Cleansing is one of the most important steps in skincare. Or, we daresay, it’s the most important. After all, all those expensive serums and creams can’t penetrate into your skin if there’s a layer of gunk over it. Or worse, the product buildup can clog your pores and lead to a breakout.
So before you slather on those lotions and creams, it’s best to make sure you’re on the right cleansing track. Here are a few tips.
Cleansing once is never enough if you wear heavy makeup
Some people might tell you that you don’t need to do double cleansing if you use certain makeup removers, but we’ll put it out here: There’s no harm in double cleansing. If you wear heavy makeup, you’d wanna make sure all the gunk is off, and sometimes, the only way to do that is by double cleansing. If you use a cotton pad to remove makeup, ensure that there are no traces of makeup left on your last swipe. But even then, we recommend double cleansing.
Double cleansing doesn’t mean you have to use the same cleanser
We recommend using a different cleanser when you double cleanse. Most people use cream-, oil- or water-based makeup removers that double up as cleansers. What we like to do is to opt for gel ones to gently remove impurities and gunk without being too harsh for your skin. You can also opt for foaming cleansers, but ensure they’re gentle for your skin.
You can use different cleansers
There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to skincare. Yes, it’s good to not jump from one product to another, but it’s also perfectly fine to have different skincare regimes for day and night. After all, your skin needs might differ depending on the time of the day. Mild cleansers are recommended for day use, while deep cleansing ones are great for night to get rid of gunk buildup during the day.
Scrubbing comes after cleansing
Ah, the one question that every girl new to the skincare world asks: Should I scrub before I cleanse? The answer is no. Always scrub on a clean slate. You might be sloughing off dead skin cells when you scrub but if you do it before using a cleanser, think of it this way: you’re scrubbing all the dirt INTO your pores. Not good.
Don’t neglect your neck
In the same way that you apply creams and lotions to your neck, you should also use cleanser on your neck. You don’t want to waste the effects of the creams by washing it off with harsh body soap because yes, it will take a toll on the skin on your neck.
Don’t rub your face as you cleanse
Some people have the habit of using a lot of force and rub their faces as they cleanse. Don’t. Your skin will only end up raw and sensitive. We know what you’re trying to do, but rubbing the cleanser into your skin won’t make it any cleaner. Rather, you have to massage it into your skin because the motions will also improve blood circulation to improve the health of your skin.
There’s no “one for all” formula
The thing about skincare and makeup is, there is no product that’s suitable for everyone. Yes, they might say it’s suitable for all skin types, but that’s where the difference lie: your BFF and you might both have combination skin but that doesn’t mean you can use the same cleanser. After all, a lot of other factors come into play, including environmental factors, stress levels, diet and other things. You also need to know what your skin is sensitive to. Check the label before you make the purchase.
Price is not always everything
Don’t let price be the deciding factor on the effectiveness of the product. We’re not saying you should avoid the cheaper ones because they’re of inferior quality. On the contrary, it depends on what your skin needs. If your skin thirsts for drugstore brands, go ahead and feed it those products. If your skin only reacts well to Chanel and La Mer, well, good luck to your bank account.
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Text: Hidayah Idris