How to cleanse your face

A step-by-step guide to cleanse your face -- whatever your skin type is. Tailor-make a cleansing routine for your skin. If it's...

Dry or sensitive
Use cleansing milk rather than a foaming wash to prevent skin from drying out, and avoid products with mineral oils and alcohol as these can irritate the skin. Choose a granule free or enzymatic exfoliator, and follow with a hydrating mask to put back moisture. Keeping things simple will ensure you don't overload your skin with ingredients and will minimise reactions.

Normal to combination
There are a variety of products, which can be used without too many problems. You may need to pay special attention to an oily t-zone and use a hydrating moisturizer if your cheeks tend to be drier than the rest of your face. Regular exfoliation will keep skin looking healthy, and a weekly mask will benefit specific needs like rejuvenation.

Oily or acne-prone
A good-quality facial wash is the basis of clean, spot-free skin. Use products with ingredients like salicylic acid, sulphur and clay, which remove excess sebum and impurities. Look for formulas that are oil-free, avoid extra rich products and exfoliate twice a week to remove dead skin cells. Never sleep with make-up on to avoid blocking pores.

Look for products with anti-wrinkle or lifting actions and be vigilant about removing make-up each day to keep skin fresh. Cleansing milks and lotions tend to benefit women experiencing a loss in moisture and a firming or collagen-rich mask will help keep skin plumped and youthful.

Never cleanse your face with extreme temperatures like hot or cold, always use tepid water to avoid over-stimulation or increased sensitivity.

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