Cleansing beyond face value

As a noted.man, you would have long moved beyond the soap and water guy trope, but for even the most advanced grooming warriors, the basics often still present some questions to be answered and myths to be debunked. MS. MATHAHLE STOFILE tackles those pertaining to cleansing. 

Cleanliness should never be a hard sell for any anybody, so the need for clean skin should never be in question. Your skin is also a canvas for every product you are going to apply and if you are applying it on uncleansed skin, you may as well be throwing them in the bin, because you are applying on a layer of dirt. Cleansing is probably one of the most important things you can do for your skin (that and sunscreen) because if it is cleansed properly, you get the optimum results from your products, they perform at their best, penetrating better, because your skin is exposed and not covered in a dead or dirty layer.

It seems very simple, this cleansing thing: twice a day, every day. But life never sticks to the timetable and we may often find evenings difficult for keeping to this routine. The question becomes how crucial it is to wash your face in the evenings, if you do the same thing anyway, the next morning. One of the many misconceptions about cleansing at night is that it is only for women, who wear makeup during the day and have no choice but to wash it off. Men, I’m afraid, also need to cleanse in the evening.

It seems very simple, this cleansing thing: twice a day, every day. But life never sticks to the timetable and we may often find evenings difficult for keeping to this routine.

The minute you leave your hime to go about your day, you are exposed to pollution, dust particles, free radicals, all things that will stick onto your product. Throughout the day, you are collecting junk on your face and you need a cleanser to get rid of all those impurities. And you can never be too clean, never ‘over cleanse’, it may lead to skin damage of some kind. This is untrue, over cleansing is impossible. You can overexfoliate, but cannot over cleanse. That is, if you are using the correct cleanser.

Different skin types have different compatible cleanser types. If your skin is dry, it is usually sensitive and if you have that kind of skin, you should be using a cream, a milky cleanser (that you will emulsify) or an oil cleanser. You should stay away from foamy cleansers because they are usually a little bit harsher to this skin type. A foamy cleanser is best for someone with oily skin; if your skin is normal or combination, you can get away with either, but oil cleansers are probably the most effective on all skin types – even oily skin, because oil fights oil.

A final note for fathers: get your children (girls and boys) into a skin routine rooted in cleansing from as early as 12 years old. Do not wait until they have a breakout to act, you can find the appropriate products and be preventive in your approach.

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