Friday, 25 October 2013

Beauty Myths No. 3 - Cleansing in the AM


'Do I really need to cleanse my face in the morning?' 

I've been asked this a lot recently - a lot. On the blog, on twitter, on Instagram.

In all honesty, I don't even know where to begin. 

Genuine question: Why WOULDN'T you wash your face in the morning??

'I don't have time.'

Get up earlier.

'I don't really need to, it feels fine, it has a lovely glow.'

Yes love, it's called sweat. Get thee to a sink.

'I read that so-and-so just uses a wipe to 'freshen.' 

So-and-so clearly has personal hygiene issues.

'I'm really sensitive, cleansing twice a day is too much.'

You're using the wrong cleanser.

'I'm really combination, if I cleanse in the morning my face is an oil slick by 10am.'

Stop using Fairy Liquid on your boat, wash your face gently, get the oil off that you've produced overnight and start FRESH.

Most night products are designed to resurface and regenerate the skin. If they are working - and let's hope for all our sakes they are, you need to give your skin a cleanse to remove the residue, dead skin etc.

As Monica* said: THAT'S JUST GOOD SENSE.



*token Friends Comment.

57 comments:

  1. Umm... Can I totally pretend that I maybe inspired the timing of this post today? I'm going to anyway :) Great post as always, Caroline!

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  2. Hi Caroline,
    I'm a belgian beauty blogger and i mostly talk about skin care products in my reviews.
    You're such a big inspiration for me and your posts give me the need to search for more information, juste to know more about what i'm talkin about every day.

    So, thank you for frankness,
    (And sorry for my english, i'm doing my best ! :D)

    Have a nice evening.

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  3. I've tried this. In my experience if I don't cleanse my face in the AM a small pimple (or 2) will appear by the end of the day. This is my skin though.

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  4. Can believe people actually ask...if you can't be bothered to clean your face why are u here?

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  5. Your are SUPERB !!! I have learnt a lot from you .

    Please please help me !

    I have been using REN clear 3 cleanser , balance me oil and liquid gold just once a week with alpha h sp50 moisturizer am for a month now .

    I have also started using pepta bright and hydrolaun from last week.

    I am 29 and have combination skin with hormonal breakouts but since using these products I'm having painful under the skin bumps all over my face which is not going away :( Its been a month now .

    I have stopped using liquid gold but not seeing any improvement .
    Any idea what's causing this ?

    And what would you recommend for these under the skin painful acne spots ?

    Thanks a million !

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    1. Balance Me oil contains sweetalmond oil. To my skin it's a real killer. So I woul try putting it away first. Also, glycolic acid in Liquid Gold should help with current breakouts. My skin improved significantly when I started using BHA - salicylic acid along with nigella oil and callophyllum oil. Check also all of the products you use (including hand creal and body products) in search of any ingredients that are known to pose a breakout risk.

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    2. Thanks alot! Really appreciated :)

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    3. Hi Anonymous,
      Have you broken out from using products with mineral oil before? Alpha-H SPF 50 has mineral oil in it. Now, I am no Caroline (duh haha!) but that is probably the first thing I would stop if I were you. I am 28, and also have combination skin with hormonal breakouts. MO has given me some grief in the past, so I though maybe this could also be the case for you. We all react differently of course, but just give it a go and see how your skin does after a few weeks without it!

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    4. Hi Cat ,
      Thanks for your advice . I tend to use oil free stuff i.e oil free moisturizer / foundation etc .
      I am not sure about mineral oil . I will definitely stop using alpha h moisturizer to see if it causing it. My GP has given me antibiotics now but I am hesitant to use it :(

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  6. I just read an article in the paper yesterday about dermatologists saying we don't need to wash our faces in the morning. But I laughed it off because I already knew that you DO have to wash your face in the morning because Caroline says so (also, because, let's be honest, we all sweat when we sleep). Love your site, Caroline!

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  7. What should I cleanse my face with in the mornings? I'm currently using the E.L.F. Mineral cleanser (no mineral oil!) but I'm wondering if I need to use the exfoliating toner I use at night (switching between Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant and Lancome exfoliating toner) after using Take the Day Off cleansing balm by Clinique Trying to go the good skincare route on a college student's budget.

    Any tips are welcomed! Thank you!

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  8. Do you think it's appropriate to wash the face with a toner or a floral water for a drier skin? I can't make my mom wash her face in the morning, but maybe I shouldn't and a mild toner is ok?

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  10. Interesting!
    Why wouldn't anyone wash their face in the morning? My face is so oily when I wake up, I just have to - it feels so gross. Then at night, I love to cleanse away all the foundation and crap that's lingered throughout the day. Best feeling ever!
    Great post!

