“I’m exhausted, let me just wash my face with soap and water, it’s not a big deal, anyways”. This is how I literally used to think about washing my face, yet I couldn’t understand why I had such horrible skin. Skin care is so much more than soap and water and the way we treat our skin, especially for those of us with oily, sensitive or acne prone skin. There’s no one single trick that will miraculously transform your skin overnight, however, changing the way you wash it will make your face look better ASAP as well as change the course of your skin damage for years to come.
The Double Cleanse
When I started learning about skin care and how to properly take care of my skin, I realized the biggest part I was missing was properly washing my face! Cleansing and properly cleansing are two different things. I used to have to use a paper towel to not ruin my bath towels after I already “washed” my face; how did I not know, then? I now do a proper double cleanse after I wipe my makeup off with an oil-based makeup wipe with an oil-based cleanser followed by a water based cleanser. My towels thank me.
Double Cleansing: What is an Oil-Based Cleanser?
Oil-based cleansers help remove excess sebum as well as oil-based impurities like makeup, silicones and sunscreens (which you should apply every day).
I use mine twice a day – once in the morning to remove all the sebum and sweat that built overnight (because it does) and when I get home from work to remove my makeup and whatever else is floating in the New York City air (according to Tina Fey every New Yorker has poop on them no matter what).
Below are the 3 current Oil-Based Cleansers I’ve used and swear by:
From Left to Right:
- Banila Co., Clean It Zero Classic | $21
- Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil | $22
- Banila Co., Clean It Zero PURITY for Sensitive Skin | $25
Double Cleaning: What is a Water-Based Cleanser?
Water-based cleanser (used after you wash with an oil-based cleanser) banishes any sweat, dirt or water-based debris still hanging around your face.
You can use a gel or foam cleanser, however I typically use gel. Choosing the right cleanser is all about pH, not the chemical in it! I personally stay away from chemicals; no more benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid for me.
At its healthiest state, your skin should be at a 5.5. Is your skin easily irritated, prone to breakouts and/or very oily? You’re skin may be too acidic. Is your skin dull, extremely dry and/or flaky? It may be too alkaline. If you’d like to know the kind of skin you have and how alkaline/acidic your cleanser it, check out these pH strip here.
The 3 Water-based Cleansers I love:
From Left to Right:
Artistry Essentials Balancing Cleanser | $42
Nature Republic Rose Cleanser | $13
Artistry Hydra-V Gel Cleanser | $24
How to Use Oil and Water-Based Cleansers: A Guide
I created my first YouTube video as part of my #SkinCareSaturdays tutorial and I couldn’t be any more nervous to be on camera but it was so much fun to make and I want to make sure you guys are as informed as possible! Watch below, share, let me know your thoughts or any questions you may have, I’m happy to answer every single one of them!
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