Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains why you need to cleanse your skin every morning

Most people who wear makeup every day or shower at night are used to cleansing their faces before they go to bed. Why then, if you just washed your face before bed, do you have to cleanse it again in the morning? Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to answer that question.

According to Dr. Joel Schlessinger, your skin is active while you sleep.

As we sleep, our skin takes advantage of this time to naturally rejuvenate and heal itself. Cell turnover is active while you sleep, which is why many skin care professionals suggest using a night cream. With this cell turnover, however, comes dead skin cells that remain on the skin’s surface and lead to a dull appearance. Cleansing in the morning removes these dead cells to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.

Cleansing your skin in the morning is also extremely important to prepare the complexion for your other skin care products. Properly removing excess oil, dead skin cells and debris in the morning allows your anti-aging, acne or treatment products to absorb more easily into the skin.

Sweat and oil can accumulate on the complexion as you sleep, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If you’ve ever woken up with a layer of shine of your face, it may be sweat that is the result of temperature changes throughout the night. If left on the complexion, sweat can harbor bacteria and clog pores so it is important to cleanse your skin after waking up. If you have oily skin, sebum can collect in your pores over night so using a cleanser in the morning is especially important.

A gentle yet effective cleanser such as SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser can help clear pores and refresh your skin in the morning. You can also use a cleansing device such as the Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System to gently exfoliate the complexion and unclog pores.

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Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 2:53 pm
Filed Under Category: Skin Care
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