Cleansing has long been viewed as an essential part of skincare.
Our ancestors have been taking care of their skin since the beginning of time; from simple scraping rituals to the advent of soap, as well as the mass production of soap bars in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Today, thanks to advancements in skincare, we have more choice than ever when it comes to selecting the right tools for the job. However, understanding effective face cleansing is key to ensuring you’re on the right track to achieving a healthy complexion.
Why is Daily Face Cleansing Necessary?
Even when we shun make-up it’s important to clear the skin of dirt and bacteria that builds up over the day.
However, it’s not just the products we apply directly to our skin that necessitate a daily face cleansing habit. The simple act of touching our faces can transfer unwanted bacteria from our hands to our skin.
Furthermore, scientific research has shed light on the detrimental effects that daily pollutants have on our complexions. Even when we remain indoors, pollutants have been shown to cause just as much damage as the chemicals and UV we’re exposed to on the streets.
Pollution has been found to contribute to both skin ageing and the loss of skin’s essential moisture. Without an adequate skincare regime, these pollutants are left to wreak havoc.
Establishing an effective face washing ritual (with well-formulated products) is the first step to combatting the bacteria and pollutants that threaten to damage our complexions on a cellular level.
The 2 Key Components to Effective Skin Cleansing
Although facial cleansing doesn’t have to be complicated, the methods and products we choose are important to achieving healthy skin. Formulations, if selected incorrectly, can exacerbate skin issues - as can haphazard cleaning rituals.
Fortunately, effective skin cleansing can be simplified down into 2 key components:
1. Choosing the Right Cleanser
Cleansers have been around for many, many years, however, it was in the 20th century that soap bars gained popularity. Whilst traditional formulas may leave skin squeaky clean, their ingredients can often cause dryness, irritation and damage to the skin’s barrier. When cleansers strip skin of all oils, complexions compensate by producing more oil to combat the lack of moisture.
In order to nourish skin (and avoid cleanser-induced damage), it’s important to choose products that work with your complexion. Look for the following:
● Skin compatibility
When opting for cleansers, choose formulas specifically designed for face cleansing. Traditional soap bars, whilst effective cleansers, have high pH levels that are not compatible with the skin (which has a ph of 5.5) and can lead to irritation. Look for moisture and nutrient-rich ingredients when sourcing a skin-friendly cleanser.
● Hydrating ingredients
Harsh cleansing ingredients disrupt skin’s proteins and lipids, leading to dry, tight complexions. Choose a cleanser that is formulated with skin-nourishing and hydrating ingredients to replenish any moisture lost during the cleansing process.
● Products tailored to your skin type
What’s right for one skin type may not be the best solution for another. When choosing a cleanser always make sure that the formula is suited to your complexion. If you have a specific skin disorder, choosing targeted products is especially important for maintaining your skin’s integrity.
Our Recommendation: Ultraceuticals Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser is formulated with omega-6 rich grapeseed oil (as well as potent antioxidant vitamin E) and is suitable for most skin types. For a lathering cleanser choose asap Gentle Cleansing Gel With Antioxidants.
2. Using an Efficient Face Washing Technique
How we cleanse has just as much impact on the health of our skin as the products we use.
Under cleansing can leave unwanted harmful bacteria residing in our pores. Over cleansing, however, can aggravate the skin and potentially cause irritation and damage.
It seems that consistency is key, not only when it comes to skin cleansing frequency, but also where our technique is concerned.
But how can we ensure we’re gently, yet thoroughly, cleansing our skin?
Whilst we might think we’re scrubbing our skin with the same diligence as the day before, human error is inevitable. Fortunately, home skin cleansing devices are the solution.
In particular, sonic face cleansing brushes have been shown in research to be a safe solution to ensuring a consistent cleansing action. The brush’s oscillatory motion works with skin’s elasticity to effectively dislodge dirt and grime from pores without damaging the skin.
However, it’s not just consistency that sonic technology offers. Studies have highlighted further benefits to using these brushes, including:
● Visible anti-ageing results.
● Deeper skincare absorption.
● Skin barrier and hydration support.
Our Recommendation: SoMeCare Thermal Silicone Facial Cleansing Massager combines sonic vibrations with thermal therapy. Made from hypoallergenic and antibacterial silicone, SoMeCare offers safe, effective cleansing for all skin types.
An Effective Skin Cleansing Routine
Using a sonic brush takes the guesswork out of cleansing and with our 3-in-1 SoMeCare sonic brush you also have the option of a deep cleansing mode and 55°C thermal therapy.
Get started by following our simple 6-step effective face cleansing routine:
Step 1: Use warm water to dampen skin.
Step 2: Dispense cleanser directly on to the silicone brush head.
Step 3: Turn on the device and press into the palm of your hand to create a foam.
Step 4: Gently glide the device over skin, working in sections.
Step 5: After each minute of use move to another cleansing area.
Step 6: Rinse face and device.
To get the most out of your device, pair with a foaming or gel-based cleanser. However, you can use your SoMeCare device with any non-grainy product. We recommend the following:
● For dry, dull skin: Ultraceuticals Ultra Brightening Foaming Cleanser
● For oily, acne-prone skin: Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Foaming Cleanser
● For mature skin: asap Daily Facial Cleanser
● For combination skin: Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser
● For normal skin: Yonka Gel Nettoyant
Achieving healthy skin doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, the right cleanser + proper technique = effective cleansing.
The products we invest in play a big role in ensuring we adhere to the above formula. However, with SoMeCare (and a daily commitment) reliable and consistent skin cleansing is achievable.