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Face washing; the very first step you can't afford to screw up

By Josh Sim, Aesthetic and Better Ageing Specialist


Our face is exposed to various environmental factors like pollution, dirt, and bacteria throughout the day, and when left on the skin, these impurities can settle on the skin's surface and clog pores, leading to acne breakouts and other skin problems. Washing your face is important as it helps to remove these impurities, which in turn helps to prevent acne breakouts and other skin problems.

When you wash your face, you also remove any impurities that may prevent skincare products like serums or moisturisers from absorbing into the skin, helping to maximise the benefits of your products and making your skincare routine more effective. This is because the products can easily penetrate into the skin, allowing them ample time to absorb into the deeper layers of the dermis and truly nourish the skin.

If excess oil and sweat accumulate on the skin's surface, this can cause it to become dry and itchy as well as cause inflammation, which can lead to redness, a scaly texture and even fine lines and wrinkles if the skin becomes too damaged. By keeping your skin clean and hydrated, you can maintain a healthy, glowing complexion and keep the skin looking and feeling supple, clear and more youthful.

Massaging your face while washing can also help to increase blood flow to the skin, which can help to improve its overall health and appearance, giving you a healthy glow and clearer complexion, as well as reducing puffiness by helping drain fluid from the face.

If someone were to stop washing their face for a month, their skin may become dry, flaky, and itchy due to the accumulation of impurities, dead skin cells, and oil on the skin’s surface which can lead to a greasy and flaky appearance. This can also lead to the formation of acne and other skin problems as pores become blocked, and even infected, leading to painful spots or cysts deep under the skin. The skin will likely feel tight from a lack of moisture and may look and feel red and inflamed as the skin reacts to the layers of gunk that have formed. The lack of proper skincare may lead to an increase in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to the skin's decreased ability to regenerate and repair itself, as well as the inability to hydrate the skin with this dryness emphasising the look of already existing fine lines, and even causing the formation of new ones. This is more likely in delicate areas such as around the eyes with the thin skin some of the first to become dry and irritated.


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