Please don't tell me you go to bed without washing your face! Your body is designed to repair and rejuvenate itself while you are sleeping. In order to allow your skin to do this, it's crucial for it to be clean first.
After removing your eye and face makeup with a gentle, oil-free makeup remover, the next step of your skincare regimen is to cleanse the skin. You've got to remove that makeup, dirt and pollution from the day. In fact, if you're not happy with the current condition of your skin, it may be because you're not using a cleanser with the right ingredients.
In order to choose the right cleanser for your skin, it's important that you always read the active ingredients present in the product before purchasing it. Steer clear of products containing harsh ingredients such as: sodium laurel sulfate, petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil or propylene glycol, synthetic color, synthetic fragrance and comedogenic ingredients.
Cleansers are not "one-size fits all." You need to pick the right cleanser for you!
If you have aging skin, are experiencing dryness or are sensitive to a lot of skincare products, try a cream-based cleanser. If you have normal, combination or oily skin you should use a gel based cleanser. If your skin requires an anti-acne cleanser then be sure to look for products that contain salicylic or benzoyl peroxide.
After thoroughly cleansing your face, you can apply your serum, moisturizer, night cream, etc. (I'll be blogging on the uses of these products in the days to come). Now that your skin is clean you can be assured that whatever treatment you apply will absorb and penetrate deeper into the skin to do exactly what it is designed to do - correct your skin!
Women often ask me how many times a day they should cleanse their skin- the answer is, it depends on your skin type! (Remember, skin care is not "one size fits all") If you have a Combination, Oily or Acne skin you should cleanse twice daily. If you have a Normal, Dry or Sensitive skin you should always cleanse in the evening. In the morning you could either use cleanser or you could just use a toner instead to refresh the skin before applying moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup.
There are times when Janae recommends two different cleansers. One for evening and one for morning. If you are using a stronger cleanser like an Acne Cleanser at night your skin might not need or be able to tolerate twice a day, so you'd want to use a more gentle cleanser in the morning, keeping your skin from becoming too dry or irritated.
If you are wanting to see healthier more radiant skin and don't already use a cleanser that is suited to your specific needs, try Janae's recommendations for your unique skin type and condition and see what a difference using the right cleanser can make for your complexion!
If you experience dryness, have an aging skin and have sensitivity to skincare products:
Janae Recommends: Ultra Gentle Cleansing Lotion
If you experience an oily t-zone or oily skin and have sensitivity to skincare products:
Janae Recommends: Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel
If you are experiencing dryness, aging skin or sun damage:
Janae Recommends: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
If you experience a normal/comb/slightly oily as well as hyper-pigmentation or sun damage:
Janae Recommends: Glycolic Cleanser (AHA)
If you are experiencing oily t-zone, oily skin, acne-prone or rosacea symptoms:
Janae Recommends: Pore Clearing Cleanser (Salicylic)
If you are experiencing moderate to severe acne:
Janae Recommends: Acne Cleanser (Benzoyl Peroxide)
If you would like more personalized recommendations for your specific skin needs please utilize my contact page or simply leave a comment below!