Proper cleansing is anything but basic

Although we’re all quick to invest in the latest miracle serum, our complexion doesn’t stand a chance if our twice-daily cleanse isn’t properly removing make-up and pore-clogging impurities, or worse, is damaging our skin barrier function.
Proper cleansing is anything but basic yet here’s some basic tips . . .                                                                                                                                                                      
Wash your face morning and night. It’s the skin advice as old as time but most of us will say that in the mornings, your skin is still clean from the night before. That’s not exactly the case. Overnight, your skin cells are hard at work, which means sebum, bacteria and dead cells can accumulate. Wash your face in the am to remove all the waste, prime your skin for your morning skincare routine and remove your nighttime creams and serums used the night before. Even if you wash your face at night and your pillowcases often, an a.m. cleanse is best practice                                                                                                                

Double-cleansing should part of your evening routine- especially if you wear a full face of makeup, work in a polluted area or have combination/oily skin. The first cleanse removes makeup, pollutants and dirt from the day. The second cleanse removes dead skin cells and excess sebum, so that the products you apply afterwards can work all the more effectively

Wash your Hands before you begin any skincare or makeup routine. When you wash your face with unclean hands, you are pushing dirt around on your face and are not leaving a blank canvas for your skincare products to work properly
Use warm water never hot or cold. Hot water has the potential to upset the skin barrier function by inflaming and irritating skin. Cold water won’t have the softening affects needed to thoroughly cleanse and remove make-up residue.

Give your cleanser time to work spend a full minute massaging your cleanser in a circular motion. Not only will this ensure every last bit of dirt and make-up has been removed but the massage stimulates your lymphatic system, which encourages oxygen and blood circulation, reduces puffiness and enhances radiance.

Cleanse before using a scrub. The cleanser will work to remove the pollutants and excess oil from your skin, this then allows your scrub to reveal bright, fresh, evenly toned skin

Apply your moisturizer while your skin is still a bit damp from cleansing. Skin doesn’t need to be bone-dry when you’re done cleansing. It’s okay to leave a thin layer of moisture on your skin since the products you apply next will seal that in. If you wait even a few minutes, the surface cells dehydrate and are actually harder to moisturize

Don’t forget your Neck It’s one of the spots that show signs of aging first, mainly because it’s not a top priority in your skincare regimen. Your neck should be included in every step of your routine, starting with cleansing. When applying your creams and moisturizers, don't skip your neck.

As with most things in life, you need to ensure you’re nailing the basics before acing the advanced, and your skincare is no different.