I have to say, since I’ve updated my cleansing habits, I haven’t felt the need to use any pore cleansing specifics as of late. With a good cleansing routine, you’ll notice how much cleaner your pores become and you can save money on expensive pore masks, pore strips, pore ANYTHING at the end of the day. Today, I wanted to steer away from a review and get down to the nitty gritty, because if you don’t know the fundamentals of using products effectively or properly for that matter, no amount of expensive products are able to help, so here’s a little 101 lesson for you guys as a treat from me.
As I’ve mentioned countless times, your skin condition and skin appearance is greatly influenced by the health and condition of your pores. Without clean and maintained pores, you have skin troubles. Skin troubles can lead to a declined skin appearance, skin texture and issues with breakouts or sagging at the end of the day. This Cleansing 101 will tell you how to clean your pores thoroughly in order to have the utmost clean skin.
You guys must know by now that the double cleansing routine is a staple amongst the AB community and is fundamental to have clean skin, right? Soko Glam kicked it up a notch and introduced the triple step cleansing routine which consists of a cleansing wipe, an oil, and a facial cleanser. Now, if you know me, I’m an extra kind of person, and all my 101’s and reviews are a tad extra. Today, let me introduce you to the Quadruple Cleansing Routine which not only wastes a good 10 minutes on washing your face, but sheds a great deal of weight from your wallet! Nah, just kidding. This is surprisingly a cheap but effective cleansing routine that you may probably pick up after reading this.
This routine consists of the following steps:
- Lip and eye makeup removal
- Oil cleansing
- Traditional cleansing
- Micellar water cleansing
Let’s start off by having a face of makeup on half my face, completely smudged and blurred as if I’ve worn it for an entire day.
STEP ONE: REMOVE EYE AND LIP MAKEUP WITH A DEDICATED LIP AND EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
note, this is only necessary for those who wear eye shadow, eye liner and mascara, or place makeup around the eye area.
- Soak a cotton pad with remover and place on the eyelid, gently massaging with the pads of your fingers over the entire eye area for about 5-10 seconds. Sweep away from the eye in a downwards diagonal movement without tugging the eye lids and surrounding skin. Repeat with the other eye.
- Then, take a cotton bud or Q-Tip, depending on what you have at home, and soak it in remover. As if your’e applying mascara, brush against the eyelashes, and in between the lash roots to break down the mascara. Gently and carefully wipe off eyeliner and traces of makeup from the water line and lash line.
- Lastly, soak a cotton pad with remover, and in gentle buffing motions, remove lip makeup. The buffing motions will also give your lips a micro exfoliating effect to remove dead skin collecting on the surface of your lips.
The reason why Lip and Eye Makeup removers exist are because you shouldn’t just rely on cleansing oil alone to rid yourself from this makeup. These days, there are a whole heap of waterproof and smudge proof formulas out in the market that an oil type cleanser can not fully remove, so as a precaution, it is always vital to separately remove eye makeup (in particular) in two different steps. This can reduce the chances of eye infections and damages to your eye sight and skin. Makeup left on the eyes can cause premature wrinkling, break outs and dark circles.
STEP TWO: REMOVE FACE MAKEUP WITH AN OIL TYPE CLEANSER
- Apply a liberal amount of oil to your face and using your finger pads, massage the oil into your skin for 30 or so seconds to effectively break down makeup on the skin surface.
- With your middle and ring finger, focus the massaging along your pores, particularly the nose, chin and cheek area. Don’t massage the oil for longer than a minute in total.
- Take the time to emulsify the oil, using warm water. The oil should become a milky consistency. Massage the face for another minute or two, again, focusing on the pores using your middle and ring fingers.
- Wash away the oil with warm water and ensure your skin is completely clean from the emulsified oil.
There are two different types of oils in the market; liquid type and solid type. I usually recommend liquid types to everyone, as they’re quick and easy to use. Solid (also known as balm type) is basically a solidified block of oil that melts with the warmth of your hands. Since balm types are generally more rich in texture, people with oilier skin types may feel unclean using it, and thus, is more ideal for all you dry skin beauties because of it’s moisturizing capabilities.
