Are you aware of how important cleansing is? Have you stopped to think of the number of times we touch our face during the day?
A rub of the brow, an itchy spot now and then. Now add your trip to the shop, handling money and pushing your shopping trolley. Add a trip on public transport, turning the door handle, your gym visit and handling the equipment. What about public toilets (hmmm…). Your desk at work – who just used your pen and keyboard. What about or drove the company car – what is on the steering wheel, gear stick or keys?! And the list goes on.
Now touch this to your face, and we have a gorgeous cocktail of microbes, make-up, cellular excretions and decaying cells (everyone has those – sorry) and other external matter. By midmorning, we have the accumulation of everyone and their dog (and possibly their cat) on our faces!
The point is that throughout the day, we pick up large amounts of external matter which has a free radical effect on our skin. A quick wash with water and a face washer is not enough to remove the surface layer of grime that we have accumulated over the day. (How regularly do you change the face washer?) And if it can’t remove the grime effectively, what happens to the build-up within the follicles, as well as the dead skin cells?
That said, you may be leaving out the most important step in your skincare routine – Cleansing.
Maybe you haven’t given much thought to this vital step, or you may believe that water is enough. And please don’t groan that its too time-consuming. You only need 5 minutes twice a day, out of the 1,440 minutes in the day, to effectively cleanse your skin. That still leaves you 23 hours and 50 minutes to do other stuff.
While we sleep our body is at work. The many cellular actions that occur through the sleep period are to assist the body to remove toxins and clean out our cellular decaying matter. Many of these toxins are removed through the skin. The skin is also referred to as a 3rd kidney. Imagine if we start the day with a splash of water, then apply our make-up or sunscreen, then have the days’ activities and a little bit of sweat, then not remove our make-up at night. It’s kind of gross, don’t you think?
Our skin is an excretory organ as well as so much more, but the removal of toxins is a major role our skin plays in the body’s control over biological toxic waste. These toxins should be removed in the morning to ensure they are not playing a role in damaging healthy cells. Make-up must be removed completely at night, and the skins secretions and excretions have to be gently removed from the skin’s surface.
Queue the Cleanser…
Skin is such a delicate organ. We must have the appropriate cleanser prescribed by a skin therapist/aesthetician to ensure the best results. Did you know that a cleanser can actually treat your skin while gently cleansing? It can help certain skin conditions such as sensitivity, dehydration, or capillary problems. Cleansers can also help to repair, support and strengthen the skin; control bacteria; unplug blockages; as well as nourish and rebalance the skin.