Of course we all know to cleanse our face at the end of the day- we want to remove makeup and grime that accumulates. It’s almost a given that you may wake up with breakouts and clogged pores if you go to sleep with even the “cleanest” makeup on. Some say that it actually ages our skin to go to sleep with makeup on.
I have read recently, where skincare experts are recommending to just splash your face with water in the morning. I would never recommend skipping a morning cleanse. While we sleep our body is busy repairing, cleaning and cellular detox and metabolism is occuring- Our skin, weighting on average 10 pounds is our largest organ and known as the “2nd kidneys.” We usually (hopefully!) cleanse before bed and apply serums and/or moisturizers containing oils and antioxidants. During the night while we sleep, these topical ingredients applied to your skin, have been exposed to oxygen. They have served their purpose and are no longer able to protect and nourish your skin. By morning the antioxidants have oxidized and the oils that are on the surface of the skin are going to be rancid from exposure to oxygen. Why would we want to leave this on our skin? We definitely want to cleanse off the residue, as it can lead to inflammation. Water alone does not properly cleanse this residue. I recommend oil-cleansing in the morning. I use specially formulated herb-infused oil cleansers in my skincare practice. These oil cleansers gently dissolve impurities, impart nutrients that support a healthy skin flora, stimulate the lymphatic system, calm inflammation, leave the skin very hydrated and healthy.by