If you guys studied chemistry, you know that water and oil generally don’t mix well, and oils can break down other oils. Since makeup is oil based, it is essential to include an oil in your cleansing routine so that the makeup can be effectively broken down. This also has a similar effect inside your pores; where your sebaceous glands secrete sebum, which can be broken down simply with an oil cleanser. As I mentioned above, don’t heavily rely on oil cleansers to remove eye makeup, as oils work by turning makeup into small residual particles. These particles, if not cleansed off properly, can re-enter the pores and cause skin irritations or damage to the skin. If you only use an oil to cleanse your eye makeup, take a Q-Tip and run it against the areas on your eyes that had the most makeup. The Q-Tip should pick up little bits of makeup, because the oil has not completely rid you from your makeup yet.
What about people who don’t wear makeup? You still applied SPF right? (I honestly hope you did because sun protection is important and if you didn’t then say hello to sun spots and wrinkles baby.) Sunblock works similarly to makeup and so it is important to take the extra care to remove sunblock effectively. Sunblock left on the skin can cause irritations and can clog pores, so even if I don’t wear makeup, I never skip out on oil cleansing.
By the way, never use a wet wash cloth to remove oil cleansers. Wash cloths not only hold bacteria, but cause friction against the skin. As well as that, remember that oil cleansing causes residual particles to sit on the skin, which is the combination of sebum and broken down makeup. Using a wash cloth isn’t going to effectively cleanse your skin from the residue and you’ll just end up smearing it everywhere on your face, if not also in the wash cloth itself. Eww!!
STEP THREE: WASH YOUR FACE USING LOW ACID/LOW PH CLEANSER
- Taking your low pH cleanser, foam up the product in your hands using water and apply to the face and neck.
- Either using your cleansing brush, or finger pads, gently massage and buff the skin texture for a minute or so, again, as with the oil, focusing on your pores.
- Wash away with warm water until your face is clean, then continue washing your face for roughly a minute with cold water to contract your pores and also give your skin tightening and cooling effects.
Since a makeup remover works by breaking makeup down into residue, facial cleansers work to break down the residual particles in order to be effectively washed away. Relying on just a facial wash to remove makeup is WAY too harsh on the skin, and since there isn’t any residue created from makeup removing specifics, you’re only smearing makeup around everywhere, and causing unnecessary friction to the skin, which may lead to wrinkling and skin irritations.
Why low pH cleanser and not just any odd cleanser in the market? Well, our skin natural acid mantle barrier has a pH averaging 5.5, which is slightly acidic. Using an acid wash won’t disturb our acid mantle, so our skin stays healthy and free from damage and bacteria. Using a high pH cleanser however, breaks down our barrier and can cause wrinkling, skin damage and allows our skin to be more prone to infection. Sure it gives you that squeaky clean feeling, but it’s causing more harm than good. It also doesn’t remove the residue from the face effectively, so you’re inevitably wasting time. Did you know it’s best to use just water in the morning to wash your face? If you have oilier skin type, then use a low pH cleanser, but for you guys with dry or normal skin, water in the morning is OK!
There are so many different types of cleansers in the market now, so I wanted to touch on them too. You have your regular cleansers that you lather up into a foam and apply the bubbles to your face, solid soaps which come in bar form, and powdered enzymes that are granulated particles. These have been very common on the Asian market, but I feel will slowly creep into the Western world soon enough too. Most of my readers are AB enthusiasts but just to be careful, for you Western beauty lovers out there, here’s the 101 on powder and soap cleansers.
