Our skin, like all of our organs, is a fantastic collection of cells that more or less harmoniously fulfill a specific function that keeps us, the greater organism, alive and healthy. All of the things your skin does every day are easy to miss given most of the time they aren’t visible. Your skin heals itself, secretes oils to protect and hydrate itself, generates layers of dead skin cells as further protection, and countless other little things all the time. It is little wonder that sometimes things can end up being a little cluttered. All those oils can catch dead skin cells that your body is trying to shed as well as all the dirt and grime you encounter each day. Those can end up clogging your pores and fostering an environment perfect for bacteria. That’s why we use good skincare to help support our skin. Sometimes that skincare means taking the time to deep cleanse our skin to get rid of any built up and ground in grime. Not only does this help our skin be healthier, but it also helps us look our best. Let’s take a quick look at how to do it.
Steam Is Your Friend
Loosening up what’s on your skin is properly one of the best favors you can do for yourself when trying to deep cleanse your skin. Things tend to become set as oils dry enough to hold or get dried about the things they absorb. This tends to be the biggest issue for things stuck down in your pores as it is hard for anything to get by clogs. That’s where steaming your skin comes in handy. The warmth and dampness of steamy air is just the right thing to loosen up things stuck in your pores and on your skin. All the damp air injects moisture back into the mix while the heat encourages oils to a resume a more liquid state. This can open up tiny gaps in the clogs in your pores which the air can seep past and further loosen things over time. You don’t even need access to a steam room to enjoy this. All it takes is putting a towel over your head while you holding it over a bowl of steaming water. Sitting in a warm bath can also do much the same thing in some cases. The key here is that you’re preparing your skin for the full deep cleanse.
Double cleansing is a technique meant to deeply cleanse the skin and get rid of as many unwelcome blockages and as much grime as possible. It does this by taking a two-fold approach to the problem. The things that build up on your skin are a mixture of separate things that react better to oil or water depending on what they are and double cleansing uses this to its advantage. It begins with a standard rinse with lukewarm to warm water before moving on to an oil-based cleanser. The oil-based cleanser is there to help actually break up the natural oils stuck to your skin as well as any product residue with a similar consistency. This tends to be mostly makeup residue overall. Removing the oil-based issues allows you to rinse and then move on to a water-based cleanser to finish cleaning up. Having already dealt with the oils, you will experience a greater benefit from the water-based cleanser as it is better able to strip away dirt, grime, and dead skin cells. This should leave your skin cleaner than it has been in a while.
Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the last thing you’re going to want to do if you truly want to deep cleanse your skin. The combination of steam and double cleansing should mostly clean up the things your skin doesn’t want on it and clean out your pores fairly well. Exfoliation helps to remove a few layers of dead skin to loosen up anything that is left as well as reducing the amount of materials available to contribute to future clogged pores for a little while. It doesn’t really matter if you favor chemical or physical exfoliation either. All you need to do is actually exfoliate. An at-home chemical peel product can be a particularly good choice here for a deep, thorough cleaning, but you will need to remember your aftercare for the next few days to ensure the skin heals well. Less potent products will work just as well. Just remember to avoid using rougher products such as a salt scrub on the face so that you don’t cause countless tiny cuts that hurt your skin’s health over the long term.
Deep cleansing one’s skin is something we should all do from time to time. It helps clear up problem areas that build up and lets us return all the favors our skin does for us. While it may seem like it would take a long time, a decent deep cleanse doesn’t have to take more than a half hour in most cases. Your product choices will determine the overall time investment. If none of this seems appealing, you can always get a treatment at a spa and the benefits you’ll get from that as well.