Obviously we shower, but then there are bits of our skin that are exposed to the elements ie face, neck & décolletage that need a more nourishing and gentle cleanse. This can be a post code lottery! If you live in London your skin gets very dirty, as opposed to a more rural or less built up area. You also need to take into consideration the type of job you do and what your skin is exposed to on a daily basis.
However a Facial Cleanser should not:
MAKE YOU SKIN TIGHT AND DRY
SHOULD NOT LEAVE A RESIDUE OF OIL ON YOUR SKIN
Your skin gets a surface layer of daily grease and grime from the pollution in the air, traveling on the tube/bus or just being at home or work, from central heating, air condition etc The clever thing about the skin is that it has an amazing protective barrier that stops dirt particles from absorbing into it. They just sit on the surface of this clever organ without ever penetrating.
So if that is the case doing a deep cleanse is not really necessary. All you need is a cleanser that will remove the daily layer of grease and grime without any need to go any deeper. If you wear make-up then this layer of grease and grim will simply sit on top – so your cleanser to clean your make up off and the job is all done! If you go to bed with cleans skin in the morning all you have to do is a very quick cleanse with plenty of water to wake you up.
Best to cleanse twice 1. Clean off the day’s dirt left over make up etc
2. Actually clean’s the skin easy as that in 2 easy steps.
Always check your cleanser has no SD Alcohol as they will not only take off the grease and grime, but also the natural oils on the skin that act as the barrier. By removing them on a daily basis you will only comprise your skin. Over cleansed skins can comprise the delicate layer that is there to protect us from the grease and grime of the world – by over cleaning it you are putting your skin under undue stress.
Black Heads are usually a sign off dirty skin, too much make up or fake tan or using cleansing wipes on a daily basis, or just not cleansing properly. Grease from the air sits in the pores and turns black, regular cleansing will help eradicate black heads. Basic cleansing is the first important step to an excellent skincare routine, a rough guide is that normal/combination skin use a cleansing gel/facial wash for a more mature/dry skin use a nourishing cleansing cream.