Cleansing Your Skin FAQ
Why do you need to cleanse?
Cleansing your skin is recommended to remove the daily build up of pollutants and makeup products. At the end of each day, impurities will have built up on your skin. It could be perspiration (sweat), dirt, pollution, makeup, or skin care products.
If you don’t cleanse – this could cause a build up of these impurities, which can further irritate and cause problems with the skin.
When to cleanse/how often?
Use a cleanser once a day. Yes, that’s right – ONCE a day, preferably at night.
In the morning, soak your skin with water and plant essences (Janesce Soaking Drops) to gently rinse away impurities (such as traces of your night cream), promote hydration and improve the absorption of actives by the products to follow (serums, moisturisers & sun care lotions).
In the evening, use a gentle cleanser (such as Janesce Rose Cleanser) to remove surface impurities without striping the skin. Follow with your soaking ritual, before locking in that water with your Janesce Floral Mist and appropriate Janesce moisturising cream.
How to cleanse?
Each cleanser will have more specific instructions, but taking my favourite Janesce Rose Cleanser as an example: Dilute a small amount with water, and apply with fingertips and massage over your face and neck, or use damp cotton pads. Rinse with tepid water, and continue your skin care routine. For sensitive skin, you can still use the Rose Cleanser, but you can dilute it even more.
What to use?
Cream, oil or lotion cleansers. Oil cleansers are great at helping to dissolve stubborn makeup. If the cleanser you are using comes with a toner, you do really need to use them together.
What is the acid mantle?
The ‘acid mantle’ is the skin’s natural protective film. It is made up of our skin’s perspiration (sweat) and fatty acids (sebum or oil). As the name suggests, it is more acidic than alkaline. A pH of 4.5 – 5.5 to be more specific.
Our acid mantle protects the skin from the environment and prevents irritants from coming into contact with the skin. Bacteria thrive in an alkaline environment – so you can see why our skin is designed to be naturally acidic to counteract this and prevent infections and other problems. It is our protective coat. It keeps OUT bacteria, and keeps IN water.
The acid mantle is vital for preventing water loss and maintaining hydration. If you’re familiar with us and our website, you know how important this is!
Cleansing your skin will disrupt this layer, meaning your skin needs to rebuild the acid mantle again. This is why it is imperative to use an appropriate (and gentle!) cleanser, to prevent disturbing the acid mantle where possible. Yes, we still need to cleanse our skins – but gently! The acid mantle is vital in maintaining skin health!
What to avoid?
Foaming Cleansers & Soaps
Foaming cleansers, soaps and anti-septic washes generally have a pH of around 8-10. This is too alkaline for the skin! Many people choose a foaming or ‘purifying’ cleanser for acne or oily skin. Please don’t! Instead, learn WHY & HOW to care for your skin to get rid of acne and excess oil. 9 times out of 10 it’s due to dehydration first. Address that, and you will see a difference!
Avoid cleansing too much and too often (this goes for all over your body!). Cleanse once at the end of the day, to remove pollution & makeup built up from that day. In the morning, soaking your skin (with Janesce Soaking Drops) is perfect, and enough of a cleanse to start your day. For your body, you don’t actually need to lather your entire body up with soap to be clean. Some soaps can actually strip your skin and cause even more problems (such as eczema – being the most common!).
What happens if I don’t cleanse correctly?
Without a healthy acid mantle, the skin is stripped and exposed to the environment. It can become sensitive. Water is lost and the skin dehydrates rapidly. As the skin dehydrates, the surface of your skin becomes tighter as the skin cells dry and ‘curl up’. It can make your pores look larger. Sebum (oil) can become trapped under the skin, your products can’t absorb as well into the skin, your skin’s oil glands can over produce to try to compensate for the lack of water giving you an ‘oily dry skin’.
Another reason to hydrate your skin is so your skin cells are plump, full of water and lie flat protecting the skin from irritants and further water loss. Dry ‘curled’ skin cells will curl upwards, causing further dehydration with irritants being able to enter the skin.