Washing your face daily is just as important in your skin care regime as it is for you to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep of night.
Your face should be washed twice a day-once in the morning when you first wake up and once at night before you go to sleep.
Why is it so important that you wash your face twice a day?
Because washing your face:
– removes all of the makeup, oil, sunscreen and everyday environmental pollutants from the face
– helps prevent clogged pores, which reduces breakouts
– preps the skin for better product penetration
Research shows cleansing before bed is essential to looking younger, longer. Every day your skin is aging. And the very simple process of washing your face before bed is an excellent way to mitigate the external factors associated with aging and to stimulate the internal processes that fight aging.
Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s very important to wash your face with a cleanser. It’s not just makeup you want to wash off, but also makeup, pollutants, bacteria and unwanted debris off your face.
In addition, it’s important to recognize that properly cleansing the skin prepares your skin to absorb products you may put on after, like a serum or anti-aging cream. Clearing out your pores allows the cream to penetrate into your skin for maximum effectiveness.
Certain physiological changes in the skin occur overnight. Like many of our organs, our skin can tell night from day. Biological processes vary over 24 hours as a result of time-sensitive “clocks” within our cells.
Overnight, the skin needs oxygen to repair itself. And sleeping with your makeup on deprives it of this vital nutrient.
When makeup is left on, it blocks the natural exfoliating process, which can leave your skin looking dull.
Nighttime cleansing is essential for letting anti-aging ingredients work. Nocturnal blood flow in the skin is higher, and when blood flow is increased so is absorption and penetration of ingredients. If you don’t wash your face before bed it’s a missed opportunity to do something great for your skin and to wake up with smoother, softer, clearer skin.
Forgoing nighttime cleansing regularly can give you larger pores. Consider that excess sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and makeup are sitting on your face. A cleanser will emulsify all of these and remove them from the surface of your skin.
Once your collagen levels start to decline (due to aging), the pores do not snap back as easily once they become enlarged. Leaving makeup on can lead to inflammation that can generate free radicals and collagen breakdown.
Nighttime cleansing prevents skin dehydration. This in part causes the skin to lose a significant portion of water at night.
In the morning you have more dead skin cells to slough off, and more excess sebum to emulsify. These can’t be rinsed away with mere water. Water alone removes only about 65% of oil and debris from the surface of the skin. Think about what you’re leaving behind.