It seems like more than 50% of the time, when doing a consultation with a facial client, I find out that a lot of people don’t realize they are supposed to cleanse the face twice a day. Honestly, until I went to esthetics school, I didn’t know that either.
I’m going to give you a simple explanation as to why this is important.
Cleansing in the morning?
I never understood why this was necessary (pre Esthetician life). But the reason is, we wake up with dead skin cells on our face and bodies. This is because while we are sleeping, our hormones that help us produce new cells and metabolize are much more active during rest. We produce skin cells much faster at night. As new skin cells are born, the old ones push up to the top surface, leaving dead skin on the surface a constant thing to have to exfoliate. So, gently cleanse in the morning. Never scrub too hard. Gentle, circular motions with warm (not hot) water.
Cleansing at night.
Most people do this, although I’ve met the occasional person who blows my mind and actually goes to bed with out washing the face even with make – up on. Definitely you want to cleanse your face at night. During the day, we are exposed to pollutants and dirt in the air, plus bacteria, and it’s sitting on the skin. Plus, the oil glands secrete oil all day long, which mix with dirt and pollutants and bacteria, and dead skin. To prevent breakouts, it’s really important to cleanse at night!
A good general regiment to follow in the morning: cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize, protect (spf). Nighttime: cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize.
I’ll be diving into this skin care regiment idea more on other blog posts. I can really geek out on this type of thing!