Cleansing your skin is the most important step in your skincare routine. If you do it correctly, it can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin by removing all of the makeup, impurities, and pollutants that can dull your skin, clog your pores and cause acne.
But, did you know that over-cleansing your skin can be more harmful than good? This may sound like the opposite of everything we have been taught. In fact, in my own training as an esthetician, I learned that the face should be cleansed twice a day—in the morning and at night. But, over-washing can strip your skin of its protective barrier that defends it from pathogens and environmental pollutants.
A simple and consistent cleansing routine is best. And no, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on luxury or medical grade skincare to get results. You also do not need a complicated 10-step routine, which has been popularized the last few years with the introduction of Korean skincare.
An important fact to remember is that skin is slightly acidic at 5.5 pH. At this pH level, the skin is able to maintain a balance of natural oils, moisturizers and bacteria, which protects the skin. Your skincare routine should strive to maintain the skin’s natural pH. Too much cleansing can disrupt the skin’s natural acidity level—triggering dryness and inflammation, which can lead to acne breakouts.
In my latest YouTube video, I share my own experience when two years ago I stopped washing my face in the morning and the difference it has made to my complexion. It has been a complete game changer! My skin is the healthiest it has been in years, and it’s due to the fact that my skin is more balanced.
Top reasons to skip the morning wash:
- By washing your skin well at night and removing all impurities and makeup, you eliminate the need to wash your face in the morning.
- Your skin repairs itself at night, producing an acid mantle that can serve as a protective barrier during the day.
- The barrier your skin creates at night can keep your skin naturally hydrated.
I recommend starting with a cream or oil-based cleanser and gently massage your skin. Take care not to tug or pull skin, especially around the eye area. I offer tips to effectively wash your skin at night to make the most of your cleansing routine.
If you wear makeup and sunscreen, make sure to remove all traces by doing a double cleanse. I use my Natural AHA/BHA cleanser several times a week. If your skin is not sensitive, you can use an acid cleanser daily. Acid cleansers are a great way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin for a youthful glow.
I encourage you to take the two-week face washing challenge and see how your skin looks and feels after 14 days. And don’t forget to let us know about your experience by contacting us. We love to hear your success stories.