Cleansing is the first step in maintaining healthy, radiant skin. It is the most important part of your skincare routine. Washing your face clears dirt, makeup, oil and impurities from your skin. The cleansing process promotes healthy exfoliation of dead skin cells that dull your complexion, making your skin’s appearance brighter, smoother and more youthful.
Don’t Be Harsh on Your Skin
One common mistake that people make is damaging their skin during the cleansing process. Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of moisture, leaving it dry and flaky. Exfoliating scrubs that are too abrasive can actually scratch the skin’s delicate surface, making it red and irritated. Using water that is too hot can also irritate the skin and make it red.
To get your face really clean, it isn’t necessary to resort to harsh methods. Use a gentle cleanser with lukewarm water. Use the tips of your fingers to apply cleanser to your face, massaging lightly with small circular strokes. As you massage your skin, you improve circulation, which immediately brings healthy color and vibrancy to your face. Rinse with lukewarm water or a slightly dampened, warm wash cloth. Rub gently, never scrub. Simply pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin will feel invigorated and refreshed!
Cleansers Soften and Renew the Skin
Look for the mildest, most gentle formulation that will not only cleanse your skin, but which will also restore moisture and enrich your skin with nutrients. If your skin is especially sensitive or prone to dry skin conditions like rosacea, use only a hypoallergenic cleanser. Always test a small amount of product on the inside of your forearm, to see if you have any sensitivity.
Antioxidants, Plant Extracts and Vitamins
Nutrition isn’t just from the inside out; it also comes from the outside in! While you want to make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet to promote healthy body and skin, you can also add vital nutrients with the products you apply to your skin.
Look for these nutrients, which naturally enhance your skin’s health and promote skin vitality:
• Vitamin C and citric acid are antioxidants that protect the skin against environmental and free radical attack.
• Chamomile extract is hypoallergenic and soothes dry, itchy skin with an anti-inflammatory agent, azulene.
• Vitamin B5 hydrates and increases the density and thickness of skin.
• Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that reduces redness.
• L-Ascorbic Acid is also an antioxidant that stimulates collagen, restoring elasticity and youthful appearance to the skin.
Cleansing on the Go
Just because you’re on the go, doesn’t mean you have to skip your skincare routine! Whether you’re traveling, going to the gym, or just need a quick and simple refresher for your face, you can still cleanse and nourish your skin without any hassle. Professional moisturizing make-up wipes are an all-in-one cleanser, toner and moisturizer that leave your skin feeling clean, soft and smooth. Pack in your bag, in the car, for convenient facial cleansing whenever and wherever you go.