle at the same time to avoid irritating the skin.
For instance, while bar soaps could work for the skin on the body, such products could cause dryness and irritation when used on the face, due to excessively high PH level of these soaps.
Cleansing needs for the face most times differ from the rest of the body, because of the make up and other things that get applied to skin on the face that are not necessarily applied on the skin on the body.
For this reason, its important to choose a cleanser specifically for the face different from the body.
Types of Cleansers
There are different types of cleanser available for different skin types and serve different purposes. It is therefore really important to understand your unique skincare needs , so you ca. make the right decision when it comes to selecting your cleansers.
Oil and oil based cleansers
Many women have turned to oil cleansing as a way to gently remove makeup, soothe sensitive skin, and tame unrelenting breakouts.
Using oils instead of traditional soap or detergent cleansers can also help protect the natural lipid layer of the skin and the good bacteria that live there.
For the most part oil cleansing is done with pure oils and a washcloth dampened with warm water.
The basic idea behind slathering your face in oils in the name of cleaning is that “like dissolves like.” In other words, putting clean, nourishing oils on your skin is intended to:
- lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands on your skin
- clean out clogged pores like blackheads and whiteheads
- remove dead skin, pollutants, and makeup
Oil Cleansers are well suited for removing makeup and waterproof formulas off the skin and lashes.
As the name suggests, a foaming cleanser is basically a skin cleanser that foams up. To ensure the best lather, use lots of water. It works by removing the excess and unnecessary oil from the skin’s surface, preventing the formation of acne in the process.
Foaming cleansers effectively removes makeup and clears up dirt from your pores. They dissolve skin impurities and prevents clogged pores for a radiant look and feel, due to the presence of surfactants in the formulation.
While foaming cleansers are formulated to lather up, cream cleansers exclude those soapy suds (surfactants)during skin cleansing. Cream cleansers usually contain emulsifiers and natural oils to effectively lock moisture in, while eliminating impurities and preventing skin inflammation in the process.
With this skincare product, you can directly apply the cream to your skin, and wipe it off after with a damp cloth or simply rinse off too.
Cream cleansers are ideal for sensitive, ageing, and dry skin. Look for an anti-ageing cream cleanser that’s light and gentle on the skin yet satisfactorily removes makeup and dirt without that awful tight feeling.
Which cleanser is best for my skin type?
Oil cleansers are best for people with dry skin types
Foamy cleansers are best for oily/ acne prone skin and great for teenagers too
Cream cleansers are best for dry, mature and aging skin.
BSN face cleanser is a bridge between and cream and foamy cleanser, as well as a clay cleanser. This is because it contains other cleansing agents besides surfactants like clay as well as other natural emulsifiers and tannins that can help to remove dirt and grease from the skin.
It also contains nourishing extracts that is deposited on the skin after washing, as well as a balanced PH to ensure a well moisturised and nourished skin after very wash.
Maintaining the health and keeping the skin in a healthy condition.
It’s a great cleanser for all skin types especially dry, mature, sensitive, normal and ageing skin types.