SkinCare Regimen: Part I – Cleansing

Posted for Skin Care On June 5, 2009

Hi,

Cleansing is the first and foremost step of your skin care regimen. It is the most important part of the regimen.

Cleansing is the process of washing off dirt, debris and make up residue from the skin pores and from the skins surface. Cleansing removes the impurities and prepares the skin for maximum absorption of active ingredients of your skin care products. However, there is a correct procedure to cleanse efficiently.

Ideally, you should cleanse your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Use lukewarm water to rinse and a mild cleanser that is free of all harsh detergents, soaps, alcohol and other potential irritants.

Here are some tips to apply the cleanser:

Apply cleanser all over the face with your fingers for about 20 -25 seconds.

Splash tepid water onto your face several times and rinse off the cleanser. Make sure there are no residual particles of the cleanser left on your face.
Use a clean towel to gently pat your face dry. Never rub the towel against your face. You need to make sure your face remains moist.
While the skin is moist, apply moisturizer on your entire face with gentle circular hand movements. Massage it on to the skin until it gets absorbed completely.

There are a variety of cleansers available in the market that caters to various skin types. While some are heavy others are lightweight. Your choice of cleanser should be based on your skin type and skin condition.

Avoid using cleansers that contain harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohols, soaps etc.

Cleansing is the first step in your skin care regimen. To ensure a good start, make sure you do it well. Next week… I\’ll tell you more about the subsequent procedures.

Till then…!

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