Regular exfoliation and proper cleaning can help keep your skin (especially if sensitive) with a healthy and radiant look. Exfoliation consists in the elimination of dead cells that accumulate on the surface. It is often performed by gently scrubbing a facial cleansing wipe or sponge or rubbing an exfoliating cleanser containing microspheres, sugar, crushed nut shells or crushed apricot kernels. Alternate the application of exfoliants with the use of a mild cleanser and a tonic formulated for your skin type, to keep your face looking and feeling the best.
Use a mild exfoliating cleanser every few days. Princeton University Health Services suggests choosing a cleaning product with alpha-hydroxy acids, which have a mild exfoliating effect. Do not rub, as you can cause irritation, particularly if you have a propensity for acne.
Avoid using normal soap to wash your face. According to Ken Arndt, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, the common body soap is alkaline and tends to be too drying and irritating to normal skin. Look for a bar product or a liquid cleaner free of dyes and fragrances. Avoid those that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which strips the skin of its natural oils.
Use warm water in your facial cleansing routine. Cold water may not be able to effectively remove dirt and grease, while hot water may dry out excessively. After washing, dry your skin with a soft, clean towel.
Apply a little tonic to a ball or cotton pad and brush your face to remove excess oil. Those with oily skin may want to use a tonic that contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that helps prevent the appearance of blackheads and pimples.
Hydrate after cleaning. Look for a moisturizer without oil that contains sunscreen and use it even on cloudy days. Choose a moisturizer with color instead of a strong liquid or cream makeup to provide a touch of color to your skin without clogging the pores.