Are You Over-Washing Your Face?

Too much of a good thing can be bad.
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Though we are advocates of good skincare habits, too much of a good thing can be bad. Over-washing your face has its consequences, and this habit may even be counterintuitive to your flawless skin goals. 

Over-washing may be especially true for ladies who were born with oily skin, as they aim to get rid of every germ and gunk that were accumulated inside their pores throughout the day.  But as a result, your oil glands go cray and produce more sebum because you took every drop of oil out. You'll end up with adult acne instead!

Your skin becomes too sensitive, red, and flaky when you overdose on cleansers. To put it bluntly, you have to be wary of the squeaky-clean feel. It's not exactly a good thing. Over-washing strips the protective layer of the skin, making it susceptible to inflammation and irritation. Here's what you should do instead:

Double-cleanse

A smart way to expel deep-seated dirt without stripping off your skin's natural moisture is to double-cleanse. Oil-based cleansers attract oil-based gunk, while facial cleansers grab onto the water-based dirt.

Human Nature Gentle Cleansing Oil, P199.75, Robinsons Supermarket

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser, P1,495, Greenbelt 5

Always moisturize after cleansing

If you're a fan of salicylic acid-based or alcohol-based products to dry up pimples, you must never forget to bring back the moisture. Turn to gel-based moisturizers for lightweight hydration that won't clog the pores.

The Body Shop Oil-Control Seaweed Gel Cream, P995, SM Beauty

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