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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Nightly Cleanse Right Now

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Working from home certainly has its perks. Pajamas, check. Messy hair, check. No makeup, check. No long commute, check. With all of the simplicity and natural flow to your day, it might be tempting to simply crawl back in bed at the end of the day without doing one crucial thing. No, it’s not checking social media one more time. Now, more than ever, you shouldn’t be skipping out on your nightly cleanse.

You might not be out and about as much, making you think you don’t need to cleanse your face. Despite this, dermatologists are still saying it’s crucial to follow your nightly skincare routine. Washing your face at the end of the day doesn’t just remove your makeup. In fact, it does so much more. Washing your face removes excess sebum and dead skin, preventing your pores from becoming clogged. As clogged pores are one the most common causes for pimples, you want to avoid them at all costs. “Maskne” is problem enough right now!

Whether you went for a walk around the block or ran to the grocery store to restock your favorite oat milk, washing your face at the end of the day is crucial. Nightly cleansing removes debris from the environment, which can lead to oxidative damage and stress in your skin cells. As your face collects dirt, pollution, oil, pollen, and more from any and all environments throughout the day, you’ll want to be sure to cleanse it at the end of each day. If you have particularly dry skin, especially it’s okay to skip out on your morning wash, but the nightly cleanse is non-negotiable.

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Are you obsessed with your new face cream? It won’t do you much good sitting on top of a dirty base. Cleansing your face in the evening removes the oil, dirt, and grime you’ve collected throughout the day, giving your skin an even base for the rest of your skincare routine. When you apply your products to a thoroughly cleansed base, the active ingredients in your skincare routine can better absorb throughout the night. This will help you wake up with a refreshed, healthy glow rather than dull, clogged skin.

Though you want a good, thorough cleanse, that doesn’t mean find the harshest cleanser you can and run with it. Find a gentle, soap-free cleanser that can effectively cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. If your skin is stripped of these natural oils, then it will overcompensate by producing an excess amount of sebum, leading to clogged pores. Cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser of choice, apply a serum or other treatment, and finish it off with your most indulgent moisturizer for the perfect night routine.

Despite reduced activity, it’s still important to maintain your nightly skincare routine. Not only is it crucial for your skin’s health, but sticking to a luxurious routine can help lift your spirits, too. So keep cleansing each night to take the best care of yourself.


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