Double down on your skin cleanse

The Double Skin Cleanse is becoming super popular because it’s necessary to remove that excess oil and make up from your skin.  Most people don’t realize that a single cleanse with a water based surfactant cleanser can still leave behind a film on your skin which consists of make-up and sunscreen which has mixed with your body’s own sebum during the day to create a film of oil-based debris.  This debris cannot be removed with a typical water based cleanser because water and oil don’t mix.  Therefore, you need to precleanse with an oil based or creamy make up remover to help remove this layer of oil, dirt and make up from your skin.Step 1:  Removing Makeup or Pre-SkinCleanseYou spend so much time putting on your make up, therefore it doesn’t just come off in one cleanse.  You need to use a gentle, soothing make up remover, oil based cleanser or make up wipe to remove mascara and lipstick.  I prefer oil based cleansers to remove make up because oil attracts oil (oil and water need an emulsifier) so oil based make up removers attach to the oil in your skin that has mixed with your make up and then wipes it cleanly away.  Those with oily, acneic skin can benefit the most from this step.Step 2:  Cleanse.This is the most important step because it preps your skin to accept serums, night creams and any other anti-aging or acne fighting ingredients you are putting on your skin.  If you have active acne lesions I recommend a cleanser with Salicylic Acid or Benyzl Peroxide.  If you have combination skin I recommend a foaming gel based cleanser.  If you have dry or mature skin I recommend a creamy cleanser or a cleanser with Lactic or Glycolic Acid to help prep the skin for anti-aging ingredients in your serums and moisturizers.Step 3:  Exfoliate.It is recommended that you exfoliate once or twice a week to get rid of built up dirt and oil and get rid of dull, dead skin to stimulate healthy cell turnover. Cell turnover rate is what keeps our dead, dull skin cells from building up.  Our skin produces new skin cells which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off.  As we age our cell renewal rate or cell turnover rate slows down.Babies– skin cells turn over every 14 days (which is why their skin glows)Teenagers– skin cells turn over every 21-28 days.Middle Age– skin cells turn over every 28-42 days.50 and up—skin cells turn over every 42 to 84 days.The top layer of your epidermis makes up about 15-20 layers of dead skinAestheticians encourage their clients to incorporate mild exfoliation into their at home skincare regimen 2-3 times so that new, healthy skin cells can come to the surface, revealing brighter, smoother skin!