Skin must be cleansed often or once in a while depending on its needs. It really does not matter when you clean it: most people choose for the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, simply because these times are convenient.
In the morning, cleansing the skin is very refreshing. Also, if you have to apply make-up, you would get a better “finish” on the just cleansed skin.
How often must you clean your face?
Most people do this 2-3 times a day this is adequate for normal skins. But, if you have oily skin or if you are exposed to a lot of “grime and dirt” during the course of the day, a more frequent cleaning is very essential-even 4-5 times a day may be necessary, using either a soap or some kind of cleansing agent.
For dry skin , it is possible to harm it with too frequent a cleaning, avoid too frequent washing and you may even have to use a suitable oil-based cosmetic cleanser instead of soap, which has a drying effect. How you clean your face is equally important. If the end of the day cleansing involves removing make-up as well as grime and dirt that has accumulated during the day, then it should definitely be a thorough job. Provided you clean your face well at night, the morning session need not be too elaborate.
What should you use for cleansing?
There is a wide variety of soap products available in the market but don’t prefer the soap for cleansing. There are many disadvantages of applying soap on face. some of them are given below.
- Soap attracts dirt, and can also cause irritation to the skin.
- In hard water areas, soap residue if left on the skin can combine with the salts in the water to form a scum, which is really very difficult to remove.
- One unfortunate effect of soaps is that they remove some natural oils from the skin-this has a drying effect. The dryness, however is easily encountered by using a moisturizing cream after washing with soap.
- If you have a normal skin, then 2-3 washes with soap will not do your skin any harm, while an oily skin will benefit from an even more frequent cleansing with soap and water.
There are a wide number of soaps like
Medicated soaps( which have an antiseptic added and may some times cause allergies)
pH soaps (these are marginally superior to ordinary soaps),
Moisturizing Soaps(these do not have any advantage over other soaps because the rinsing, after the washing, removes the moisturising ingredients)
Super fatted soaps (these soaps can be used on a dry skin)
Transparent soaps (they are not more effective or safer than ordinary soaps)
Liquid soaps (they offer no advantage over other soaps)
perfumed soaps (These soaps contain natural or artificial perfumes and thus may cause allergic reactions).
There are several alternatives to soap and water cleansing- creams, milks, lotions, foams, oils, gels andliquids. All these are rather closely related-much more than you can imagine.
All arebasically a mixture of an oil, wax and water but manufacturers modify the formula to suit different skin types-those for dry skins remove less oil from the skin, and may even add some, whilst cleansers for oily skins are designed to remove more oil and add none to the skin.
It is also possible to clean your face equally efficiently with baby oil, liquid oaraffin or vegetableoils. All of these remove make-up and dirt. But they are not pleasant smelling.
A cotton pad dipped in fresh milk is a cheap but equally effective cleanser. If you do use any of these, and especially if you have an oily skin, it is ecessary to wash the residue off with soap and water and to dab your face well with an astringent.