“Cleansing is the most important step in skincare. If you get that right, then beautiful skin is bound to follow” Eve Lom – regarded as the Queen of Cleansing – one of the World’s most acclaimed and sought-after facialists

Some people roll their eyes at the thought of a skincare routine, but there is wisdom in the mantra “cleanse, tone and moisturise”.  Perfect your skincare regime, and you be on your way to a flawless complexion – the daily routine won’t even take you that long!  Let’s start with a lowdown on the benefits of cleansing.

Cleansing your skin will always, if done properly,:

  • Remove all traces of make-up
  • Eliminate surface dirt
  • Get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells
  • Unblock congested pores

Remember as your cleansing your skin twice daily, you are also stimulating circulation and skin tissues, improving colour and aiding cell regeneration which we ALL need.

Generally, you will find  6 types of cleanser on the market, targeting the 4 main skin types, normal, oily, dry, and sensitive.

Cleansing Milk

This cleanser tends to be an oil-in-water mixture, ideal for younger skin as it feels grease-free.

Cleansing Lotion

Lotion is recommended for oily and congested skin. Some products may contain Kaolin and green clays to get rid of excess oil.

Cleansing creams

There is low water content in cleansing cream, making it suitable for mature skin. These cleansers tend not to drag the skin.

Soapless cleansers

These are ideal for those who prefer to use water on their face, but do not want the tight, stripped feeling they would get from using soap.

Facial scrubs

Scrubs are normally of a soft, creamy texture, with fine exfoliating particles that cleanse the skin gently.

To give your skin a more thorough and deeper cleanse, a pre-cleanser is a must before using your recommended cleanser.   A pre-cleanser is a cleansing oil which will dissolve layers of sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up and pollutants.

If you’re not sure what type of cleanser will best suit you, speak to a skincare specialist like Time of Life, who can provide you with professional advice and free product samples.

This way, you’ll spend less on the best skincare, because you won’t be buying tons of different products just to try them out and finding you’ve got the wrong sort for your skin.

Application of cleansers

To begin, simply dampen your face and hands with warm-to-hot water. Squeeze a ten pence piece sized blob of your cleanser into the palm of your hand and mix with water. Apply from your décolleté to your forehead, rubbing in small circular motions.  Remember these circular motions are stimulating circulation, so will improve the overall appearance of your skin!  Remove the cleanser using a facial cloth, such as the sponge cloth [link]

The Dos and Don’ts of cleansing

  • Do spend a couple of minutes on this part of your skincare routine. It will help your moisturiser to penetrate the layers much more effectively.
  • Do make sure your hands are spotless by washing them before cleansing
  • Do access the hairline and edges of your face and be through
  • Don’t use ordinary soap as it is too harsh for the facial skin, and will upset the acid balance.
  • Don’t substitute your cleanser for cleansing wipes on a long-term basis. However, if you’re in a hurry, it’s is better to use a cleansing wipe than to go to bed with your make up on!

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