It never dawned on me that people ever doubted washing their face twice a day, probably because I’m so used to it and expect all my clients to do it. When one of my clients/readers told me that so many people tell her not to wash her face in the morning I figured this called for a blog post, ASAP.
It is important to wash your face in both the morning and evening,
particularly for those people with ‘oily’ skin but it is STILL important for those with normal to dry skin. Some people think, “Why should you wash your face in the morning if
you washed your face immediately before going to sleep?” While you are sleeping, dead skin
cells can collect in your pores and the sebaceous glands on your face
continue to produce sebum. If this sebum is allowed to collect in the
pores and mix with dead skin cells that are normally on your skin, it
can lead to build up and clogged pores. Plus, I look at it as a way to wake my face up and get on with my day.
By washing in the morning, in addition to your regular evening
routine, you clean before the clogged pores have a chance
to develop. I recommend that everyone cleanse with a gentle cleanser
once daily, and glycolic acid cleanser for their second daily wash in the evening.
Normal skin should be washed twice daily. Wash once in the morning with a mild cleanser, to remove any dirt or oil that has built
up while sleeping. (My Favorite: Algotherm Milk Cleanser). Dry the face, and go about your daily moisturizing
and makeup application. In the evening, wash with a mild cleanser or even one with glycolic (Glycolic Cleanser from Martine’s Skin Care) if you are looking to exfoliate a bit. If wearing
long-lasting eye makeup, be sure to use an eye makeup remover designed
specifically to remove thick mascara and eyeliner.
People are always extremely afraid with dry skin that they are washing too often and over-drying their skin. This definitely could happen, however, if you are using the right products this should never happen. Take it from me, my skin is extremely dry but I wash twice a day and moisturize twice a day and feel great. You want to always make sure to choose a cleanser/moisturizer specifically for dry skin. Milk cleansers are ideal because these cleanse your skin while hydrating it as well. Avoid salicylic acid washes and opt for glycolic cleansers instead and don’t overdue it. I always choose to use my Algotherm Milk Cleanser in the morning and my Glycolic Cleanser in the evening. If I feel exceptionally dry, I avoid the glycolic for a few days and just wash with the Algotherm cleanser day and night.
Oily skin should be washed at least twice daily with something designed for oily skin. Oily skin requires a little more treatment because dirt & oil build up in the pores very quickly. People with oily skin can tolerate glycolic more often (although you still do not want to overdue it). Oily skin can also tolerate more gel based cleansers as opposed to milk cleansers. (Milk cleansers are a little more hydrating and work well for normal-dry skin). Toner can also be used throughout the day if needed.
I hope this helped some of you make the decision of whether or not to wash twice a day. I know I do and I’ve been working in this field for over two years now and been the daughter of an Esthetician for 25 years and never heard otherwise. 😉