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The Science of Cleansing Your Face

Everyone has a skincare routine that they swear by. Vogue has an entire series on YouTube with actresses and other artists sharing their skiing care routine, and influencers on TikTok frequently share theirs. 

Even everyday people on Instagram have many thoughts and opinions, and frequently share links to various products they use. However, there are two truths: the average person doesn’t have a skincare routine, and everyone should be washing their face. 

Whether you have perfect skin or you’re someone who thinks skincare isn’t for you because you wash your face in the shower, you can still experience clogged pores if you don’t wash your face properly which can lead to dermatitis. And if you only wash your face with water and nothing else, you may not remove the excess oils that like to sit on your skin, leading to clogged pores.

Thankfully, the skincare products offered by Albolene provide simple and effective ways for anyone to protect their skin from damage and highlight their natural beauty. Their products don’t require additional water to use and have been independently reviewed in clinical studies since the company’s inception over a century ago.

A mini science lesson

There are two types of chemicals: polar and nonpolar. Polar chemicals are those in which atoms do not equally share electrons — water, salt, or sugar, for example — while nonpolar chemicals are ones in which atoms equally share electrons, as is the case with many oils and fats. 

Polar and nonpolar chemicals can’t mix — take water and oil, for example. However, if another chemical compound joins the polar and nonpolar chemicals, called a surfactant, then that chemical compound helps bind the polar and nonpolar chemicals together. 

Your face has natural oils on it, which is a good thing, but washing your face with only water can’t break through the natural oils on your face. As a result, you won’t be able to remove the dirt underneath. 

Likewise, when you wash your face with oily cleansers, there’s nothing to bind the water and oil together, meaning it doesn’t eliminate anything — it just moves dirt around. Properly removing dirt is why using a good cleansing moisturizer with fewer ingredients is best for your face, such as Albolene’s moisturizing cleanser

Determining skin type and best cleanser

First things first, you don’t need to follow all the steps you see on social media. Those skincare routines may work best for that person, but might not for you because everyone’s skin is unique. Furthermore, people on social media typically aren’t concerned about how long the entire routine actually takes. 

Let’s think about the science behind skincare again. If the goal is to remove dirt but keep natural oils, you must first understand your skin type. 

Combination skin

People with combination skin have two or more skin types on their skin. Someone with combination skin may have dry, flaking skin somewhere on their face and oily skin elsewhere. Alternatively, they may have dry skin during fall and winter, but more oily skin during spring and summer. 

Those with combination skin can benefit from Albolene’s balm cleansers which are great at melting away makeup and efficiently removing dirt. They’re sensitive enough not to irritate the dry parts of the face while also hydrating it. Balm cleansers with minimum ingredients are best because the more complicated the cleanser, the harsher it can be on the skin.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin types usually get irritated quickly and can quickly begin to feel agitated and sensitive to the touch after using an incorrect cleanser. Sensitive skin types can also break out if not cleaned or adequately moisturized. 

The best type of product for people with sensitive skin is milk cleansers. Milk cleansers typically have a milk-like texture (hence the name) and are made of fats and water, so it’s perfectly gentle on sensitive skin. Micellar cleansing milk, such as Albolene’s own made with hyaluronic acid, is even better because the micelle technology isn’t too harsh on the skin, and the moisturizing ingredients help maintain the skin’s natural oils. 

“The Albolene Micellar milk, developed with dermatologists, was recently tested in a clinical study with make-up artists in LA,” says Jason Sondgeroth, Head of Innovation at Albolene. “They found that this formula removes up to 99% of makeup, and 9 out of 10 preferred the Albolene micellar milk over their current makeup remover for improving the feel of the skin and leaving the skin feeling soft. The formula has five unique moisturizers to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier for healthy, radiant skin and is non-comedogenic and doesn’t strip away moisture with up to four times better moisture than ordinary/leading micellar waters. In fact, up to 87% experienced more moisturization or preferred moisturization compared to their current makeup remover.”

Oily skin

Oily skin types usually have a sheen to their face because of the excess sebum, which is the oily substance that protects and hydrates skin. However, sometimes using the wrong cleanser and moisturizer can cause oily skin, which means you can change your skin type by simply changing the products you use.  

Albolene’s hydrating daily cleanser with hyaluronic acid is a good option for someone with oily skin because you don’t want to use something that is too creamy or too harsh that strips away the natural oils. Instead, you want to regulate how much sebum your skin produces. 

“Our daily cleanser was developed with dermatologists to provide a moisture-rich gentle formula that delivers everyday cleansing and maximum hydration even on sensitive skin,” Sondgeroth says. “It contains gentle skin-friendly technology to wash away dirt, oil, and bacteria and remove makeup without disrupting skin’s natural moisture barrier. Plus, it’s oil-free, soap-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic.”

There are five skin types, but combination skin, sensitive skin, and oily skin are the most common. Once you understand your skin type, knowing what to do for your skincare routine is more manageable. 

Your skincare routine doesn’t necessarily need to follow a 12-step regimen. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “less is more when it comes to skincare. Using too many products can irritate your skin.” Whether you have a lot of time or not, the most important thing to remember when it comes to washing your face is that the products are meant to remove dirt and keep your skin’s natural oils locked in. 

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