FOFace Washing 101

5. “If you wear enough makeup that can’t be easily removed by a gentle face cleanser, it’s recommended to use a gentle makeup remover, but it doesn’t not have to be product created only for the eyes only,” Dr. Krant advises. “In fact, you could use a gentle eye makeup remover to remove all of your make up. Old-fashioned cold cream works well, too.”

Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Makeup Remover is light and effective.


6. Women with dry skin can use a cleansing oil, rather than soap, which tends to strip natural oils from the skin more efficiently than any other cleanser. As a general trend, skin tends to thin and dry out with age. The synthetic detergents and other chemicals used in many soaps and facial washes can strip the skin of natural fatty acids and oils, and inhibit its natural moisturizing factors. Many of us are quite sensitive to these synthetic additives and detergents.

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil is packed with beautiful botanical oils and extracts, such as sunflower seed, grape seed, pomegranate seed and sweet almond oils, olive fruit extract and jojoba. It reportedly doesn’t clog the pores and nourishes and softens even the driest skin.

7. Women with oily skin can tolerate a stronger cleanser, but over cleaning oily skin can cause a rebound effect.  If the skin feels it has had too much oil stripped, it will redouble its efforts to produce protective oils to keep itself moisturized. “Over cleaning, followed by excessive oiliness, which again leads to over cleaning, can become a vicious cycle,” Dr. Krant says.

A brand we’ve all counted on since we were teenagers, Noxema’s Triple Clean Anti-Bacterial Lathering Cleanser is free of harsh anti-acne ingredients to clear pores and remove excess oil without overdrying.

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