How to Cleanse Your Skin the Right Way For Fresh, Healthy and Glowing Skin
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Whether you’re a beauty minimalist – sporting sunscreen and a touch of lip gloss, or a beauty diva honing her contouring and winged liner skills – a twice-daily cleanse is key to fresh, healthy-looking skin. It’s so important to remove makeup, dirt, and pollutants that are accumulating on your skin during the day. Even if you don’t wear makeup regularly, it’s still important to make sure you’re cleansing at bedtime. And it’s equally important to do it right. I’m a fan of the double-cleanse method that first lifts the dirt and grime and then washes them away. However, a double-cleanse isn’t necessarily needed both morning and night. A mild cleanser or rinse is plenty in the morning. But if you’ve never tried a double-cleanse or simply need a refresher, here’s how to cleanse your skin the right way.
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The First Cleanse
A quick once over with make-up remover or (gasp!) a cleansing wipe won't cut it. A deep cleanse is never more essential than in the evening, and the first cleanse begins with an oil, balm or milky lotion to break down makeup, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin. The idea here is to remove sweat, bacteria and old skin cells. So, be generous with your application and massage in the product for a solid minute. A warm water (never hot!) rinse isn't enough though, so I recommend using a muslin cloth or thin washcloth to really get everything off. I've tried all three types of cleansers and they are equally effective. It's really a matter of personal choice, so use the formula that you'll enjoy. Remember, the goal is to find a product you'll use each and every day. Here are several that I love!
Once you've removed the surface makeup, dirt, and grime, it's time for a full-fledged water-based cleanse. Ensure you gain all the benefits from your cleanser and its ingredients. Reach for a gel, foam or mild exfoliating liquid to remove every trace. I actually enjoy a mild exfoliant, especially when the weather is warm or if it's been a heavier makeup day. I don't use a cloth or tool on the second cleanse, but instead, rinse with warm water for a solid minute or two. I use cold water on the last few splashes just because I like the feel. Here are a few favorites.
Meet Francine, our self-described skin care and beauty junkie. As a 40-something Southern California native, Francine is a firm believer in the power of sunscreen and a gorgeous nude lip. She’s an AKT Fitness owner and hi-tech marketing communications consultant by day and mom to three high-energy, testosterone-driven boys by night (hence her preference for red wine with an ice cream chaser).
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