Cleansing the skin is necessary and should be included as a mandatory part of your daily skin care regime. You must clean your face to remove all the dirt particles, oil deposits, pollutants or sweat sticking in the pores of your facial skin. These, if not removed will clog the pores and lead to acne, black heads and white heads. Cleansing is very essential for those using make up products on their face. Skin pores clogged with minute make up particles can worsen the situation (leading to many skin infections).
Soap and gel cleansers
Washing the face with plain water is not sufficient to get rid of accumulated dirt. You would need to wash it with a combination of water and soap or a face wash or cleansing gel. Select what suits you the best. Generally bathing soaps are not recommended to be used on the facial skin. The excipients in them are said to alter the skin’s pH balance and produce more harm than benefit. They might act as allergens for those with sensitive skin and peel off more moisture than required from dry skin.
A face wash or cleansing gel is the product best suited to wash your face. These are soap free formulations and act gently on the skin, cleaning its pores.
Skin type and cleansers
With a mix of different ingredients varied versions of cleansers are available at the drug stores. Some are designed for use on dry skin while others are good for use on sensitive or combination skin. Special products to care for acne prone or oily skin are also available. Extracts from Neem or turmeric are added to give them antibacterial activity. Gels with vitamin extracts and special chemicals like Retinol (Skin Care Heaven Anti Aging system) which help improve wrinkles and fine lines.
Whatever skin type you have or whatever be your skin concern, you can select an appropriate product for yourself. You can consult your dermatologist to choose a product.
Other Ways to use a cleanser
Washing your face daily at bedtime is a must. Other available options to clear your skin are cleansing face packs and microdermabrasion . You can get this done at a salon or some of the advanced treatments might require assistance from a dermatologist. Microdermabrasion can also be done at home with a simple and easy to use at home tool. These tools help remove dirt and make up particles from the skin with the help of tiny alpha and beta hydroxy acid granules studded at their tips. The heads of these tools are designed to move in circular motion at a speed desired to effectively peel off the upper layer of dead cells.
These tools are effective in promoting the growth of young skin cells and thus, are also said to have anti aging benefits. But such treatments might be required only once in two weeks (from the salon). At- home microdermabrasion kits can be used twice or three times a week. They deeply cleanse the skin and give it a radiant appearance.
To conclude, cleansing is inevitable. Whether you use make up or not, you should make it a habit to clean your face properly before sleeping at night. This clean skin can breathe easily and will be healthier than otherwise.
Naomi Andrews is an esthetician from Hawaii. She has had the opportunity to use various skin cleansers and antiaging products of popular brands like Obagi, Lierac Paris,La RochePosay and many other. She has hands on various kinds of facial and and anti ageing treatments.