Facial cleansing: how and why to wash your face

Llast in order of time was Kate Hudson who ad Allure Magazine she stated that she no longer washes her face in the morning. The reason? Her skin would be too sensitive, especially upon waking, to tolerate hot water and detergents. Nevertheless experts have always stressed the importance of cleansing the face twice a day, so as to eliminate all impurities from the skin. So how to adjust?

Facial cleansing, why yes, why not

Kate Hudson is right, who claims that Is washing your face morning and night too aggressive?

“No. The skin is an organ in continuous renewal and cleansing is essential both since strictly hygienic point of view and to keep the epidermis and its skin appendages in good condition» explain dal BioNike scientific marketing team.

«Not only that, but the skin is also the part of the body most exposed to external agents, in particularatmospheric pollution which, depositing on it every day, damages it accelerating the oxidation process and skin aging. This is why it is essential to carry out daily cleansing so as to remove all polluting particles» adds the doctor Davide Valentino, dermatologist of MioDottore.

What happens to your skin if you don’t wash your face

So what happens to the skin when you don’t wash your face? «Especially in the evening, make-up, external agents and polluting particles are allowed to clog the pores allowing the appearance of blackheads. Also you have a increased skin oxidation resulting in dull skin and an acceleration of the skin aging process» they explain from BioNike.

Facial cleansing: the steps to do it at home

More delicate cleansing: alternate hot and cold water

The fundamental element for correct cleansing is water: «It is true that very hard water, i.e. very rich in limestone, can be slightly more degreasing and therefore potentially able to generate discomfort cutaneous in a particularly thin and delicate skin. However, at least once a day, it is advisable to wash yourself with running water or alternatively the mineral one» they declare from the company.

In fact, water allows deep cleaning and as Dr. Valentino points out, «The ideal is to always perform a first wash with warm waterto stimulate a vasodilation and therefore increase the blood supply, and continue with that fresh, to stimulate vasoconstriction. This daily habit allows you to train the small capillaries of the face to become more toned and elastic, improving the microcirculation and therefore hydration and luminosity» explains Dr. Valentini.

Second step, the right detergent

After water, the second essential element for proper facial cleansing is the cleanser.

«I tend to recommend avoiding foaming cleanserswidely used in double cleansing, since being rich in surfactants, they remove and degrease deeply, also damaging the hydro-lipid surface barrier. Better to choose more delicate formulations »explains the dermatologist.

To this general rule, the epidermal needs are added: for the more mature, drier and reactive skins «cleansing milk is ideal which combines a hydrating-soothing activity with a washing action».

For oily, combination and sebaceous skins “delicate cleansers are recommended, possibly with a small percentage, between 2 and 5%, of salicylic acid and those with a purifying action should be avoided because they remove superficial lipids and sebum only temporarily, then stimulating sebaceous overproduction.

Dry your face properly

Finally the towel, why the drying phase of the face is essential. In fact, some epidermal problems, such as clogged pores or too dry skin, can in fact also derive from how you dry your face: «It is important to choose a 100% cotton towel, as it is the most delicate fiber for the skin» explains Dr. Valentini.

Furthermore never rub but dab so as not to stress the skin too much and not dry from top to bottom otherwise the epidermal scales open carrying bacteria all over the face.