Cleansing is also an important step of your anti-aging skincare routine.
Poorly cleansed skin, clogged with sebum, dirt and pollutants will age faster
When you cleanse your face, you want to be sure to effectively remove impurities, but you also want to avoid disrupting your moisture barrier (your skin) The latter leading to “dysfunctional” irritated skin secreting excessive sebum. Irritation, in the long run, is a factor of skin aging. So be gentle on your skin. Finally, the PH level of your cleanser is something worth looking up.
〉 Low PH cleansers (ph level around 5.5), advantages:
- slightly acidic, like your skin in its natural state.
- Minimal disruption of your moisture barrier (I like!!)
- Creates an environment less hospitable for bacterias responsible of pimples.
- Allows better absorption of PH dependant products live Vitamin C (requiring a low PH level to be effective)
〉 Foaming cleansers :
There are different types of textures for cleansers (gel, milk-like, foaming,..). I would simply recommend sticking to foaming cleansers. They are the best. Highly effective at removing impurities, without being too harsh – as long as you don’t put too much pressure on your face with your fingers while cleansing.
〉 How to actually cleanse :
- Do quick circular movements with your fingers, going from the side to the center of the face. Exercise the least pressure possible, your products will do the work for you.
- Only use cold to lukewarm water. Using hot water to clean your face will disrupt it and dry it out. I know it might be hard in winter, but please, resist the temptation!!
〉 Removing makeup and sunscreen :
An effective method: double cleansing with an oil cleanser
At the end of your day, when its time for evening routine, you need an extra help in order to remove makeup and/or sunscreen (yes sunscreen is hard to remove and therefore requires the same care as makeup would). For doing so, your (new) best friend is an oil cleanser. You can be sure all traces of makeup and sunscreen will be removed with an oil cleanser…without irritating your skin.
Step 1: Apply cleansing oil on your fingers then spread it on your dry face doing circular movements. Here again, avoid exerting too much pressure. Oil is very effective at removing dirt, makeup, and sunscreen (which is oil based). Rinse.
Step 2: Cleanse with your regular cleanser. This will remove oil and any remaining residues.
Remember, the least possible physical friction is the goal when cleansing and exfoliating.
〉 About the Clarisonic. Should you get it?
Personally, I’ve never tested the Clarisonic, but I have read about it. After doing my research I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t something I wanted to add to my skincare arsenal. The main advantage of a Clarisonic seems to be that it provides exfoliation. But, with a proper skincare integrating chemical exfoliants you don’t need that extra exfoliation. It might actually be too much, and cause more harm than good. Furthermore, a Clarisonic cannot replace chemical exfoliation -clearly not as effective-, so why bother?
PS: Don’t even think about trying cheap versions of the Clarisonic, which probably would use a less sophisticated system that would irritate your skin.
〉Products tested and recommended :
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (THE BEST ♥)
- Great cleanser (and overall brand) at a great value!
- Easy to find in regular drugstores.
- Perfectly formulated: It keeps the moisture barrier intact and doesn’t contain any irritants.
- Low PH level (around 5.5)
- Notable ingredients: Niacinamide, Ceramides, hyaluronic acid.
COSRX Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser:
- A classic amongst Korean skincare enthusiasts.
- Formulated with botanical ingredients and mild acids. It isn’t too harsh on the skins moisture barrier, though not at gentle as CeraVe.
- Low Ph level (around 5.1)
- It has a gel texture which quickly turns into foam when you wash your face.