Cleansing is something that’s always been a part of everyone’s skincare routine – if it’s missing in yours, consider this your intervention.
For those of us who still have the energy after a long day at work, we typically enjoy the cleansing aspect of our skincare routines. The rush of euphoria you feel as you massage your favorite cleanser into your skin to free it of all the grime that’s built up – the process is almost therapeutic. But here at Porcelain, we know that not everyone has that kind of energy to pamper their skin with a cleansing massage. That’s why we’re here to give you a fresh take on cleansing: providing a quick breakdown of why cleansing is so important, what should be in your cleansing routine and how to cleanse your skin to get that glow from within!
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Why Cleansing is Important:
Cleansing plays a very important role in your skincare routine as it sets precedence for the effectiveness of your entire skincare routine. Without a deep and thorough cleanse, your pores would be clogged with sebum, makeup, dirt and pollutants built up through the course of the day. Topping all these nasties with your expensive serums, masks and moisturisers would only serve to reduce your products’ efficacy and waste your money.
Not only are you reducing the results your products provide, over time, the nasties festering in your pores can lead to break outs, skin sensitivity and pre-mature aging.
Not worth skipping cleansing after all, is it?
Choosing a cleanser that’s good for your skin:
Now that you’re slowly realizing the importance of cleansing (if not, read the paragraph above again and imagine looking 70 when you’re 40 with your skin covered in red patches of acne and sensitivity), it’s likely your next question would be what to use to cleanse your skin. There is a plethora of cleansers you could choose from: oil-based, balms, creams, micellar water, gels, foams, powders. The list is endless and if you don’t know what to look for, it can get confusing.
But fret not, here are some tips from us that you can use when searching for the right cleanser for you:
1. Avoid cleansers with nasty ingredients like Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Parabens & Synthetic Fragrances that can over strip the skin of essential oils and cause irritation
2. Your cleanser should not leave you with a squeaky-clean feeling (this means that the cleanser has stripped your skin of too much oil and moisture)
3. Most importantly: look for a cleanser that does more than just cleanse
Although the primary goal of a cleanser is to remove all the nasties that build up over the day, your cleanser should also hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. These additional benefits serve to bring you closer to radiant, healthy skin each time you use them.
Think you know the right way to cleanse?:
This section may seem counter-intuitive to you. You might be thinking:
“Cleansing is so simple; I just use one cleanser and rub it on my skin until I feel it’s clean.”
As your local skincare experts, we disagree.
To achieve a deep and thorough cleanse, double cleansing is essential. We repeat, essential. Including double cleansing in your nightly routine is particularly crucial for healthier skin.
Imagine this: showering with your dirty clothes on after a long day out. Weird isn’t it?
This same concept applies to your skin – to achieve a total cleanse, you need to first remove the top layer of dirt and grime.
The first cleanse helps to remove the makeup, sunscreen, dirt and pollutants on your skin surface while the second cleanse deeply cleanses your pores of bacteria that can cause acne and skin sensitivity. Even if you may not be a daily makeup wearer, double cleansing is still essential as the initial cleanse helps to remove the environmental pollutants and dirt that accumulated through the day.
Apart from the lack of double cleansing, another shortfall of the modern-day woman’s cleansing technique is the duration spent cleansing. The typical time taken to cleanse is 20 seconds – too short for the cleanser to do its job thoroughly. Remember, it’s a self-love skincare routine, not a race. Take your time and enjoy the process!
We suggest the following steps to boost the efficacy of your double cleanse:
1. Wet your face with luke-warm water before starting your first cleanse
2. Lather the cleanser in your hands before gently massaging it across your skin for 1 minute
3. Wash or wipe away the cleanser before starting the second cleanse
4. Repeat step 2 for the second cleanse before washing your skin to complete your double cleanse!
Consider Porcelain’s perfect cleansing duo that accomplishes all the above.
Step 1: Revive – Makeup Cleanser
Imbued with natural ingredients like Orchid Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract and Calendula Flower Extract, this gentle milk cleanser melts away sebum, environmental pollutants and makeup while soothing, nourishing and pumping your skin with powerful anti-oxidants. The Revive – Makeup Cleanser is Paraben and Sulfate Free, making it suitable for even the most sensitive of skins.
Step 2: Soothe – Hydro Cleanser
Much like its counterpart, the Soothe – Hydro Cleanser is Paraben and Sulfate Free. Packed with 8 natural skin-loving ingredients like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Peach Fruit Extract and Peony Root Extract, this cleanser deeply hydrates and soothes the skin, leaving behind a glowing complexion after each wash.