Cleanser is the all important first step in any skin care regimen. Cleansers are made to remove cosmetics, surface oil and bacteria from your skin. A great cleanser should leave you feeling clean, soft and smooth, ready for treatment products. So let's start with a clean slate.
Ask the Esthetician:
Q: What's the right cleanser for my skin type?
A: A gel, liquid or foaming cleanser is generally best for oily to combination or blemish prone skin. For those with dry or sensitive skin, or rosacea, a more hydrating lotion or cream formula is recommended. Whatever your skin type and preferred product, your face should feel clean and comfortable after cleansing, not dry or tight.
Q: How many times a day should I cleanse my face?
A: Cleansing your face morning and evening before applying any skin care treatments allows them to penetrate and work more effectively. Skin renews itself overnight, so be sure to at least cleanse your skin from impurities before going to bed. In the shower, wash your face last to remove any traces of hair care or other products you may have used.
Q: Do I need a toner?
A: More than just a product that removes any last traces of dirt and makeup after cleansing, many toners now have added ingredients that provide significant skin enhancing benefits. Choose from a variety of formulas depending on your needs; hydrating, calming and soothing, deep pore cleansing, anti-aging, in solutions or convenient wipes. If you don't have a favorite already, consider adding one to your skin care routine.
Q: What are the benefits of cleansing tools?
A:The popular electronic cleansing brush systems take cleansing to the next level, lifting away excess oils, dirt and impurities without using harsh abrasives or chemicals. Oscillating or rotating brush heads work in conjunction with your cleanser to deep cleanse the skin, leaving it feeling fresh, balanced and smooth.
Q: What if I don't have the time/patience for so many skin care steps?
A: Make it easy with multi-tasking products. Some cleansers remove make-up, tone, contain exfoliating acids or beads to remove dead skin cells, or provide anti-oxidants or other anti-aging benefits. And you'll love the ease of cleansing cloths for travel or when you're running short on time or energy.
Q: What's the right cleanser for my body?
A: The skin on your body deserves the same consideration as the skin on the face, but it could be a different skin type. Keep your skin healthy and in good condition by using a body cleanser that makes your skin feel clean and comfortable. You can do double duty and choose a cleanser that's also moisturizing or exfoliating. When seasonal or hormonal changes affect the texture of skin, you may find it helpful to switch to a cleanser more suited to your skin's current condition.