Dr. Cristina Garcia Millan
I am Cristina García Millán, Dermatologist. I am specialized in Aesthetic and Pediatric Dermatology. I run a school of Atopic Dermatitis.
In my practice, one of the tips I give daily so that my patients have healthy skin is the need to cleanse the skin every day as an essential routine. Especially before applying the rest of the products, since in order for them to penetrate the skin correctly and maximize their effectiveness, it must be perfectly clean.
I know that sometimes we get lazy, and that even if we don't put on makeup we think it's not necessary, but you have to think that the skin is exposed to external agents such as pollution or sunlight and this means that if or if our skin go dirtying and, therefore, aging. What's more, I dare you that one day you don't put on make-up and at night, you apply your make-up remover and you pass a cotton. I assure you that it will not come out white!!
Tips for applying a facial cleanser
So yes or yes, you should clean your skin every day to keep it healthy and clean. Each patient is different and cleaning routines vary depending on the type of skin. So skin with rosacea is not the same as acne-prone skin. What is essential is to get in the habit of carrying out this process before applying your usual skin care routine. If you have doubts about what cleaning you should apply to your skin, the ideal is that you can consult with your trusted dermatologist, however, below I will explain some basic tips so that you can apply them:
1- If you have oily skin , that is, it has excess oil and shiny notes in areas such as the nose, forehead or chin, it is recommended that you use a cleansing gel that is as neutral as possible twice a day; morning and night. This helps to eliminate excess sebum and nuance shine. Then gently dry your face with a towel.
2- If your skin is dry , that is, you notice tight skin and lack of hydration, you should avoid traditional soap that tends to dry out even more, avoid very hot water that eliminates the protective barrier of the skin, and finally use a gel or tonic to help recover the hydration
3- If you suffer from acne , the most important thing is cleanliness and, therefore, you must ensure that before starting your acne treatment, you apply the correct product.
"Depending on your type of acne, your dermatologist will recommend a more or less aggressive cleansing routine. But if you can start with a good cleansing gel, wash your face with cold water and dry with a cotton towel"
A very comfortable and easy-to-apply cleaning routine that I personally like a lot is to make this habit 2 times a day, morning and night with a neutral cleansing gel. My recommendation is in the morning and before showering, wash your face with the cleansing gel and rinse with cold water. After the shower you can now apply your facial routine for the day. At night the same system; You apply the gel, massage and after 2-3 minutes rinse with water. From here you can apply your night routine products.
Again, the type of gel to apply will depend on the type of skin you have.
I always recommend products containing natural ingredients, and soothing active ingredients such as Aloe Vera, which is an important cell regenerator and toner, Mallow Extract with moisturizing, emollient and soothing action, Chamomile with decongestant and softening properties, or Calendula, ideal for calming sensitive skin.