Facial hygiene is an essential step prior to beginning a facial treatment (you can read about daily hygiene routines in the following post). This daily routine is vital for maintaining the smoothness, radiance and glow of our skin, as well as for achieving positive results before going through with any skincare treatment (anti-ageing, hydration, etc.).
In addition to the basic skincare our dermis needs, we should pay it special attention on a weekly basis since impurities gradually build up each day; if these impurities are not removed they block pores and cause the skin to lose its brightness and even tone. To prevent this from happening it is necessary to carry out a weekly facial cleansing – a very healthy routine that will become the perfect complement to your daily skincare regimen.
A weekly facial cleansing routine may encompass different methods and techniques, but the essential routine includes two: exfoliation and the face mask, practices whose purpose is to deeply nourish and reinvigorate our skin.
Step 1: Exfoliation
From the moment they are produced, skin cells need about 26 days to reach the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. Once they reach the surface they die and detach from the skin, repeating the cycle over and over again. The problem here is that with age cells detach more slowly and irregularly, resulting in a layer of dead cells that give the skin a dull, rough appearance. According to Leire Azcona (2006), a community pharmacist in Vizcaya, exfoliating the skin is necessary in order to prevent this build-up of impurities and to deeply cleanse it; this process will restore the skin’s lost vitality and radiance.
How do you exfoliate? Applying an exfoliating scrub is very easy. First, lightly moisten skin with warm water so that the abrasive particles can glide over the skin more easily, thus preventing irritation. Take a little bit of the exfoliating product in your hands and apply it over your face, making sure to cover it well. Apply it by gently massaging your face in a circular motion from the inside towards the outside. Don't forget about your neck and neckline. After waiting a few minutes rinse your face with a good amount of cold water and dry it well.
Step 2: Face mask
Face masks are one of the most essential cosmetic products and their purpose is to deeply nourish the skin and restore the oils that were eliminated during exfoliation. It is precisely after this process of exfoliation when the face mask is most effective since the skin is prepared and ready to absorb the agents and substances it contains. Face masks can come in different consistencies (liquid, gel, cream…) and types (hydrating, purifying, etc.), depending on the necessities of each skin type. A face mask can be used alone or after a facial exfoliator and is the crucial last step in a complete cleansing routine as it maximises the effects of the treatments applied afterwards.
How should we use it? Apply an even layer over your entire face after first cleansing it, avoiding the eyes and lips. Let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with a good amount of water. Here at MartiDerm we offer two solutions: one for normal and dry skin; and one for oily and acne-prone skin.
Following these weekly tips is the best way to maximise the effects of your daily facial cleansing routine and to keep your skin feeling rejuvenated, smooth, glowing and hydrated.