Regular facials from a professional are great for keeping your skin in tip top condition, but looking after your skin at home is just as important. Cleansing should already be part of your morning and nightly routine – but are you doing it right?
Take a look below for the cleansing rules professionals swear by:
Cleansing the skin is all well and good, but if you’re not rinsing your cleanser off properly, it could make your skin worse. Leaving cleansing particles on the skin can cause congestion which can then lead to breakouts.
Make sure you rinse and remove your cleanser thoroughly and follow up with a splash of toner or face mist to restore PH levels and improve pores.
Don’t forget hard to reach areas
Those areas you forget to go over with your cleanser are also the most spot-prone areas. When cleansing remember to get under your chin, the sides of your nose and even behind your ears. This will get rid of any dead skin build-up which can result in blackheads and congestion.
Wash your face cloth daily
If you use a cloth to remove your make-up, it is imperative that you keep it clean. Bacteria builds up quickly on moist cloths, especially if they have make-up and other products on it. We recommend keeping a few face cloths and using them in rotation, washing thoroughly by hand (or machine if possible) between uses.
Cleansing too often or using harsh products can cause dryness and sensitivity. You should only need to cleanse your face twice a day (morning and evening). Use products appropriate for your skin type and if your skin is dry, opt for an oil-based cleanser as this will nourish as well as cleanse.
Remember to exfoliate
Regular exfoliating will improve your skin tone and encourage good cell regeneration. It is especially important if you use corrective peptides, serums and anti-ageing treatments as they will penetrate deeper into your skin after exfoliation. If you have a sunny holiday booked though, lay off the exfoliating a few days before as this can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Use face masks – even if you don’t have problem skin
Whether you have skin problems or not, a regular face mask will brighten the skin and keep it balanced. Look for ones that suit your skin type and try to incorporate them into your routine a couple of times a week.