The Key to Cleansing
Cleansing is the first step to any skincare routine. Now what type of cleanser you choose is just as important. Your requirement for an effective cleanser should be a water-based, pH balanced cleanser that has a good detergent to clean deep within the pores. We have 2,800 openings per square inch of skin. Remember, skin is an organ of the body and with that said, anatomically speaking, you should be able to use the same cleanser from head-to-toe!
Water is what flushes in and out of 2,800 openings per square inch of skin. Having water as the main ingredient is key to the cleansing process.
Let’s look at pH balance and what this means for the products you use and for your skin. To begin, the pH of skin is 4.5 – 5.5 on a pH scale and it is acid in nature. There are three very distinct characteristics to this acid mantle on our skin
- Acid repels bacteria. This pH acid mantle protects us from the world we live in.
- Acid hardens. Once again, protecting us from the environment. Skin is hard.
- Acid keeps the skin supple and hydrated.
Therefore, the products you use on your skin daily should be pH balanced. Changing the pH of our skin leaves the skin vulnerable to a myriad of skin problems.
Is it necessary to have an additional step in cleansing? A step to exfoliate? The answer is no! Your cleansers “job” is to exfoliate. It should remove dirt and excess oil from the top layers and your pores as well as dead cell build-up from the skin. If your cleansing routine requires a two step process you must question what’s in step one that I need step two?
Cleansing should be a very simple, non aggressive step to your daily skincare routine. Your cleanser should deliver immediate, positive results for your skin! Never forget that what you are cleansing is the largest, uninterrupted organ of your body!