Cleansing Skin Care – The ‘How to’ Article

Skin is our largest organ, which covers an average of nineteen square feet and weighs around seven pounds. The first step to healthy skin is proper cleansing skin care.

Start with a cleanser that is formulated for your particular skin type, whether it is dry, oily, normal, combination or sensitive. Bar soaps are usually drying and should be used for the skin from your neck on down. A cleanser made for your face is best and the formula should not be too harsh for your skin type. A good way to tell if your cleanser is too strong is if it leaves your skin “squeaky” clean. Stripping your skin removes all the natural oils that act as a protective mantle to the skin. If you wear makeup, you also want to make sure to choose a cleanser that removes it effectively, or you can use a separate makeup remover prior to cleansing skin care.

The best way to wash your face it to use warm water to loosen the dirt in your pores. Avoid extreme temperatures since hot or cold water can cause broken capillaries. Use a dime-sized amount of cleanser and apply it in a gentle circular motion all over your face. Rinse a couple of times with warm water and then rinse a few more times with cool water to tighten the pores. You can use a washcloth but it should be clean, soft and preferably made of cotton. You should wash your face twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. If you wash more frequently, you risk robbing your skin of essential oils. The right mix of oil on your skin is what enhances its natural beauty. If your skin has too little oil, it will dry out and if there is too much oil, your pores become clogged and blemishes appear.

Effective cleansing skin care is the first step in your routine for healthy, beautiful skin.