When your skin looks and feels soft, strong and supple, you undoubtedly glow from the inside out. Clearing away dead skin cells, unclogging pores and unveiling the fresh skin underneath can be very therapeutic and a big confidence boost.
While a skin cleanse is one of the easiest, most basic things you can do for your skin care, there are things you can do to enhance its effectiveness.
Skin cleanse essentials
A good, thorough skin cleanse routine involves several products working together to exfoliate, moisturise and tone the skin in order to get it looking its absolute best. These include:
- Beauty Kin Clarifying Body Bar
- A gentle cleanser
- A good moisturiser
- A toner with active ingredients
- Lukewarm water
- Clean towel
Beauty Kin's Clarifying Body Bar is full of active ingredients, such as tamanu oil and salicylic acid that target blemishes on the skin. It’s completely soap free and perfectly pH-balanced, which makes it very gentle on the skin.
Cleansers are typically non-foaming and are very good at wiping away dirt or make-up. Skin that is prone to acne breakouts will benefit from a gentle clarifying cleanser with salicylic acid or tomato seed oil.
An effective moisturiser will keep freshly exfoliated or shaved skin hydrated and soft. The new skin needs moisture in order to retain its dewy glow.
A toner will help to rebalance the skin after a cleanse. They are usually lightweight, liquid formulas which reset the skin’s pH but that often contain active ingredients to target specific skin problems. Toners containing salicylic acid will help soothe and prevent acne while ingredients like rosewater have anti-aging powers.
Lukewarm is the perfect water temperature for cleansing of all skin types. It’s unlikely to dry out your skin like hot water or tighten the pores like cold water.
Tips for the best skin cleanse
It’s true that cleansing your skin is a quick, easy job but there are some things you can do to transform a good skin cleanse into a great skin cleanse. Our top tips for the best, most effective skin cleanse are:
Try the 60 second washThere is a growing body of evidence that suggests spending 60 seconds on your daily face cleanse cleans out the pores, clears away excess oil and softens the skin. While a whole minute of massaging your skin may seem like a long time, your cleanser needs every second of that time to really work its magic. Slow down, your skin will really thank you for it!
Don’t use soapMost soaps that are readily available are too harsh for your skin. They can change the pH balance of your skin, opening the door to more bacteria. Our Clarifying Body Bar is soap free and contains natural, soothing active ingredients that go gently on the skin.
Go easy on exfoliationThere’s no need to scrub your skin while cleansing, as this can remove the protective layer on the surface of your skin. Use your fingertips to gently massage your cleanser and moisturiser into your skin. Our Exfoliating Body Bar treats the skin to a soft lather while removing dead skin cells and unclogging the pores.
Don’t forget to moisturiseWhile freshly cleansed skin might look and feel shiny and healthy, it still needs to stay hydrated. It’s important to moisturise right after your cleanse in order to keep it from drying out.
Pat dry with a clean towelAfter your cleanse, don’t scrub your skin with a towel. Soft pats will effectively dry your skin without causing any damage to the surface layer. Alternatively, don’t forgo the towel altogether and leave drying up to evaporation as evidence suggests that this leads to increased dryness.
For more tips and information on the world of cleansing, have a read of our post on clarifying cleansers. In order to keep dryness, acne and even signs of aging at bay, regular skin cleansing is an important habit to develop. You’ll look and feel amazing for it!