Best Cleansing Advice for Every Age
Clear, healthy skin begins with a thorough cleansing routine. Surprisingly enough, very few women wash their face properly. Correctly removing makeup, dirt, oil, bacteria and other products like sunscreen from the skin every night is essential for healthy, clear skin – using water alone only removes about 65% of oil and dirt from the skin leaving the skin susceptible to clogged pores and breakouts.
Perfecting Your Routine
Using the right cleanser will keep your skin looking its best – the trick is picking the right type of cleanser for your skin. We have addressed this topic in our article on Cleansers – so click the link to read more on the Right Cleanser for You.
Selecting the right cleansing tool also makes a different. Using your fingertips is the most gentle way to clean the skin, making it an ideal way to clean sensitive or easily irritated skin. Cleansing sponges, cleansing brushes and face cloths deliver a deeper clean, improve circulation, and help remove dead skin cells from surface skin.
Use eye makeup remover if you wear eye makeup. Cleansing alone will not remove everything. Be sure to use eye makeup remover first – then cleanse the skin. Most eye makeup removers contain oil – and you don’t want to leave that on the skin.
Avoid using hot water which can lead to redness and irritation. If you like washing your face in the shower, turn down the heat while you focus on your face.
Be gentle – pat the skin dry – don’t rub. Moisturize immediately after washing to trap the water molecules in the skin. Moisturizing over damp (not wet) skin maximizes the effects of the products – that’s because the water molecules act like a delivery system – taking the product deeper into the dermal layers.
Don’t over wash! A thorough cleansing is only necessary at night. Over washing strips the skin of essential oils and overstimulates the skin, sending a message to produce more oil. If you must wash more than once a day – say after a workout – use facial cleansing pads after your workout to remove surface oils, then cleanse thoroughly at night.
Switch your cleansing product with the changing seasons. Using the same cleanser throughout the year can create an imbalance in pH of the skin. Oil controling cleansers for the hot summer months are not appropriate in winter when the skin needs a cleanser that does not remove excess oils from the skin.
Selecting Age Appropriate Cleansers
When it comes to skincare, age matters. Make sure you select ‘age-appropriate’ skincare products.
- In your 20’s struggling with breakouts is the most common challenge. Select oil-free, gel-based cleansers with salicylic acid for the best results.
- In your 30’s fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots begin to appear. Believe it or not, now is the time to select a cleanser with moisturizing qualities and that will not irritate the skin. That’s because savvy women in their 30’s have started their anti-aging routine and a harsh cleanser will only irritate the skin.
- In your 40’s your skin begins to loose elasticity – tone and texture begins to change. An exfoliating cleanser with alpha hydroxy, or beta hydroxy acids will help will cell turnover and keep the skin clear and bright.
- In your 50’s and beyond, your skin is drier and has even less tone due to the loss of elasticity and collagen – brown spots are more prevalent and moisture is a problem. Select a cleanser with glycolic acid to renew skin cells.