    Emma
    (Dear Thirty)

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  11. Thank god for this post, I get twitchy when people tell me they don't wash their face in the morning, It's part of my daily routine right up there with brushing my teeth and all that morning jazz.
    Rosalie x
    RosalieJayne

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  12. As a community nurse I can assure you there are huge numbers of folks who don't wash. On numerous occasions I have been offered a bar of soap which looks to be at least 10 years old and has a stray pube encrusted in it.

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    1. "stray pube encrusted in it"... BAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

      VoyageOfTheMeeMee

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    2. Lol I have to have a shower everyday and of course wash my face there, people are strange cleanliness is Next to godliness I say

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    3. Most people I speak to don't look after their skin properly they don't have a clue. I'm spreading the word as a Beauty therapist and an avid reader of your site. Love it

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  13. Yuck... I personally can't start my day without washing my face. It feels GOOD!

    VoyageOfTheMeeMee

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  14. I can not imagine not washing my face in the morning. My brain would short circuit. I don't understand why people have such an aversion to washing their face! Just do it.

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  15. After spending the night with your face smushed into a pillowcase that has sweat/dead skin cells/hair/drool/whatever on it - EVEN if you change your sheets 3X a week, it's there - how can anyone not wash her face in the morning?? Gross.

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  16. Ahhhh you're gonna cringe - I read that Salma Hayek doesn't wash her face in the morning so I stopped doing it. (WTF). Hello breakouts! Use the Avene gentle gel cleanser in the am's now whcih seems to be doing the trick! xx

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  17. I once worked with a woman who said she COULDN'T wash her face, because her skin was so sensitive. She could only "splash her face with water" in the morning, she said. "Oh, that's also why I hardly ever wear make-up, because anything I could use to take it off with would just hurt my face". "So what do you use when you DO wear make-up?". "Nothing, I just sleep in it". AH. That answers all my questions.

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    1. this made me laugh so hard!

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  18. I always wash my face in the morning, otherwise I would feel gross and half asleep the whole day!

    http://thecalminacookiejar.blogspot.com/

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  19. What would I do without your posts!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  20. I've never even thought of not washing my face in the morning. Ever. I think it's just simply gross if you don't. I don't get it.

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  21. this is great haha
    there's no excuses, have a wash!

    www.chanellejade.blogspot.com

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  22. Must admit I just use a warm flannel on my face in the morning then toner.
    Maybe I should start using a decent cleanser.
    But I wake up with a horribly shiney face, not washing it isn't an option- I would have thought the oil on a face first thing stops any serum absorbing

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  23. THANK YOU! I wouldn't wanna speak to someone who hasn't washed their face yet. I hope people don't ask you the same question about brushing their teeth in the morning!?

    Angel
    High Heels & Lipgloss

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  24. isn't there a difference between cleansing and washing your face? I don't cleanse my face in the morning with a cleanser as I have eczema and therefore not the same oil combination in my skin as people with "normal" skin. My skin doctor says that I under no circumstances should stress my already sensitive skin with a cleanser, so cleansing isn't for everyone. I tried to experiment once with a very gentle and hydrating cleanser and I broke out so badly with eczema all over my face and it went all the way down my neck and it burned. I do however wash my face with water and water can sometimes also be quite rough for my skin. It's just to put a perspective on your post..

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  25. I don't get it... if you brush your teeth at night and then again once you wake up... why wouldn't you do the same with your skin!

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  26. I don't get it... if you brush your teeth at night and then once again when you wake up.... why do people bitch and moan when they are told that they have to do the same with rheir skin!

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  27. LOL excellent post. I cannot believe that people ask this question. Makes you wonder if they ever brush their teeth. I have NEVER not washed my face in the morning. As in ever.

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  28. hey caroline! what's your opinion in glycerin? seems to be the new ingredient everyone is suddenly scared of...

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  29. I'm really loving this series, Caroline! On top of the useful info, you never fail to make me laugh...
    I definitely cleanse my face in the morning. How else would I prep it for all the other stuff I put on it (P50, serum, moisturiser, eye cream etc etc etc...)??? Since joining the Caroline hoard I simply rotate between 2-3 very gentle cleansers.

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  30. Hey Caroline! What is your opinion on glycerin? It seems to be the new ingredient everyone is suddenly afraid of...

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    1. Why would anyone be afraid of glycerin? Plain old vegetable glycerin? Did I miss the latest news here or something? Seems like such a benign ingredient I can't imagine what's going on.

      Em

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  31. This is slightly off topic but I do not know where to write and this is real plea from the heart. I am 55 and have never taken much time to care for my skin. I don't think I have roascea but my nose will turn bright red at the drop of a hat! So many of your readers seem to be 2-40 but what about us older women? Is there REALLY much I can do to improve wrinkles and sun damage at my age (without resorting to expensive procedures?). I feel like I have missed the boat-nothing really changes no matter what I do. Yes I wear sunscreen-though I did not in my 20 and 30's. No one did ay back then. Please give me some hope!

