If you’re a “soap and water” girl (or guy), you may want to rethink your cleansing strategy. Dermatologists say that one of the best beauty tips around is to use the gentlest cleanser you can find – and use it sparingly.
“While the temptation may be great to wash your face several times a day (or more if skin is oily), not only will over-cleansing not help you, if you’re using a harsh product — particularly soap — you could be harming your skin,” says Crutchfield.
Wash your face too often – more than twice a day – and you can damage the natural lipid barrier, the protective mantle of lubrication that keeps skin looking and feeling healthy.
“Once that protection is lost, and the integrity of the skin barrier disrupted, skin becomes dry – which means it can crack, peel, itch, burn, sting, or any combination,” says Crutchfield. It also means you can look older than your years.
The solution: Wash skin no more than twice a day and choose your cleanser wisely.
It’s staggering how many people don’t wash their face before bed.
Think about it, all those things that get on your skin during the course of a day: make-up, grime, pollution, etc. And yet many people don’t wash these from their skin before putting their face to their pillow. It’s staggering just how many people don’t wash their face before sleep.
You brush your teeth before bed, do so with your skin too.
Cleansing the skin helps remove dead skin cells, which in turn will make your skin look more radiant.
1. Clean Your Skin
Simple is key. Look for a cleanser that your skin responds well to, then stick with it. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. A creamy cleanser works well if you have dry skin, and a clear cleanser if you have oily skin.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
If you properly exfoliate your skin, you’ll notice an almost immediate difference. There are several ways to exfoliate skin: chemical peels, retinoids, and Microdermabrasion are a few that you can get from us at Crutchfield Dermatology.
3. Apply Sunscreen (Even in Winter)
Sunscreen should be one of the most important parts of your skin care regimen. The #1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage. Many moisturizers come with sunscreen added. Find one and protect your skin with it.