Not Washing Your Face is a Sin
Washing or cleansing your face seems pretty basic, but we all consider skipping this step from time to time or maybe just forget. If that happens, and you don’t wash your face is it really that big of a deal? To answer that question, let’s take a look at why washing your face is important.
Your skin is exposed to many different types of stressors throughout the day. As your largest organ, it is important to make sure you are taking care of it – especially your facial skin. Since your face is not covered by clothing, it is naturally open to receiving the most abuse from the outside world from a variety of sources such as UV exposure, arid or humid climates, harsh air conditioning or heating, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants. To help protect the skin from environmental damage, it creates a moisture barrier of a waxy/oily substance called sebum. While sebum is beneficial to your skin, if it stays on the face too long without being cleaned it can mix with makeup, dirt, debris, sweat, etc. This may cause a blockage of skin follicles leading to acne, blotchy skin, irritation, and overall unhealthy-looking skin.
If are not able to thoroughly wash your face before bed, it is recommended to keep makeup removal towels or pads handy to wipe your face and eyes as an alternative. In the morning, it is important to wash again to remove the excess oils that may have been created during sleep. It also provides a fresh surface to start the day and on which to layer your anti-aging regimen.
Care should be put into how you wash your face. Just using hand soap is not a good idea because the skin differs depending on the area of your body. For example, the hands have some of the thickest skin, but facial skin is the thinnest. By using products that are not meant for your face, you can risk irritating more delicate facial skin.
By washing your face twice daily as directed and including collagen in your diet you will experience cleaner, healthier, and younger-looking skin.