Tips and Tricks: Healthy Skin Begins With Proper Cleansing

The first step in having truly clear and radiant skin is proper cleansing, but did you know there are right and wrong ways to cleanse the skin? You can be too rough, cleanse too often, or even not cleanse thoroughly enough. Clean skin better absorbs treatment products like serums and moisturizers, making them more effective and promoting better results. To really remove all impurities and bacteria that we accumulate throughout the day, even a cleanser sometimes just isn’t enough. Here are some of our favorite techniques and recommendations to keep in mind for cleansing the skin properly, morning and evening.1) Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems: typically, manual cleansing with the hands often leaves behind dirt and oil trapped in pores. The Clarisonic brushes gently yet effectively remove 6x more makeup and 2x more dirt and oil than manually through a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second! Many of our customers use their Clarisonic with their Somme Institute Nourishing Cleanser to see better results. clarisonic.com ($119-$225)2) Remove Makeup Before Cleansing: think about how much makeup, dirt, bacteria and oil your skin accumulates throughout the day. Placing your cleanser on top of all of this build up makes it less effective, and prevents your skin from reaching its most clean state. It’s always better to pre-rinse the skin before applying your cleanser so that there is somewhat of a clean palette to work with, and there is nothing between the cleanser and your pores. We love makeup remover pads, which remove everything in one quick, easy step. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, neutrogena.com ($6.99)

3) Don’t Rush: in the morning, you can skip the cleansing if you’ve been diligent with your night time routine. If you’ve properly cleansed your skin before going to bed (never sleep with your makeup on!), then simply rinsing with warm water or a hot washcloth in the morning is ideal. Cleansing in the evening is a different story! You already know from #2 that your skin is most likely loaded with pore-clogging agents from your daily commute. Don’t rush your night time routine. “Try to spend at least two minutes in the evening massaging your cleanser into the skin. It will be brighter in the morning,” says Somme Institute Founder and Lead Researcher, Simon Erani. Using a Clarisonic brush also helps prevent rushing–it vibrates for a full 60 seconds and beeps when you’re skin is cleansed. What’s easier than that?

4) Use A Washcloth: so now you’ve carefully removed your makeup with the makeup removing pads of your choice, followed it by your favorite cleanser, and took your time. Now what? Soak a clean wash cloth in hot water. Let the hot wash cloth sit on the skin for a few seconds. The hot water will open up and thoroughly clean the pores one last time. Then, proceed to wipe away the cleanser and any other excess bacteria that might be left behind. The rough texture of the washcloth also acts as an exfoliant, which will remove dead skin.

When you’re done cleansing, splash your face with cold water (this closes the pores), and follow up with your favorite products.

What rituals do you use at home to make your skin feel it’s cleanest?