August 04, 2021
Cleansing is the foundation for everything we do in skincare. Improper cleansing will result in washing our money down the drain. Other products simply won't be as effective on partially clean skin, or harshly cleansed skin.
If you've ever washed your face and then noticed your drying cloth still shows signs of makeup or grime, your face is NOT clean and it's NOT because you didn't use enough cleanser. It's because you're cleansing practice needs refined.
The secret to cleansing like a Pro is the double cleanse protocol. I know. I know. It's a little more work but you will LOVE how your skin looks and feels. Plus, you will be setting the stage for BETTER RESULTS with the rest of the skincare products you're using.
It is important to note that cleansing should not strip the skin barrier of the good stuff. Human skin isn't like a cowhide that requires rough scrubbing and harsh chemicals to tame it. Human skin needs a GENTLE, PH balanced cleanser, steps that thoroughly remove makeup and grime, and respect for the delicate nature of human skin for the best care.
In the double cleanse protocol, we remove makeup and some dirt from the surface of the skin with the first cleanse. Like we've all seen on a dirty drying cloth, that's not enough. The second cleanse gets the remaining dirt AND gets into the pores. Larger looking pores are often the result of grime left on the skin causing an over production of oil, which attracts more dirt filling and stretching the pores. Get those pores clean and they'll tighten up.
Don't be mislead by the recent YouTube oil cleanse for the face. There is very little research validating it is a good long term solution for cleansing. From my 20 years of hands-on experience, an oil cleanse ends up being more drying than it is nourishing. Using oil to remove oil can remove too much of what is needed to maintain a healthy skin barrier. For example, caster oil is astringent and is very drying. This is especially troublesome for mature skin that is lacking moisture.
I recommend sticking to PH balanced cleansers with a very low amount of oil in them. Any oil in the cleanser should be near the middle or bottom of the ingredient list indicating smaller amounts.
Here's the steps to a PRO Double Cleanse:
Give the PRO double cleanse protocol a try and I'm certain you will never go back to the old fashioned way of cleansing the face.
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