The secret to great skin isn’t always just courtesy of genetic luck. Many of us put a lot of time, effort and hard-earned money into perfecting our skincare routines.
So when you’ve bought that expensive, holy grail serum that everyone’s raving about and it’s not working for your skin – what are you doing wrong?
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Are You Cleansing Properly?
In my opinion, cleansing is the cornerstone to a successful skincare regimen. If you’re not doing it right, the rest of your products may not be able to do their jobs properly.
And if you’re one of those people who just splash their faces with water, this article was literally written for you. Now let’s get into the details:
Why Is Double Cleansing So Important?
Nope, it’s not a conspiracy to make you go through your products quicker, double cleansing is actually legit. Throughout the day, pollutants, oil and dirt build up on our skin. If we’re wearing makeup and sunscreen, that’s another layer of debris to add to the equation.
Your first cleanse loosens that built up layer of debris, removing impurities and residual excess product from the skin, allowing your subsequent second cleanse to be more effective.
How Does Using A Clarisonic Complement Your Routine?
We recently chatted to Melbourne dermatologist Dr Alice Rudd about her thoughts on Clarisonic cleansing devices.
Originally sceptical of their effectiveness (and a self-confessed chemical exfoliant lover herself), Dr Rudd admitted she’d recently been converted to the capabilities of Clarisonic.
Citing the need to adjust the brush head to cater to your skin type (we mean you, sensitive skins), Dr Rudd agreed the Clarisonic really helps to clear away the build-up of heavy makeup, sunscreen, dirt, oil and pollution for a much-needed deep clean of the skin.
What Cleansing Mistakes Are You Making?
1) Choosing the wrong cleanser for your skin:
If you have dry skin, opt for cream and oil-based cleansers, avoiding any ingredients that may further strip your skin of moisture (i.e alcohols). Those with oily skin will be best suited to gel or foam cleansers with a lower pH. And if you’re sensitive, just avoid fragrance at all costs (and choose a sensitive brush head for your Clarisonic).
2) Impairing your skins natural barrier:
If you overdo it on harsh cleansers and scrubs, you may find that your skins natural protective barrier can become weakened. The result? Sensitivity, irritation and loss of moisture, usually. Go easy on the physical scrubs, and avoid scrubs and chemical exfoliants on the same night. And for crying out loud, do your skin a favour and throw that St Ive’s Apricot Scrub in the bin.
3) Only using a makeup wipe:
I get it, we’re all busy and we’re trying to do the right thing by not wearing makeup to bed. But a wipe not only doesn’t remove all your makeup, but it can also be quite abrasive on sensitive skin types and around the delicate eye area. Feel free to use a wipe before you cleanse properly, or afterwards to get those leftover bits of foundation and mascara.