6 Simple, But Often Ignored, Skin Cleansing Tips

I know what you’re about to say. Cleansing skin is such a simple step that you don’t need any tips to do it right. Right? Wrong. There is more to cleansing than you think. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right one for your skin and make the most out of it:

1. Choose a cleanser suitable for your skin type

Not all cleansers are created equal and using the wrong type for your skin may damage it. If you have dry skin, opt for a creamy cleanser that is gentler and more moisturizing. Gel cleansers instead work better for those with oily skin. Whatever your skin type, avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and bar soaps, as they tend to be drying.

2. Keep it simple

A lot of cleansers these days are formulated with antioxidants, exfoliants and other extra ingredients, promising to cleanse your skin while also helping to keep it young-looking, healthy, clear, moisturized… While all this sounds tempting, these extra ingredients are useless. When used in cleansers, they don’t stay on the skin long enough to do their job properly and will just end up down the drain. Together with your money. Just stick to a basic cleanser and invest in a moisturizer or serum with antioxidants and other extra goodies.

3. Don’t let bacteria in your cleanser

Although most cleansers have a good preservative system that helps kill any bacteria that may find their way inside it, it’s always best not to take any chances. So close the tube or bottle well after every use to keep it bacteria-free. In addition, exposure to air can also reduce the effectiveness of your cleanser, so by sealing it tight you’ll make sure it won’t go bad anytime soon.

4. Don’t over-cleanse

There is no need to cleanse your skin more than twice a day (once in the morning and once at night), not even if you have oily skin. Cleansing too often will simply remove too much sebum, which is your skin’s natural moisturizer, causing your skin to dry out and become irritated.

5. Cleansing wipes? Only on the go

Cleansing wipes may be very handy to carry with you wherever you go, but they simply don’t clean as well as a regular cleanser does. One wipe is rarely enough to remove all your makeup, especially if you’re wearing long-lasting and waterproof products, so you’ll have to use more. Because of it, in the long run, they’re usually not a very good investment.

6. Never wash your face with shampoo or body wash

While using shampoos, body washes or shower gels may seem a great way to save money, they may cause havoc on your face. These products contain surfactants that, although gentle and effective to cleanse your hair and body with, may be too harsh for the more delicate skin of the face. Because of it, you should wash your face only with products especially formulated for it.

Have you got any more tips on how to cleanse skin?

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    • Trisha, you are definitely making the right choice! Wipes may not clean as well as a regular makeup remover, but it’s always better to clean your face with those than not at all! :)

    • Makeup Morsels, 4 times a day?! What was she thinking?! That’s way too much!

      And I don’t think sunscreen in a cleanser is a very good idea at all either…

  1. Really great tips :D. I recommend that you actually massage (very gently) the cleanser into the skin to get off all the dirt rather than a harsh cleanser or just slathering on cleanser and rinsing it off. Or using a makeup-removing cleanser before another one (to rinse off residue).

    • Janessa, these are wonderful tips! I agree that harsh cleansers are a no-no. Applying a gentler one properly works much better and doesn’t damage skin.

  2. Excellent tips! So many people damage their skin’s protective barrier & it can take months to “repair”. I have several cleansers depending on weather & if it’s a.m. or p.m. In the morning I love using a micellar water. In the evening, cold weather it’s a milk cleanser, hot weather I use a foam.
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    • Icaria, that’s so true. Using the wrong cleanser can really cause havoc on your skin. It’s important to choose the right one for your skin type, taking also into consideration the weather and how much makeup you wear. But whatever product you choose, it must be a gentle one that doesn’t disrupt the skin’s protective barrier. :)

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