Although it’s very invigorating and hygienic, your facial skin may suffer if you abuse this routine every morning. Here are a few tips
There is nothing more pleasant and refreshing than starting the day with a good face wash. Cold water is sometimes more stimulating than the strongest coffee. Maybe you have internalized this as a habit since you were a child. If so, congratulations: after all, washing your face after getting up or before going to bed removes the traces of dirt lodged in the skin that we accumulate during the day.
Above all, it’s important that even if you don’t do it every day, every once in a while you undergo this particular routine, as dermatologist Leah Ansell advises in a recent article published in Best Life magazine. “If you never wash your face, a long list of gross stuff will start to build up, creating a film of grime on your skin,” she warns. And this also has health consequences: “It can lead to bacterial infections such as folliculitis or acne.
“If you give your face a break from time to time, your skin will have a chance to restore its natural oils.”
But it’s also not wise to overdo it. If we wash our face too much, we can incur a series of damage to the skin similar, for example, to showering or bathing every day. Especially if we shower every day, for which it will be totally unnecessary. Although, as we said, it’s great for waking up full of energy, here are some reasons why you should moderate your daily face washes.
Your skin’s natural barrier will thank you
“Over-washing your face can strip your skin of its natural oils, which will eventually lead to dryness, irritation and even, in more severe cases, acne,” says Marina Sominsky, a dermatologist. “If you give your face a break from time to time, your skin will have a chance to restore its natural oils and keep moisture in balance.”
Your skin will dry out more
As you may well know, in summer, the time when we wet our skin the most and take showers to cool down, this organ tends to worsen its condition. This is because too much moisture paradoxically causes the skin to dry out more, as it is not able to retain the water particles inside it as effectively. Then, when that continuous moisture goes away, its ability to absorb nutrients decreases, which diminishes natural hydration.
Your skin cleanses itself
You may not know it, but while you sleep, “your body is regenerating skin cells,” explains Valerie Aparovich, an American esthetician. “The body is very smart. Its cells heal and repair, replenishing the deficiency of essential substances it needs.” Still, she admits that airborne pollution, viruses and bacteria and sun damage, as well as excessive make-up habits, significantly affect the skin, damaging its natural barrier.
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