Facial Cleansing – How To Cleanse Your Skin Effectively?

Published: 23rd July 2009
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Cleansing is the first and foremost step in any skin care regimen. In fact, it is the most important step because unless you have a clean, no matter what you apply on top of it won't be effective. Many women don't understand the cleansing procedure correctly and thus end up going wrong with the whole procedure.

It is very important to have good knowledge about the facial cleansing procedure - choosing the right cleansing products andapplying them in the right manner. Here are some tips that will guide you...

Choose the right Cleanser

Splashing your face with water is not enough to remove all the dirt, sweat, oil particles and dead skin cells that get accumulated within the pores throughout the day. In addition, there are also bacteria and fungus breeding inside that needs to be flushed out. In order to remove all these impurities effectively, it is important to use a cleanser that caters to your specific skin type.

Dry Skin
Women with dry skin should use a rich, creamy cleanser that cleans the skin and hydrates it at the same time while not stripping off the skins natural moisture. Cleansers for dry skin generally contain nourishing agents that moisturize the skin. Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser is a great choice.

Oily Skin
Women with oily complexions need gentle foaming cleansers or cleansing gels that help to control the excessive oiliness and shine on the face. However, avoid using very strong cleansers lest it make your skin too dry. Try using foaming gels such as Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel.

Combination Skin
This is a tricky situation. Women with combination skin have a difficult time cleansing their skin. This is because cleansers designed for oily skin are too harsh while those designed for dry skin make the skin too greasy. Women with combination skin should use mild cleansers designed especially for combination skin.

Acne Prone Skin
Acneic skin is a result of trapped bacteria within the skin pores. So, women with acne-prone skin should look for clarifying cleansers that eliminate the acne causing bacteria and flushe out all the toxins from within thus controlling acne inflammations and blemishes. The iS Clinical Cleansing Complex is a gentle anti-acneic cleanser.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is the most difficult to handle because it can be either dry, oily, combination or acne-prone and can react easily. Use cleansers specially formulated for sensitive skin. Kinerasse Gentle Daily Cleanser is great for sensitive skin.

Mature Skin
Mature skin is generally dry and damaged and show signs of aging. Therefore, women with mature skin need a cleanser that contains powerful antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. Look for ingredients such as glycolic acid that have exfoliating properties. You can try the La Roche-Posay Biomedic Conditioning Solution, a gentle exfoliating cleanser. Also La Roche-Posay Biomedic Purifying Cleanser contains good amounts of glycolic acid.

Improve your Facial Care Routine

You should devote quality time to your facial care routine and make sure you do it well. Here are some simple steps to help.

Wash your hands
Always start with clean hands. Hands contain a lot of bacteria and dirt and unless you wash them, they would get transferred to your face no matter how good a cleanser you use.

Rinse your face
Splash some warm water on your face so that its wet and visible impurities get dissolved.

Apply the cleanser
Take a small amount of cleanser in your palm and rub your hands together. Massage the cleanser on your face with circular motions. After this, remove the cleanser with warm water again.

Repeat twice a day
Repeat the same procedure two times a day, once in the morning and once at night before going to bed.

Clean the Eye Area

Regular cleansers are unable to wash off make-up from eyes like eye liners andmascara.. This is because they have harsh pigments that are not removed by the cleansers. Instead, use an eye make-up remover to get rid of these long lasting ingredients.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a skin care professional who graduated from Western University of Health Sciences. She has developed a keen interest in the study of antiaging skin care products and their effectiveness on various skin types like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin and combination skin.

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