Cleansing is a vital part of the skincare routine. It is one of the fundamental skincare basics. Cleansing helps remove dirt, sweat, oil, bacteria, and makeup from the skin. Furthermore, the act of cleansing promotes natural exfoliation. A proper cleanse helps with acne, prevents skin inflammation, and enhances the efficacy of your skincare.
Here, we debunk three myths and misconceptions associated with cleansing.
Myth #1: Cleansing Should Be Twice A Day
It depends on your skin type. For example, oily skin produces more sebum overnight and will benefit from using a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser in the morning. On the other hand, dry and sensitive skin can use a cream-based gentle cleanser but may find using water is enough.
Myth #2: Double Cleansing Is Necessary To Remove Sunscreen, Sebum, and Makeup Effectively
Cleansing technology has greatly advanced in recent years to remove sunscreen, dirt, oil, and makeup effectively. Double cleansing uses the idea of “like dissolve like” to remove heavy and waterproof makeup thoroughly- traditionally using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser. Double cleansing is best for people who wear a lot of heavy and waterproof makeup and sunscreen. However, remember that too frequent or aggressive cleansing can damage the skin barrier and irritate the skin.
Myth #3: Using Cold Water Will Help to Tighten Pores
Pores are openings that cannot get open, close, or contracted. Therefore, many factors play into the size of pores. Although there are ways to camouflage or temporarily reduce the appearance, it is challenging and almost impossible to decrease pore size permanently. It’s advisable to use lukewarm water when cleansing. Too cold or hot water can irritate and damage the skin.