Do you wash your face before you go to sleep at night?
While it might get overshadowed by moisturising and the use of anti-ageing products, cleansing is an incredibly important part of any beauty and skin care routine.
However, thorough cleansing isn't just for those who wear a full face of makeup. Pollution and other grime have a way of building up throughout the day, so in order to keep your skin clean and healthy, it is important to use the right products, the right way.
Here we look at how you can optimise your skincare routine by double cleansing.
Skincare 101: The Double Cleanse. Our Global Training Director Tracey Beeby says 'Cleansing is the most important part of you skincare regimen. The first cleanse removes makeup and grime that accumulates during the day; the second cleanse is able to deeply and throughly cleanse the pores to create a clean canvas for active treatment and hydrating products to penetrate into the skin' #ultraceuticals #realvisibleresults #skincare #beauty
The origins of the double cleanse
If you have heard of double cleansing before, you may have found yourself wondering whether it is worth spending the extra time cleaning your face. However, unlike other beauty fads, there is some solid logic behind this trend.
Double cleansing, in fact, is nothing new. It is believed to have first been practised centuries ago by Japanese women looking to remove the thick, white base which served as the foundation of their makeup. Cleansing oils were the only product that could remove this very difficult, paint-like foundation which traumatised the skin. After the makeup was removed, a second wash using a foam-like cleanser helped to remove any residuals from the oil.
The problem with most cleansing oils is that they are mineral oil-based, which causes clogging and a form of congestion called Acne Cosmetica. To make matters worse, commonly used foaming cleansers can also strip the skin in an attempt to remove these oils.
While some modern day cleansing oils may not contain mineral oil, they can still interfere with the overall skin lipid balance, removing healthy oils and potentially causing more dehydration.
The importance of thorough cleansing
Your initial cleansing should address your makeup, from foundation to more stubborn eye liner and lipstick. This first cleanse will also remove any grime or dirt picked up throughout the day, as well as dead skin cells.
The second cleanse works to actively clean the skin itself, with this thorough approach resulting in brighter and clearer skin.
In addition, you will find that using a proper cleanser, suited to your skin type, will be a lot less drying and abrasive than a simple makeup wipe.
Cleansing to maximise the effectiveness of your skin care
At night, our skin goes through various natural processes to restore and regenerate itself, which can be compromised by the presence of toxins and oils from makeup and air pollution. Furthermore, any skin care formulas that you use in the evening, from night creams to anti-ageing products, may not have the desired effect, as they have to work through any residue on your skin's surface.
A double cleanse helps to ensure that there is nothing getting in the way of your skin care products being absorbed into the skin.
With the Ultra Cleanse range from Ultraceuticals, there are different options to suit varying skin needs. For people with oily to normal skin, the Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser is a light lathering formula containing soothing cucumber and aloe vera which can remove makeup and other grime, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
There is also the Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser, perfect for those with normal to dry skin. Working to help keep your skin healthy and hydrated, the rich, milky formula contains vitamin E, grape seed oil and provitamin B5 to balance moisture levels to support more youthful, radiant skin.
For more information about how you can optimise your skin care routine, book a consultation with one of our skin technicians today. Trained to prescribe products to treat your specific concerns, you can gain a better understanding about the state of your skin, as well as how to get the results you've been looking for.
You can find out more about skin consultation by reading our recent blog post.