The title of this week's blog post comes from the best-selling book "Girl, Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis. If you haven't read the book yet, I would highly recommend it. In addition to reading the book, listen to the title. Literally. Wash your face!
I cringe every time someone says that they don't wash their face. The cringe is quickly followed by a wrestling match between my internal voice (which is screaming "wait! what? why the hell not?") and my external voice (which calmly requests an explanation).
For an admitted skincare junkie, I cannot wrap my head around the idea of not washing ones face.
The top reasons I hear for skipping out on face washing are "I don't wear makeup, so I don't need to", "it takes too much time", "I just use the soap in the shower" and "I was too tired."
Sorry ladies (and gents) but every single one of those reasons are bogus. Every. Single. One.
If you're wondering what the big deal is, let me explain.
We'll start with a trip back to public school science class. One of the first "experiments" most of us conducted was mixing oil and water. Remember what happened? They didn't mix. They still don't. For those of you who have tricked yourself into thinking that a quick wash with water counts as washing your face, that's a hard #nope. Your face produces oil. Oil attracts pollution, dirt and impurities and provides a base for them to happily stick to. Whether you see it or not, that water you're washing your face with isn't doing sh*t (sorry).
Most of us fall into the makeup-wearing crowd. This makes face-washing that much more important! If you sleep in your makeup, please don't tell me... it hurts my heart. My makeup wearing clients should really think about double cleansing: yes, wash your face twice! For those of you who "can't find the time" to wash your face, you may be having a mild panic attack right now lol! Consider this: many cleansers can't remove concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose. I highly recommend using an oil cleanser to first remove and dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow up with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth.
Please, please, please look for cleansers that are organic (ahem, Eminence!) as they have high levels of anti-oxidants and nutrients for the skin. I liken skincare to food - they should both be the same - organic, clean and unprocessed. Healthy skincare = healthy skin. I know there are so many cleansers out there - gels, milks, oils and all sorts of things in between. It can be overwhelming to know which is best for you. If you don't know where to start, drop by Enrapt Boutique & Spa and enlist the help of one of our highly educated, trained and passionate Estheticians. We are professionals. I repeat p-r-o-f-e-s-s-i-o-n-a-l-s. We do not work on commission, we are not contractually obligated to sell a certain amount of product each month from our home-based "biz" and we don't do the work we do as a side hustle (sorry, rant continued from my last blog post). We take the health and well-being of your skin very seriously. You wouldn't take legal advice from a dog groomer, please do not take skincare advice from anyone but a trained professional. We are here to help.
Finally, take if from a skincare junkie, WASH YOUR FACE!