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  32. Great Post!

    Greetings from London,

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

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  33. LMAO I don't know how people go to work or even properly wake up without washing themselves. ALL over. Okay, maybe if you showered the night before you don't need to again but wash your face! Ew.
    I'll admit that on the weekends, I sometimes have coffee/breakfast first and it might take 2 hours *hides* but by then it's really time. Also, my skin gets a grey tinge by then so ... yeah. Plus, even when I was little my mum wouldn't let me leave the house without at least running a flannel over my face.

    Love your blog. :-)

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  34. I always wash my face in the morning with water, just water. It feels very refreshing. I never used a real cleanser because I just have no idea which one to buy, and if I can bring myself to use it daily. But now I'm getting older, I notice that my skin is slightly changing. So maybe it is time to invest in a good cleanser.

    Sofie x
    http://littlegreensofie.blogspot.be/

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  35. Caroline, could you suggest some lighter cleansers than balm type cleansers. I am 40. Love your site & all the amazing info. My skin is so much better aft reading many posts & using new products. Thanks caroline.

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  36. Hello Caroline! I live in Portugal and i love your blog, it teaches me a lot. I'm over 50, combination skin, and now I'm worried about treating my skin wich I think it´s more dried but sometimes it´s shiny. I also soffer of swetting on my face during sometimes in the day. My problem is that some of the brands that you recommend aren't able here. Still we have some french farmacy brands. Is it too much to ask you some advice?I apologyze of my english... And i must tell you I'm a huge fan of make up, i surf a lot in the web, but it´s the first time i make a comment or ask for advice in a make up or fashion blog thank you very much for all that you teach!

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  37. Hello I agree with you on many many things but definitely won't wash my face in the morning, as I won't shower twice either I don't believe in over cleansing, floral water is petfectly fine for me in the morning. So many people have problems with theirskin that should be one of the things to watch...

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  38. Ugh. When I was in full-time, these-writing mode a few years ago, I started to slip on the a.m. cleanse. Then the babies came right after and I am loath to admit that this is something that I am still not diligent with. I am, however, trying, even if it happens at noon.

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  39. Caroline, can you please shout this in my 12 years old daughter? It's NEVER too early to start a good skincare routine!!!

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  40. Just came across this post by Beautilish and I couldn't believe my eyes. Probably your worst nightmare: http://www.beautylish.com/a/vxavq/tia-williams-makeup-remover-tips I really hope no one will follow it.

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  41. Has anyone used the Bravura dermaflannel? Just asking :) I'm tempted...

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  42. Hi Caroline!
    Have you tried the Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm?

    Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil*, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, **Parfum (Fragrance), Citral

    * Ingredients certified as organic by the Soil Association for use in cosmetic products

    ** Ingredients certified as organic by the Ecocert Association for use in cosmetic products

    i have normal to dry skin, will this cleanser be a problem?
    Thanks

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  43. oh Caroline, you're priceless!
    I really don't get why someone wouldn't wash his face in the morning.. it's just weird. that would be like saying you don't need to brush your teeth in the morning. also: I have very sensitive skin and it's all just about the cleanser and not rubbing your face with a towel.

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  44. You are so blunt, I love it. Right up my street! By the way, with your help, my skin is getting ok. Im off the acne pills....ok, so I am having mild breakouts on my chin. But as a whole, its ok. Thats down to you. Thank you xxx
    www.jaychapmanmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

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  45. Hi Caroline,
    I don't live in the UK so some of the products you have recommended i cant get my hands on! I was hoping for some advice and guidance on which products I can use as alternatives, my skin isn't very acne prone unless i use products that are too rich, but i do tend to get cystic spots every now and then which have left me with some scarring i really want to get rid of so i am using the clinique even better dark spot correcting serum, it is also slightly oily in the t-zone so i have blackheads around my nose area that wont budge. Its normal around the cheek area except for mild rosacea that i was born with that nothing seems to help. It tends to be quite dry around the eyes and sometimes forehead. I really want the Emma Hardie cleansing balm but it is not available where I live, do you have any alternative recommendations as well as an appropriate moisturiser for my skin that wont clog my pores and cause more blackheads? I'm currently using Dermalogica activ moist but was thinking of changing to Cliniques moisture surge cream or Clarins hydra quench. For cleansers I thought maybe the Clinique take the day off cleansing balm as an alternative, along with the REN Clearcalm clay cleanser every other day. After reading your post on the Clarins gentle exfoliating toner i was think that could be a good product to add to my regime? SO sorry for the essay, just desperate to find products that will work for my skin! Thank you so much!

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  46. Yes I've used the Dermaflannel! Definitely try it, it made my skin so much better.

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