Cleansing is more than just washing your face, and your chosen method can be the difference between tired, dry skin and a clear, glowing complexion. Follow our expert Cleansing 101 guide to see how you can get the best results out of your skincare regime.
If you think cleansing should be the first step of your skincare regime, think again. Most cleansers aren’t powerful enough to remove makeup, especially mascara and concealer. Those that are, often miss hard-to-reach places, like around the nose and eye area, which can cause clogged pores and lead to breakouts. Instead, use an oil-based makeup remover all over the face before cleansing to remove stubborn makeup without rubbing or tugging delicate skin. This will allow your cleanser to properly penetrate the skin and cleanse deep into the pores, to keep away breakouts caused by built-up bacteria.
Choosing the Right Product
All cleansers were not made equal, and the cleanser you choose should be dictated by your skin type. An overly harsh cleanser will strip dry skin of its moisture, leaving it flaky and sore, whilst a very rich cleanser will leave oily skin prone to breakouts. As long as the cleanser is suitable for your specific skin type, you can choose whether you want the formula to be foam, cream or lotion, based on your own preference. If you aren’t sure which cleanser you should use, book a visit to your dermatologist or use a good all-round cleanser like Vivderma’s Comforting Gellee Cleanser.
Water temperature might not be something you ever consider when it comes to cleansing, but it can have a big impact on your skincare regime. Lukewarm water is the best for cleansing, as the warm temperature is enough to cut through oil and dirt, without being hot enough to irritate the skin. Some advocate washing in cold water to minimise pores, but this only has a temporary tightening effect and doesn’t remove stubborn oil from the skin. Water that is too hot will leave the skin dry and irritated, so make sure you’re getting the temperature right for your skincare regime to be effective.
Rinse and Repeat
Double cleansing is big news in the beauty world, and applying a second round of cleanser is a great way to cleanse deep into the pores without rubbing your delicate skin. The first application sweeps away the oil, dirt and environmental build-up of the day, whilst the second cleanses the pores fully. Once you have finished, make sure you rinse your face thoroughly, taking care not to miss your hairline, neck and the sides of your nose. Missed areas can lead to irritation and prevent your other skincare products from sinking in properly.
Use a Toner
Applying a toner after you cleanse helps to calm the skin, balance pH levels and close the pores, leaving the skin feeling and looking smoother. Alcohol-based toners are often too harsh, stripping the skin of natural oils and leaving it feeling tight. Instead, choose a gentle, alcohol-free version and sweep it across the skin after cleansing to brighten and tone.
Exfoliating is a great way to keep the skin looking bright and clear by removing any dead skin cells. Too much can be a bad thing, however, so try and keep this to a couple of times a week to get that coveted dewy complexion. Over-exfoliating can dry out the new layer of skin, leading to redness and irritation, as well as damaging the skin’s natural barrier. Invest in a gentle exfoliator and apply twice a week without pressing too hard. You’ll soon have the glowing complexion of a supermodel.
Apply Your Active Products
Cleansing is more than simply washing your face, it is also the perfect time to apply skincare with active ingredients. Light formulas such as facial oils can’t penetrate through other products, so applying them after cleansing allows the active ingredients to be delivered to all layers of skin. Choose oils and serums that target specific skin concerns and layer them up, as their ingredients are often more directly targeted than other products. This is also the perfect time to apply specialist treatments, such as Vivderma’s Detox Elixir, which will balance the skin and protect it.
Lock in Moisture
Applying your moisturiser as the last step of your skincare regime locks in moisture to keep skin smooth and hydrated. Applying your moisturiser earlier in your skin regime can prevent other products from penetrating the skin, as the thick formula acts as a barrier. Applying it last allows it to seal in your active ingredients and act as a barrier against harsh weather and environmental build-up throughout the day.
If you need to boost your skincare routine to make sure you are getting the most out of cleansing, browse Vivderma’s full range of dermatologist-approved clinical solutions over on our homepage or call us today on 01484 538 967.