A quick swipe of a face wipe or micellar water might seem sufficient, we are all tempted after a long day, but taking the time to remove your make-up and really clean your skin will ensure that you see visible improvements in your complexion day after day, cleanse after cleanse.
Read on to discover why cleansers are the foundation to any great skincare regime, plus the one skincare tool you’re not using, but definitely should be…
1. THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP
Whether your skincare regime consists of two or five products (eight if you’ve ever tried a Korean skincare routine) it should always start with a cleanser. Without this step impurities will cling to your skin and dead skin cells will build up, blocking pores and therefore impeding the skin’s ability to produce sebum (skin’s natural conditioner), making your skin prone to breakouts, dry patches and dullness.
2. HELLO FINER MORE REFINED SKIN
Without regular cleansing the pores will continue to become congested, leading to breakouts and a lacklustrecomplexion. Washing your face every morning and evening will remove impurities that have built up as a result of pollutants, bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum, decongest the pores and reveal clearer, healthier skin.
3. THE TOOL YOU MIGHT BE MISSING
The humble muslin cloth. They might not be the top of your skincare wishlist, but these unsung heroes are one of the best ways to gently exfoliate your skin daily and ensure product is completely removed. After applying your cleanser, simply soak the muslin cloth in warm water and sweep in upwards motions away from the face to leave your skin looking and feeling, softer and smoother.
4. ENHANCE YOUR MOISTURISER
But cleansing is more than just cleaning your skin; it’s also the best way to prep your skin for other skincare products. This is because congested pores can not only cause breakouts but also prevent the absorption of other skincare products, cleansing daily will help to clear your pores and ensure that the active ingredients in your moisturisers and serums can penetrate the deeper layers of the skin.
It is also essential to find the best facial cleanser for your skin concerns, a product that works with and not against your skin type. We love the Essential Line Cleansers, which are gentle and water-based, so they dissolve impurities effectively yet wash off easily for clearer, brighter and more youthful looking skin.