Washing your face every morning and night is a key way to maintain a healthy looking complexion. Daily cleansing removes dirt, oil, makeup and other daily debris, such as bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt and dead skin cells. Cleansing your face clears the pores and allows for maximum absorption of the active ingredients in your serums and moisturizers. Washing has many more benefits as well, such as preventing excess oil production, guarding the skin against premature aging, preventing daily dehydration and keeping pores tight and unnoticeable. Let’s review the reasons why washing your face each morning and night is essential to skin health.
1. It removes build up.
Throughout the day, your skin is under attack. Each hour the passes, more build up accumulates on the skin, suffocating it in a way. Your skin is coated in dirt, grime, oil as well as bacteria, pollutants, viruses and dead skin cells. Washing your face before bed removes all these irritants that age the skin and make it more prone to flare ups and breakouts. Removing this build up also keeps the skin clear for maximum absorption of serums and moisturizers. Wash your face for 30 to 45 seconds with a dime-size amount of cleanser. That’s how long it takes to clear dirt and oil off your face.
2. It keeps the skin clear.
If you tend to have acne-prone skin, choosing an acne cleanser (we love Glymed Plus Sal-X Purifying Cleanser) is a great way to purify the pores, purging out impurities that cause breakouts and pimples. Daily cleansing helps to also prevent excess oil (sebum) production. The face produces sebum to protect the skin from pollutants and other daily aggressors. Sebum reaches the skin through hair follicles to form a barrier that prevents the penetration of bacteria, etc. If you have excess dirt on the face is blocks hair follicle which allows bacteria to penetrate the skin causing inflammation and acne.
3. It boosts hydration.
Cleansing your face regularly helps the skin maintain a proper level of hydration. When the skin becomes dry and dehydrated it begins to look and feel rough, wrinkled and aged. Facial washing helps manage the skin’s PH levels to keep it hydrated all day long. Be aware that you aren’t over-washing your face though; over-washing can strip your skin of essential moisture.
- Choose the right type of cleanser for your skin type.
- Clean your pillow case weekly to avoid contaminating your face.
- Wash your hands before you wash your face.