If you’re like most people, you usually breeze through the cleansing part of your skin care routine without much thought. Cleansing, however, is an extremely important step because it prepares your complexion for all of your other products. Cleansing with your hands is effective and gentle but cleansing with a device can more effectively purify your complexion.
Whether you prefer to cleanse with a cream, gel, oil or foaming product, you can take steps to maximize your results. Before you begin, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid transferring oil, dirt or bacteria to your complexion. Then remove all eye makeup with a gentle product or wipe. Never use your cleanser on the eye area unless it is specifically designated as safe for the eyes. Use gentle, circular motions and tepid water to avoid irritating skin.
Cleansing devices are becoming a more and more popular choice for many people. The main benefit of a cleansing tool is that it cleans more effectively than hands alone. Clarisonic offers several devices including the Mia1, Mia2 and Aria that each cleanse six times more effectively than manual cleansing.
If you do switch over to a cleansing device, it is important to keep it in good condition. Replace the brush head every three months to avoid bacteria buildup. It is also important to follow the recommended cleansing times to avoid over exfoliating or damaging skin. Do not use your cleansing device more than twice a day.
Whether you choose to cleanse manually or with a device, choosing the right kind of cleanser can make a big difference. Dry and sensitive skin types should choose a gentle product such as LovelySkin Luxe Gentle Cream Cleanser. The formula contains meadowfoam seed extract and olive oil that keep the complexion hydrated and calm. Oily and acne prone skin types should use LovelySkin Luxe Clarifying Gel Cleanser with 2% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid. These two ingredients reduce excess oil and remove impurities to keep pores clear and reduce breakouts.
Avoid using a washcloth to cleanse your face. The fabric can be rough on skin and cause irritation or even sores. Damp washcloths also harbor bacteria that could transfer to skin and cause breakouts, redness or inflammation.
Do you prefer using your hands or a device to cleanse your skin?