Clean up your act.....twice
From as far back as I can remember from being in the skin health industry getting a client to wash their face has been ingrained into my head. In skincare, up until the mid 80’s, washing your face meant piling on the cold cream, then wiping it off with tissues, only then to have to use a “toner” which pretty much consisted of straight alcohol with a bit of fragrance to strip the rest of the creamy cleanser residue off. Remember that lovely burning you got from sea breeze; it meant you were clean and sterilized right?
As I write this I am remembering back in the 80’s working at the cosmetic counter. We had just got our first foaming cleanser and I was excited to sell it to everyone that came my way. One of my best clients happened to visit me that day, and when doing an awful job of trying to sell this state of the art cleanser with promised bubbling magic, she proudly said “oh honey, no one who is serious about keeping their skin young will buy that, besides water has not touched my face in over 40 years!” Whoa! Suddenly I had a flashback of watching the scene in Wizard of Oz when Dorothy tossed the bucket of water on the witch and she melted on site, she must have been a cold cream user too.
But luckily for us skincare has come a long way in the last few decades. There is a virtual plethora of ways to wash your face these days. From soap free cleansers that bubble and foam, creamy cleansers that if by magic wash away with water not alcohol, to soothing gel cleansers that wipe away with ease, for those who are sensitized and want to avoid water on some days.
One cleanser that I am constantly soap boxing about (pun intended), is the oil cleanser. Cleansers that are formulated with plant-based oils can melt the layers of oil-based debris on the skin; the oil molecules bond to each other, unlike water molecules in the usual cleanser. These oils then emulsify with the addition of water to encapsulate and remove the trapped debris, leaving skin feeling clean and soft. So everyone benefits from this oily to dry skin types.
But the secret to getting skin clean is the industry standard of the double cleanse. Double cleanse is the technique-based regimen performed by skin care professionals – and it is our secret to healthy, ultra clean skin. Therefore, the double cleanse, beginning with an oil-based first step, followed by a cleanser that is suitable to your skin, is what’s needed to truly keep skin clean.
Lastly if there was only one thing I could ask all my clients to do for their skin it would be: wash your face at night. Think about it. All that pollution, oil, debris, makeup, sweat, sunscreen, and a myriad of things just sitting on your skin when you get home at night, just having a free radical house party on your skin. It takes all of a few minutes with the right cleansers to wash it off, and your skin will thank you in the long run.
Unsure if are using the right product to wash your face? Then swing by your trusted Expert Skin Therapist and have them recommend, and show you how to utilize the proper cleanser that is right for you.
Wash Your Face!
Geordie MacDiarmid is a licensed skin therapist, and owner of Ego Mechanix, and Est. with over 20 years experience in the skin care industry.