Morning VS Nightly Cleanse
We all know that a cleansing skincare routine is essential if we want to keep our skin youthful and glowing for longer. Cleansing morning and night goes without saying. But it still needs to be done correctly.
DEEP EVENING CLEANSE
Deeply cleansing your skin before heading off to bed is the one way ticket to gorgeous skin. It'll remove impurities accumulated throughout the day (pollution, smoke, sebum), make up and allow your skin to breathe. It will also help it to soak up active ingredients - anti-ageing, mattifying, hydrating and so forth. Go gently, however, as you don't want to harm the protective hydrolipidic film. Start by placing a soaked cotton pad on each eye to dilute greasy eye shadows and mascara. Leave it for a few seconds and then remove any grime by working in a figure of '8', making sure you don't break off any eyelashes. Cleanse the rest of your face using your fingers, so you don't end up rubbing and irritating your skin. You can use an oil, gel or cleansing lotion. Use circular movements over your forehead, cheeks, chin and sides of the nose. And don't forget your neck! Remove all traces of your cleanser with a cotton pad soaked in warm water and finish off with a spritz of thermal or floral water
During the day, makeup, sweat, sebum, pollution, smoke and grime accumulate on our skin. If we don't remove these suffocating compounds, our skin can't regenerate or repair itself overnight. Pre-bedtime cleansing is essential if you don't want to wake up to:
#1 CLOGGED PORES
Makeup - foundation/powder/blusher etc. - leaves a suffocating layer on our face. What happens if you don't remove makeup? Your get clogged pores. They'll open up, ooze sebum and form spots. Your skin will be unable to oxygenate itself, leaving you with a dull complexion. Cleansing will keep your pores healthy and clean.
#2 A PARCHED EPIDERMIS
Makeup keeps us looking fabulous. But it also sucks water out of our skin. Its top layer, the stratum corneum, governs water retention and protects our skin's natural moisturising mechanism. Cleansing allows our skin to breathe and regulate its water levels so that it remains comfy and supple.
#3 SPOTTY OUTBREAKS
What causes acne? An unhealthy mix of bacteria, grime and sebum. There's only one way to avoid it: a nightly cleanse so that your skin can breathe and repair any damage caused. If your skin is acne-prone, don't make matters worse by scrubbing it to death - opt for a gentle, perfume-free, non-comedogenic cleanser.
#4 IRRITATED SKIN
Skin is generally hardy stuff, but it can still become super-sensitive. Wearing makeup all day (or all day and night) will greatly increase the risk of irritation. Flaky, red skin guaranteed!
#5 PREMATURE SKIN AGEING
Makeup disguises imperfections and some signs of ageing, but becomes counter-productive if we don't take it off. If your face isn't clean there's no point in applying a night cream. And no night cream = worse wrinkles!
Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.
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