My beauty tip of the week:
How to use a face cleanser
Washing your face every day (morning and night) is a very important step in your beauty routine. It not only removes any makeup you have worn throughout the day, but it also cleanses your face from the impurities and dirt build up from everyday pollution and gas emissions.
You don’t want to be skipping this step as this is step that goes before serum, moisturizer, eye cream and makeup. It also preps your face for the smooth application of makeup.
What to do…
TIP 1: Always, always, ALWAYS wash your hands before touching your face so as not to transfer any bacteria from your hands onto your face.
TIP 2: Before using a rinse-off cleanser wet your hands and face first – this helps to put the product onto your face better.
TIP 3: Make sure you pick a cleanser that’s suitable for your skin type. My skin type is dry-sensitive so I always make sure to pick the correct type of cleanser so as not to dry out my skin or break out. I tend to use a couple of cleansers and rotate because I find that my skin gets used to one after many uses in a row and do not see the benefits anymore. The ones I love include
- DRY SKIN: Clarins Shea Butter Cleanser (US link) which I use in the mornings, followed by my toner (read my beauty tip on using a toner here)
- NORMAL COMBINATION: Estee Lauder Foam Cleanser/ Mask (US link) which I use in the evenings for a full cleanse
- NORMAL COMBINATION: Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap (US link) with the Clinique Sonic Brush (US link) which I use once a week. I really love the Sonic Brush as it gives my skin a deep cleanse and clears out my clogged pores. Clear pores = less breakouts. There is a great Clinique Sonic Brush Gift Set (US link) at a great deal!
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TIP 4: Take your time when washing your face. When you lather the cleanser onto your face, massage your face using the tips of your fingers in circular motions applying light pressure before rinsing it out with lukewarm water. This allows the product to actually get to work on your skin and gets your blood moving which is good for skin regeneration.
TIP 5: Always apply a toner, serum and moisturizer after cleansing! Make sure to use the correct items according to you skin type.
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What not to do…
TIP 1: Don’t be rough when washing your face as the skin on our faces is very delicate and by being rough you could damage the top layer of the skin.
TIP 2: Don’t overcleanse your skin – twice a day – once in the morning and once at night is sufficient.
TIP 3: Don’t use hot steamy water when cleansing. This may be relaxing and good for unclogging your pores but in fact strips your skin of essential oils and it feeling drier.
TIP 4: Don’t rub your face when drying your face with a towel. This can irritate your skin and aggrevate it further. Be gentle with your skin!
TIP 5: Don’t use grainy scrubs. This may seem counterintuitive but it is gentler and more effective to use a salicylic or glycollic acid cleanser than harsh scrubs on your delicate face. Both these alternatives offer anti-aging benefits and help prevent further breakouts. Scrubs can in fact cause further breakouts by leaving your skin damaged and the pores prone to clogging.
Share your favourite cleansers with us below! We’d love to know 😘
Til next time XX Monica XX
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