We understand that there are times when you're just too lazy to wash your face. When you've had a long day, you just want to plop on your bed and sleep. But, we're here to remind you that you must make an effort to walk to the bathroom and cleanse your skin. Here's why:
What happens to your skin when you sleep without washing your face?
Failing to wash your face can cause serious harm to your skin. You're letting the dirt, makeup, dead skin, and oil linger on your pores for hours—can you imagine how nasty that mix is? Plus, the skin repairs itself at night so you're disrupting this process when you sleep with a dirty face.
TL;DR: Always remove your makeup and wash your face before going to sleep. Skipping these steps will damage your skin.
BTW, what is double-cleansing?
For those who are not familiar with double-cleansing, here's a short and sweet explanation: It's when you first use an oil-based cleanser to take off sebum and makeup, and then you follow it up with a foaming facial wash to get rid of everything. Any skin type will benefit from this method.
IN HER ELEMENT Sunflower Wash-Off Cleansing Oil, P695, In Her Element
How long should you wash your face?
Dr. Vicki Belo recommends singing the Happy Birthday song twice when cleansing your face. This time frame assures that the facial cleanser has washed away the dirt and oil your skin has accumulated throughout the day. Aestheticians, on the other hand, are fans of the 60-second rule. Choose whichever technique works for you.
What are the best facial cleansers for my skin type?
Now that we've emphasized the need to cleanse your face every night, we've listed down the best facial washes for every skin type.
1. Best cleanser for oily skin: Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash
This soothing facial wash can lift dirt and control excess sebum. Witch hazel extract keeps breakouts at bay.
BEACH BORN Witch Hazel Wash, P227.50, Beach Born
2. Best cleanser for acne-prone skin: CosRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser
This one has salicylic acid that can treat pimples and melt blackheads. Its formula is gentle enough to be used every day, and it promises that it won't leave the skin dry and taut.
COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser, P540, Watsons
3. Best cleanser for sensitive skin: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This one's a dermatologist-approved cleanser that can clear the dirt without triggering irritation. BTW, you can use this without water. Just massage it in onto your skin and wipe everything off with tissue.
CETAPHIL Gentle Skin Cleanser, P444, Watsons
4. Best cleanser for dry skin: Dove Dermaseries Gentle Skin Cleaners Dry Skin Relief
Here's a soap-free face and body cleanser that gets rid of deep-seated dirt and softens dry, parched skin.
DOVE Dermaseries Gentle Skin Cleaners Dry Skin Relief, P450, Watsons
5. Best cleanser for normal skin: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
This non-foaming cleanser that will soothe and nourish your complexion. It has soy protein, cucumber extract, and rosewater that can hydrate and bring out your skin's glow.
FRESH Soy Face Cleanser, P886/50ml, Sephora.ph
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.