Soap Cleansers are as the name suggests; solid bars of soap. Not just any soap, but one designed for use on the face. It is vital you choose a soap that is neutralized with a pH lower than 7. Solid soaps also tend to be more gentle and contain more natural ingredients so it’s perfect for you guys who have ingredient issues. They effectively clean away dead skin cells and can remove residue left behind on your skin (to a certain extent). Putting it out there, soap cleansers are a great alternative to morning washes and also people who wore the bare minimum on their face (i.e.: sunblock or CC cream ONLY). For a full face of makeup, because soaps contain more natural ingredients, they don’t effectively remove all the residue from heavy or full face makeup days. Never choose a cleanser based on ingredients if your main purpose for the cleanser is to break down makeup!
Powder Enzymes basically come in powdered form and can foam up incredibly well. They work by removing proteins and oils effectively when in contact with water. These powdered enzymes are fairly harsh however and I can recommend these ONLY to people with oily skin types. Long term usage can affect your skin condition, so for those with dry and flaky skin using this for a long duration, may experience severe sensitivities over time. Whenever I use powdered enzymes, I only use them on my t-zone where I tend to get a bit oilier. Powdered enzymes are very strong cleansers that are ideal for you guys who want to rebalance your skin and control sebum, or want a vigorous cleanse.
There are other types of cleansers as well, including cream type, milky type and stick type, which all work similarly but I personally think it’s a bit excessive. Cream types work better for dry skin as they are nourishing but don’t offer good cleansing abilities, milky types are more runny and tend to get messy, again, better for dry skin, and sticks foam up when you press the stick to your face and massage. Sticks can ultimately irritate the skin if you aren’t careful as you only get foam through friction.
STEP FOUR: CONDITIONING WITH CLEANSING WATER
- Taking a cotton pad, soak with cleansing water and apply along your skin texture to cleanse the skin from any left over impurities that the previous three steps of cleansing could not do. Focus around the sides of your nose, any porous areas of skin or areas that are hard to reach, or need extra conditioning.
Honestly speaking, this step can be replaced with any astringent toner you own or enjoy using. The reason I choose to use micellar water instead is because not only is it hydrating, but it works better to remove any residue that may have been left behind from what your cleanse couldn’t achieve. Micellar waters also improve skin cell turnover and are effective at cleansing the skin as well. This isn’t to say that astringent toners don’t do the same, it’s more of a personal preference for me.
Toners are usually divided in two categories; astringent and hydrating. Astringent toners fall under the cleansing category as these toners work to rid your pores from impurities, remove dead skin cells and overall, purify the skin. Hydrating toners fall under skin care, as these provide nutrients to the skin rather than to cleanse.
When you use a micellar water or an astringent toner, make sure you saturate the cotton pad. Never use these products sparingly as you’re directly applying the cotton to your skin. An unsaturated cotton can cause unnecessary friction to the skin which may lead to skin irritations and damage. Yes, everything you use on your skin can cause irritations, hence why you may have heard a lot of Asian people in particular, say that they avoid touching their faces with anything whenever possible. A good micellar water is one that sits in the middle of both, cleansing and skincare. If your micellar water is only intended to clean, then it isn’t really a micellar water.
Whenever I do this step at night, I do my usual detoxing massage with the saturated cotton. I personally find that this massage really gets into the pores and also, cleans my skin so well that it starts to glow and remain glowing the morning after. Remember, going back to pores, your skin TRULY glows when your pores are clean and your skin is only clean through effective skin cleansing.
From here on, just follow with the rest of your skincare. Should I do a part two to this, to follow up with my current skincare routine of 2016? Let me know, because your feedback helps me decide what kind of posts to push out to you.
I didn’t realize how long this post would be, but alas, every single one of my DIY or 101 posts have been long, because I always want to give you as much information as possible. If you thoroughly enjoyed this post, or found it helpful in any way, then please don’t forget to like this post, share with your friends and family and subscribe for more informative posts on skincare and makeup. I’ve searched online so far and haven’t seen anyone else be as extensive in their cleansing as I am, so I guess I’m the first person to ever do the Quadruple Cleansing Routine! Haha, be a dear and help me make this post an eye opener for others?
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