Do I need to wash my face with a cleansing gel in the morning, are surfactants harmful, do I need to wash off the "micellar" and why is it better to refuse sponges and loofahs for the face? Cosmetologist at the Time of Beauty clinic Teona Tsertsvadze answered the question of how to properly wash in the morning and evening for BeautyHack.
doctor-dermatologist of the clinic of aesthetic medicine "Time of Beauty"
Do not rule out neither morning nor evening
There is a myth that you need to wash your face with a cleanser only in the evening, and in the morning it is enough to rinse your face with water. This is not true!
In the evening, we wash off makeup, dust and toxins. During the night, the skin exfoliates on its own and produces even more sebum and sweat than during the day. Theoretically, in the morning it is even dirtier - at night the skin actively worked and regenerated. Therefore, be sure to use a cleansing gel or foam twice a day.
Don't be afraid of surfactants
No need to be afraid of surfactants (surfactants) and look for products that do not contain them. Without surfactants, you will not be able to effectively cleanse your skin - the effects of cosmetics and pollution caused by the environment are much worse than the cleaning ingredients.
Don't keep the cleanser on your skin
A cleanser is not a mask. If you've lathered your face and want your makeup to dissolve, don't leave the lather for more than 20-30 seconds. Advice: it is better to lather the skin 2-3 times and rinse off immediately than to keep it for a long time.
Always rinse off micellar water
All hydrophilic oils and micellar water must be rinsed off! And not just water, but a cleansing foam.
If a product dissolves mascara and foundation, imagine what it can do to your skin! Micelles are lipids (oily substances) that will not wash off without the aid of a foam or gel. A simple comparison: if you wipe a dirty plate with vegetable oil, the food that has stuck to it will get wet and come off, but the surface of the plate will still remain greasy. So it is with the skin!
Scrubbing - no more than 1-2 times a week
Be sure to exfoliate your skin - you have to help it renew itself. But if you do scrubbing or peeling more often 1-2 times a week, instead of removing dead scales, you can damage the top layer and the protective barrier.
Wash sponges - absolutely not
I am strongly against sponges and sponges for the face - this is a breeding ground for bacteria, you can never rinse them properly. The only option is to wash with a new sponge each time.
If using a brush, boil the nozzle
Electric brushes like Clarisonic are a good way to cleanse as a substitute for a scrub. I advise you to use them no more than 1-2 times a week. But like sponges, brushes get dirty quickly - you can't imagine how much bacteria remains between the villi even after washing with soap. So my advice is to pour boiling water over the nozzle before each use.
Use toner after washing
Many girls believe that tonic is not an obligatory stage of the beauty routine. This is a gross mistake. The tonic is the final step of your cleansing, it normalizes the Ph-balance disturbed during the washing process. Also, after toning, you may not need a moisturizer - it may be enough.
Text: Nino Takaishvili