We know that it is imperative to wash our face from time to time, especially at night and early morning. However, that does not entail complete skin cleansing.
Skin cleansing should be a part of routine skin care, because it’s the only way of removing dirt, debris and toxic pollutants from the uppermost layer of the skin. During the day, our skin tends to accumulate plenty of pollution and dirt. It is essential to ensure there is no grime left on the face before going to bed. If you do not cleanse your skin properly, pores will be blocked and your skin will appear dull.
Whether you apply makeup or not, cleaning is a basic necessity for your skin. However, do not over-cleanse your skin. You simply need to wash your face with a mild cleanser depending on your skin type and apply a toner and a moisturizer. That completes skin care.
Research reveals that cleansing your skin before going to bed is quintessential for younger and healthier looking skin. Your skin ages each day. Cleansing your skin before bedtime is the only way of mitigating all those external factors that contribute to aging skin; it also stimulates the body’s ability to fight skin aging.
Research further shows that there are some physiological changes that occur in our skin overnight. Like other organs, the skin also understands the 24 hours clock cycle. Overnight, our skin requires oxygen for support and repair. If you sleep with makeup on, it literally deprives the skin of vital oxygen. Makeup tends to block the skin’s exfoliating power, thus leaving you looking dull.
Nighttime cleansing has been one of the most frequently recommended tips. It is essential to let all the anti-aging ingredients do their job when the body is at rest. At night, blood flow is much higher in the skin compared to in the daytime. With increased blood flow, it is also easier for the ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. So, if you don’t wash your face properly, you will not be able to apply actives to help your skin fight aging.
Dermatologists reveal that if you forego nighttime skin cleansing, you will have enlarged pores on your face. You have to consider the fact that excess skin oils or sebum, pollution and dead cells are still settled on the face. Makeup is another addition. Cleansers emulsify these harmful elements and remove them. If makeup is left as it is, it will clog pores. Aging causes collagen depletion, which affects pores; the skin pores fail to snap back quickly once they are enlarged. Leaving your makeup on can cause inflammation, which generates collagen breakdown and free radical damage.
Cleansing your skin at night also prevents dehydration. At night, skin temperature is usually more than the day, which causes trans-epidermal loss of water or evaporation. This is a cause of loss of water from the skin. Therefore, after washing your face at night, you must apply a deep-absorbing moisturizer that will hydrate the skin when you are off to sleep.
It’s not only nighttime cleansing that you should think of, daytime cleansing is equally important. Skin recovers overnight and that clearly indicates that during the daytime there will be more dead cells on the skin. It’s not possible to rinse away those dead cells with water. Therefore, daytime cleansing is also required to wipe out excess sebum and dead cells from the skin using a gentle skin cleanser.