We all lead busy lives, and sometimes the last thing we want to do is clean our face before bed. That extra few minutes seems too daunting. I get it; I have been there. But it must be done, and I don't mean grab a face wipe and call it done.
As we go on with our everyday activities and work, our skin is exposed to pollutants, bacteria, and viruses that all form on the skin's surface. If you go without washing your face, your skin will continue to be covered with makeup, dirt, and grime, which can lead to clogged pores and blemishes. Daily face washing removes these impurities, encourages proper skin hydration, and prevents excess oils from giving the skin a fresh look.
Cleansing is the first step of your morning and nighttime skincare regimen. If having clean, healthy skin isn't enough reason to want to wash your face, here I have listed more reasons.
Never Sleep in Makeup
- Makeup holds onto dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, which can clog your pores, causing breakouts.
- When you sleep in mascara and eyeliner, it can get in your eyes, causing irritation.
- Leftover eyeshadow can clog the oil glands and hair follicles on your eyelids, causing infections like sties.
Benefits of Cleansing
- Regular cleansing is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy.
- Cleansing helps anti-aging products and treatments work properly.
- Cleansing helps maintain proper pore size.
- Cleansing encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils.
Now choosing the right cleanser and how you wash your face is also very important. Skip the face wipes; they will do nothing to properly remove foundation and pollutants. Double cleansing is ideal for cleaning and keeps your pores clear.
If wearing makeup, you'll want to remove the makeup first to cleanse properly. I prefer an oil-based makeup removing oil; it melts away any makeup and eye makeup gently. You can also use a gel-based makeup remover for oily skin. Once you have pre-cleansed to get your makeup and products from the day off, you will do your second cleanse. You always want to use lukewarm or cool water when cleansing. When cleansing, be sure to be gentle and do not pull or tug on the skin; lightly massage with your fingertips for 60 seconds while cleansing to remove impurities and buildup thoroughly. Over scrubbing can cause irritation, make redness and rosacea worse, and irritate breakouts. Again, always use lukewarm or cool water to rinse off. Too hot or too cold can cause broken capillaries.
A morning cleansing is also beneficial, as it removes any toxins the skin eliminates during the night and refreshes the skin, preparing it for makeup application.
My Pumpkin Refresher Cleanse is the perfect cleanser for all skin types.
This refreshing daily cleanser removes surface residue while combating free radical aggression. Pumpkin contains naturally occurring Beta-Carotene, a potent anti-oxidant that helps to fortify the cellular matrix. Clarifying cloves and cinnamon oils lend an aromatic influence that uplifts and energizes the skin.
Clove Oil acts as a natural astringent and cleanser, eliminating excess oil from the skin's surface. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it an ideal ingredient for reducing blackheads, blemishes, and pimples associated with oily skin.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin Seed Oil boost hydration by penetrating the skin supplying moisture directly to the tissues. It also soothes and calms inflamed skin.
Lactic Acid penetrates the oil glands, removing built-up dirt and debris from deep within the pores so that skin is left looking smoother and more even.