Wash your face twice a day - AND - especially before bed! This removes the day’s oil, dead cell buildup, and stale products. When you don’t remove this ‘schmutz’, it sticks in your skin’s ‘nooks and crannies’. You would be shocked at the incidental amount of makeup and product seen under the microscope - gunk in pores and between dead skin flakes. When we look at facial skin biopsies, we often see mites, yeast, and bacteria.
Shut-Eye with Makeup
In my 30+ years practicing dermatology, I know clinically (by looking at a complexion) when there will be a lot of this ‘schmutz’ present microscopically. This build-up makes your complexion look dull, and pores are more clogged than normal. Even with an oily shine, the skin's texture is irregular. The fix is a good washing, twice a day.
Sleeping in your eye makeup will also irritate eyes. Your lash line contains productive little oil glands that lubricate your eyes to keep them healthy. If you don't wash your makeup off each night, the oily buildup can clog and inflame your glands. This includes waxes, pigments, and mineral particles found in your makeup.
Not Enough Incentive? What About the Mess on the Pillow Case?
An occasional night spent in your makeup is not that big of a deal, but a habit of it will catch up with your complexion. But don't worry! I have easy-to-use cleansers that remove both makeup and cleanse your skin well. They include:
- Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser for normal to oily skin. This also makes the perfect foam for men who shave - a real skin care efficiency!
- Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser. This is my personal new favorite cleanser. I'm obsessed with it! I use it first with my fingers to remove Blinc mascara (the only 'never smears' mascara that I can wear). I LOVE this cleanser; it has entirely replaced my old love affair with Toleriane. It cleans better and NEVER dries my sensitive skin.
- Then I do a second cleaning with my Clarisonic to deeply clean my pores.
Good Skin Care is ‘B.I.D.’
A habit of washing twice a day is important. This preps your skin for twice daily application of products designed to improve your complexion and maintain skin health. Doctors indicate twice daily by the prescription jargon ‘B.I.D.’ which in Latin translates to “bis in die” or twice a day.
Your skin care should be B.I.D. Some products are best applied in the day, and others in the night. With B.I.D skin care, night time is the best time for some of the most important skin care products.
Important night products include the retinoids. These are anti-wrinkle fighters that also help improve uneven skin, fight clogged pores, and improve acne. Retinoids are in the vitamin A family that include retinol. These powerful ingredients break down with light, so doctors recommend nightly application.
Nighttime is also the best time to apply other therapeutic products that may not look so good on your skin during the day. These might include rich moisturizing creams or acne products.
As a dermatologist, I know the importance of B.I.D skin care. What's my personal nightly skin care routine at the delicate age of 58?
- Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser as above
- Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner
- Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream
- Natural Body and Face Butter Cream. I'm currently mixing this with one of my new facial booster oils that I am developing. Stay tuned. you are going to love this as much as I do!