5 of my favourite tips for cleansing
The hard winter weather and the mask-wearing has been harsh on our skin. I for one have really been suffering from dry cracked hands and lips. But then my face has been dehydrated with being inside with the central heating and then outside with the cold air. It’s really made me reach for my skincare and go back to basics. Cleanse, tone, and moisturise and go back to the products you know work. I’m no expert but I have picked up a few tips along my skincare journey especially with cleansing, and when Cetaphil got in contact to talk about cleansing I thought I’d gather a few I’ve picked up and share them with you.
Choose your cleanser carefully
First up choose your cleanser carefully and wisely. When it comes to choosing a cleanser, it’s best to remember a few pointers. Use something suitable for your skin type and go for something that’s mild, and doesn’t leave you with that tight feeling after you’ve dried your face. Never use a bar of soap. Go for something that has little or no additives, fragrance, and has little or no essential oils as you can build an intolerance or sensitivity to these. Most importantly make sure it has a balance of hydration and effectively cleanses the skin without being too harsh. Cetaphil is a name that keeps coming up. The brand is available from online shops and pharmacies across the country and has products that are good to start with if you’re a skincare novice, especially the sensitive range.
First, cleansing both morning and night is really important. We put our bodies through so much every day, the weather, wearing make-up, pollution, etc. It’s important to begin the day with a clean face that’s ready for what we’re about to put it through and then again in the evening before bed to get the day’s dirt and pollutants off.
Double cleansing is something you hear skincare specialists such as Caroline Hirons talk about a lot. In short, it’s a deep cleanse, the first is a light one, usually with something like micellar water as it’s just this and it breaks down makeup. For a second cleanse, you would choose more of an oil-based cleanser.
Use warm water
Using warm water and not extreme temperatures when cleansing helps you get that desired hydrated, clean feeling. Using water that’s too hot will irritate your skin, leaving it damaged. Heat can also make it feel striped, and tight when you dry off, too cold and your products won’t be completely effective on your skin so keep it simple, keep it balanced!
Be gentle with your skin and take your time
This tip is a little two in one and they may seem obvious, be kind to yourself and think of this routine as a pamper. Be gentle with your skin, it damages easily especially around the eyes so go easy on this delicate area. With this also taking your time, and giving yourself more time on your skincare will also mean that you might be more gentle too.
Use a clean soft towel to dry off
When making your choice of towels to dry your face, it might sound obvious but go for a soft clean, and unused towel. The hand towel in the bathroom has probably been used by the whole family to dry their hands throughout the day so go searching for something suitable. Choose something that’s soft on the skin, you may even want to consider investing in some bamboo cloths. They’re super soft, plush, ideal for acne-prone skin and they’re eco-friendly too. Bonus. Along with this when you dry off your face, try to dab or press the cloth or towel into the skin instead of rubbing, it’s so much gentler.
There’s so much to skincare information to learn, I firmly believe that the basics should be taught in schools because it should be common knowledge. I’m not familiar with it all and I’m constantly learning something new every day that I look into it. Exfoliating once a week, using a good moisturiser, and pamper yourself with a facial once in a while too. It’s important to stick to these basics points though and add things as you find them out. When it comes to products though there are so many out there that you have to be your own advocate, use what you know works for you but don’t be afraid to change it up a little from time to time by going to see a good professional.
Let me know what you think of the tips above, if you use them already and if you have any tips to add. I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below or over on Twitter.
- In collaboration with the lovely people at Cetaphil.