From about the time we start learning about puberty, it’s ingrained in us that face washing is an important part of our daily personal hygiene routine. But as we get older, that routine gets more involved, we develop other routines, and some things tend to get pushed to the bottom of our list of things to do. Every day we brush, floss, shower, moisturize, wear deodorant, exercise, hydrate, eat a balanced breakfast, get the kids off to school, meditate, journal, take our contacts out, walk the dog, and get an adequate amount of sleep, among so many other things. Do we always remember, make the time or have the energy for daily face washing? Maybe not. Should we? Definitely. Read on to find out why.
As you go through your day, the skin on your face is exposed to dust, dirt, germs, and pollution in the air around you. It’s the one area of your body besides the hair on your head that is constantly open to your environment. Throughout the day, that environment builds up on the surface of your skin and if you neglect to wash your face, it’s still there as you climb into bed. Though you may not always be able to see it, this kind of buildup can cause irritation, clog pores, and leave your skin looking dull.
Simply washing your face twice a day and after sweating can help you put a fresh face to the world. We recommend finding a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser formulated for your specific skin type and incorporating it into your skin care regimen. Always use warm water rather than hot, to avoid irritating, drying out or damaging your skin. Washing your face after using makeup is particularly important, especially for the extra delicate skin around your eyes. Always avoid harsh scrubbing or the use of exfoliants around your eyes.
Besides the obvious benefits of clearer, brighter skin, daily face washing encourages the skin’s production of natural oils that protect your face and keep it more hydrated. So, as you wind down at night, be sure to take a few minutes to wash all of the day’s debris off your face and right down the drain. Your pillowcases will thank you as well!
If you have questions on how to best care for your skin or what products will be best for your skin type, call our caring Derick Dermatology professionals in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, McHenry, Park Ridge, Naperville, and soon in Oak Brook.